InnoTrans opens Tuesday in Berlin

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InnoTrans 2018, the world's largest railroad trade fair and technology show, opens in Berlin Tuesday.
Trains: Jim Wrinn
BERLIN, Germany — InnoTrans, that every-other-year worldwide railroad trade show that is part business and part spectacle, opens Tuesday with a record number of exhibitors, 3,062, from 61 countries.

The show claims more than 400 innovations from the global rail sector will be on display through Friday with 146 of them making their international debut. On the unique Outdoor Display as well as on the Bus Display, trade visitors will be able to assess 155 vehicles and, in some cases, test drive them too. At more than 62 per cent, foreign participation remains at its usual high level. This is an indication that InnoTrans continues to be the leading marketing platform for the world’s rail industry. During these four days in Berlin more than 130,000 trade visitors from every continent are expected to attend.

Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Berlin GmbH, says, “More concentrated, more innovative, more informative – this is what trade visitors from all over the world will find at the 12th InnoTrans. Once again we have broken the previous record, set in 2016, and achieved new best-ever figures for the number of exhibitors, vehicles on display, and items making their first international appearance.”

Matthias Steckmann, divisional head of Mobility & Services at Messe Berlin GmbH, says, “InnoTrans is now well-established internationally as the outstanding platform for the industry. Not only is it the world’s leading trade fair for the rail sector, but it has now become established as an essential platform for every aspect of local passenger transport too.”

As in previous years, the proportion of exhibitors from outside Europe has again risen, with the largest increases being from India and Taiwan. Once again the Japanese joint booth occupies an entire exhibition hall. Furthermore 25 high ranking business delegations from some 18 countries are expected on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds during InnoTrans 2018, for example, from Abu Dhabi, India, and the U.S.

Making its debut at the trade fair is the HackTrain Hackathon powered by InnoTrans. During the fair elite teams of innovators comprising 80 developers, designers, and start-up entrepreneurs from all over the world will be developing prototype apps, software and websites for the rail sector. During the afternoon of the last day (21 Sept.) the four leading teams will be competing with one another in the final round, culminating in the naming of the winner of this technology marathon.

There are also numerous innovations on display, including the Avelia Horizon , a double-decker high-speed train made by the French company Alstom. CRRC Corp. Limited from China is exhibiting its new shunting locomotive powered by a hybrid AC unit, which has been designed for use on European railways. Stadler is exhibiting seven completely new vehicles, all featuring innovative developments including a new, lightweight, low-maintenance truck. The Velaro Novo from Siemens Mobility, which is making its world debut, is a new, highly economical, sustainable and comfortable vehicle concept for high speed trains. One of the items from Vossloh AG is also is also making its world premiere at the trade fair: a compact, Multi Purpose Milling machine for dealing with hotspots on the track on mainline and local routes.

Once again Messe Berlin has published its Innovation Report, available at www.innotrans.de/en/Press/Innovations/, which contains details of all the innovative developments and world premieres to be found at InnoTrans 2018. So-called Innovation Tours are also taking place each day. On selected booths leading representatives of various companies will be reporting on their latest innovations and world premieres and will also be answering participants’ questions. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

InnoTrans provides a unique opportunity to find out more about the fascinating world of railways, not only for international experts but also for interested members of the public: On Sept. 22 and 23, the Outdoor Display on the Messe Berlin grounds will be open all day to all, and young rail enthusiasts are especially welcome. More rolling stock and vehicles than ever before, 145 in all, can be seen this year. Exhibits range from the old steam locomotive Emma, which is still operating, to the very latest train of idea from Deutsche Bahn at the South Entrance. The public will be admitted to the Messe Berlin Outdoor Display on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults is three euros and free for children under 14.


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