InnoTrans 2008: Setting new standards at the world fair for transport technology

More exhibitors, additional halls, longer rail track - international industry meeting place, 23 - 26 September in Berlin

Berlin, (PresseBox) - InnoTrans continues to consolidate its position as the world's leading business platform for transport technology. Between 23 and 26 September some 70,000 trade visitors from all over the world can expect to experience an event offering completely new dimensions: more exhibitors, a considerably expanded display area and longer sections of track on which to present rail vehicles. In all the main areas this event is likely to even improve on the outstanding achieve-ments of two years ago. Even at this stage 1,650 exhibitors have registered to attend (compared with 1,603 two years ago). The display area in the halls and on the open-air grounds exceeds 130,000 square metres (2006: 100,000) and by the start of the fair there will be some 3,500 running metres of rail track (2,000 two years ago).

The organisers of this event have responded to the flood of enquiries from every continent with a new concept for the Exhibition Grounds. At the end of September the historic, naturally lit halls at the northern end of the fair, adjacent to the halls in the southern section of the grounds, will be used for the first time for this event. This means a clearer layout for trade visitors wishing to make a circuit of the fair, and improvements to the structure of the exhibition. Access to public transport from the north entrance is now just as good as it is from the south entrance.

InnoTrans 2008 will again feature all the leading names in this business sector, with a list of speakers that reads like a who's who of the industry. And it is not just railway technology companies that exhibit at InnoTrans. Individual sections of this event have now virtually evolved into separate trade fairs, and this is also the case with Railway Infrastructure, Interiors, Tunnel Construction and Public Transport. The latter completes its display this year for the first time by featuring buses designed for local and regional services. New buses can be seen, for example, on an open air site between Halls 2.1 and 4.1.

International participation a main feature of this event

InnoTrans has always been notable for a high level of international participation, and this year companies, associations and institutions from no less than 41 countries have applied to attend this leading trade show. More exhibitors than ever before will be coming from the Middle East, Australia and Asia. In addition to companies from Europe with a strong railway tradition, firms from countries such as Bahrain, Brazil, India, Iran, Israel, Korea, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbian, Slovenia and Taiwan will also be represented in Berlin.

In addition 15 national industrial associations will be "flying the flag" in order to publicise the economic strengths of the industry in their own countries. They will include associations from Australia, France, the United Kingdom, Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain.

InnoTrans has become established as an outstanding marketing and communication platform, and is being used increasingly for this purpose by transport companies such as Deutsche Bahn, PKP (Poland) ÖBB (Austria), Russian Railways, SBB (Switzerland) and SNCF (France), among others.

The recipe for success at InnoTrans continues to be a three-fold one, comprising the trade show, the display on the outdoor rail tracks and the convention. Issues of current concern to the industry will be the subject of compact, high quality discussions between experts, centred around the Dialogue Forum, which is being organised by a number of well-known associations, Deutsches Verkehrsforum, Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen (VDV), the Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE) and Verband der Bahnindustrie in Deutschland (VDB).

In 2006 there was a good response to the International Tunnel Forum, which is being held again this year by Studiengesellschaft für unterirdische Verkehrsanlagen (STUVA). Other highlights of the Convention will include the European and Asian Rail Summit (EARS), under the leadership of Deutsche Bahn AG, which will provide a meeting place for transport ministers and the director generals of European and Asian rail transport companies.

Speeding up entry into the trade show with online ticket sales

It can get very crowded at the start of the fair, but trade visitors can cut their waiting times by using the online ticket office at The badges that will grant them admission can be printed out straight away. As soon as they arrive in the city visitors who have purchased a so-called combined ticket will benefit from being able to use public transport in Berlin free of charge. These tickets are being made available to exhibitors too for the first time this year.

The InnoTrans website also offers a number of attractive packages for travel, hotels and other services. It is worth booking early because, in previous years, not only has the number of trade visitors at InnoTrans been steadily rising, they are also spending more time in the city.

About InnoTrans

The seventh InnoTrans will be taking place from 23 to 26 September 2008 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. With over 1,600 exhibitors from 41 countries and a display area in excess of 100,000 square metres the InnoTrans in September 2006 provided impressive proof of its position as the pre-eminent international business platform for the industry. Around 64,000 trade visitors from 109 countries attended the sixth InnoTrans on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. InnoTrans is organised by Messe Berlin GmbH. For more information:

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