InnoTrans 2008: Railway Infrastructure, an expanding section with a distinctive identity

Second largest section at this leading international trade show with more exhibitors and increased area - Strong international representation - Industry meeting place InnoTrans from 23 to 26 September in Berlin

Berlin, (PresseBox) - InnoTrans is one of the most successful trade shows anywhere in the world, with continuous increases in exhibitor and visitor numbers and the display area for the past twelve years. This remarkably dynamic development applies not only to the trade show as a whole: each individual section at this leading trade show for transport technology has also expanded. In recent years individual sections such as Railway Infrastructure, Public Transport, Tunnel Construction and Interiors have grown to such an extent that they could compete with other specialist trade shows taking place around the world.

The specialist section devoted to Railway Infrastructure in particular has no equal anywhere in the world. The section of the display dealing with Railway Infrastructure is second only in size to Railway Technology and was already attracting some 250 exhibitors two years ago. More than 300 companies will be participating in InnoTrans 2008, and over half of all the exhibitors will be from abroad, making this section of the trade show even more international in character. The display area has been increased too. At the InnoTrans 2006 some 20,000 square metres was occupied by Railway Infrastructure, and this year it will cover some 22,000 square metres.

An excellent rail transport infrastructure is the main basis for ensuring the lasting success of a railway system. With this in mind this section will focus on aspects such as track technology, construction work, signalling, instrumentation and control systems for new lines and the expansion of existing track, as well as for the maintenance and repair of existing links.

Exhibitors in the Railway Infrastructure section will be presenting their innovations at InnoTrans in Halls 25 and 26 and, due to increased demand, will also be using Hall 23b for the first time. They will include many leading names from home and abroad, including Balfour Beatty, Max Bögl, Plasser und Theurer, Spitzke, Thyssen Krupp, VOEST Alpine and Vossloh.

Innovative technologies and ecology

Balfour Beatty Rail will be focusing on innovative measurement technologies and the monitoring of railway infrastructure work at this year's trade show in Berlin. "We measure our performance through your success" is the slogan of this particular display. "Our new concept for the trade show is intended to show that we have identified the requirements of international markets", explains Manfred Leger, Group Managing Director Balfour Beatty Rail. "To an increasing extent we see our task as one of offering customers various scenarios for coping with the individual and multiple challenges facing them. We are well aware that this involves much more than just the execution of a particular project. Nowadays it is vitally important to ensure efficient integration of the work carried out by the various skilled trades, as well as strict adherence to deadlines and budgets."

With a stand that is considerably larger than the one used at InnoTrans 2006 the SPITZKE group is highlighting its specialist skills in the construction of railway installations. Two aspects form the focal point of this year's display at the fair: ecology and the renaissance of railways as the transport of the future. At the centre of a stand measuring more than 300 square metres is the "Information Market Place", which will be the venue for a number of events during InnoTrans.

The slogan for the discussions on the opening day will be "Working for SPITZKE", and will deal with the varied qualifications and career openings in railway construction. It has therefore been planned as a meeting place for young engineers in particular. Some outstanding participants can be seen on 25 September at the "SPITZKE industry meeting", featuring discussions with leading managers in the railway construction sector, and which will be devoted to the subject of "The market and competition". According to Waldemar Münich, Chairman of the Board of SPITZKE AG: "InnoTrans is the largest and most important trade fair for us. It gives us international exposure. People see us and we can attract people's attention. We can also share in discussions."

The companies belonging to the Vossloh group are on display with their products on three stands covering some 1,400 square metres. The slogan of the presentation at InnoTrans 2008 is "Understanding Mobility". The main stand in Hall 26 has been designed as a forum for communication. Each day during the trade show some prominent speakers will be presenting technical papers and the product highlights will be featured in a series of presentations. The exhibits will include hybrid technology for local public transport systems that has been developed by Vossloh Kiepe and is now ready for mass production. This drive system enables substantial reductions to be made in the fuel consumption of city buses and exhaust gases can also be minimised. The hybrid drive has already proved its effectiveness under practical conditions, for example in the 24 metre-long hybrid, double articulated bus, the "LighTram", which has been developed jointly with Carrosserie HESS. Carrosserie HESS is represented in a display entitled "Bus presentation" on the open air grounds between Halls 2.1 and 4.1.

Messe Berlin GmbH

InnoTrans 2008 will be taking place from 23 to 26 September on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Already some 1,650 exhibitors have registered to attend, which is higher than the 2006 figure. The display area in the halls and on the open air grounds exceeds 130,000 square metres. Two years ago it was 100,000 square metres. The rail track area is being increased and by the time the trade show starts it will extend to more than 3,000 running metres. All these developments are enabling InnoTrans to further consolidate its position as the world's leading business platform for the industry. Some 70,000 trade visitors from more than 100 countries are also expected. InnoTrans is organised by Messe Berlin GmbH. For more information: www.innotrans.com

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