InnoTrans opening event: Innovative rail technologies and climate change

Round table talks with distinguished participants on the industry’s main topics – Dialogue Forum, International Tunnel Forum and European and Asian Rail Summit – International industry meeting from 23 to 26 September in Berlin

Berlin, (PresseBox) - The opening event of InnoTrans 2008 could be described as an international summit conference for the rail industry. The EU Transport Commissioner will be meeting with senior executives of the leading manufacturers of railway systems and with one of the world's largest rail industry customers, the representatives of industrial associations and the German transport minister. Never before have so many distinguished participants been expected at the opening event of the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology. The Decision-Makers' Round Table is eagerly awaited, particularly since it focuses on one of the main challenges facing the industry: "Innovative Rail Technologies and Climate Change".

Taking part in these discussions, at 10 a.m. on 23 September, will be Wolfgang Tiefensee, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, Günter Elste, President of Verband Deutscher Verkehrs-unternehmen e.V. (VDV), representing Germany's transport enterprises, Hartmut Mehdorn, Chairman of the Board of Deutsche Bahn AG, Philippe Mellier, President Alstom Transport S.A., André Navarri, President Bombardier Transportation and Dr. Hans-Jörg Grundmann, CEO Division Mobility, Siemens AG and the EU Transport Commissioner.

For the first time the InnoTrans opening event will be taking place at the Palais am Funkturm, a venue that matches the importance of the occasion. The choice of the Palais am Funkturm, which is also the starting point for the subsequent tour of the fair, is in keeping with the new concept for the site of this event. Due to the expected upsurge in the number of exhibitors from all over the world at InnoTrans, the exhibition halls at the northern end of the grounds will be utilised for the first time, thus creating a complete circuit around the central Summer Garden.

Supporting programme of InnoTrans 2008 has now been finalised

InnoTrans is setting new records in terms of the number of exhibitors and the display area, and the supporting programme also contains some significant improvements. The InnoTrans Convention consists of three main features, the Dialogue Forum, the International Tunnel Forum and the European and Asian Rail Summit (EARS), all with outstanding speakers and fascinating topics. All the details of these compact, high quality meetings of experts have now been finalised.

The focal point is the Dialogue Forum, which is being organised by a number of prominent transport industry organisations, Deutsches Verkehrsforum - German Transport Forum -, Verband Deutscher Verkehrs- unternehmen - Association of German Transport Companies - (VDV), the Union of European Railway Industries (UNIFE) and Verband der Bahn-industrie in Deutschland - German Railway Industry Association (VDB).

The individual events cover a wide spectrum: "Technologies drive markets - railway rolling stock", "EU green paper on urban mobility: added value or mobility obstacle?", "Technologies drive markets - railway infrastructure and signalling systems", "Invest or lose: what comes after the GVFG? (German Municipal Transport Financing Act)", and "International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) - rail industry quality standards". The Dialogue Forum is taking place on 24 and 25 September, from 10 a.m. to 12 midday and from 2 to 4 p.m. on both days, and from 10 a.m. to 12 midday on 26 September (Hall 7, admission free to trade visitors).

Following its successful launch at InnoTrans 2006 the International Tunnel Forum is being held again this year at the transport technology trade fair in Berlin. It is being organised by STUVA - Studiengesellschaft für unterirdische Verkehrsanlagen e. V., Cologne and in 2008 it will deal with the following subjects: "International tunnelling: chances and risks", and "Construction, maintenance and repair: Where is the future of tunnelling?" (24 and 25 September, 2 to 4 p.m. on both days, Hall 7, admission free to trade visitors)

The European and Asian Rail Summit (EARS) is yet another highlight of the supporting programme. Transport ministers and the director generals of European and Asian transport companies will be meeting for the fifth time at InnoTrans to engage in a dialogue, along with members and observers from the Organisation for the Combined Operation of Railways (OSShD). This year the emphasis is on: "Asia -Europe - from test train to regular service". The organisers are the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Deutsche Bahn AG and the German Railway Industry Association (VDB). The EARS will be taking place from 22 to 24 September (by invitation only).

Other events taking place during InnoTrans

The Public Transport Forum is being held for the sixth time at InnoTrans. On 25 September (10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.) the subject will be "Public Transport for future generations - New requirements on an established system" The organisers of this forum are PBV Planungsbüro für Verkehr / ETC Transport Consultants GmbH. (Hall 7.1, participation fee: 120 euros)

The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) has announced that it will be holding a general meeting during InnoTrans 2008, to be attended by the CEOs of all its member companies. Member-ship of the CER, which is based in Brussels, comprises 70 rail companies and infrastructural enterprises from the countries of the European Union, the applicant countries of Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey, and other countries.

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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