Tunnel industry meets at InnoTrans 2008

New hall for presenting tunnel construction - International trade fair for transport technology from 23 to 26 September in Berlin

Berlin, (PresseBox) - This year InnoTrans, the world's leading trade show for transport technology, again provides an outstanding platform for the international tunnel construction sector to demonstrate its capabilities and its innovative strengths. Following a successful introduction at InnoTrans 2006, tunnel experts from all over the world will again be attending the display devoted to Tunnel Construction and the International Tunnel Forum from 23 to 26 September.

"Tunnel construction in Germany, as well as throughout Europe and the world, makes a significant contribution to safeguarding and improving the mobility of people and goods", according to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alfred Haack, the long term general manager of STUVA and organizer of the International Tunnel Forum at InnoTrans. "This is emphatically confirmed by the latest statistics: the more than 1,300 km of transport tunnels in Germany will be extended by a further 450 km over the next 10 to 15 years. In Europe some 2,500 km are expected to be added to the 15,000 km of transport tunnels currently in use. It is believed that some 7,000 km of new tunnels are under construction around the world. This develop-ment underlines the continued validity of the decision to include tunnel construction in the programme of this exhibition since the InnoTrans 2006."

Exhibitors from all over Europe

Once again companies from all over Europe will again be setting up their displays on an area measuring some 2,000 square metres on the Exhibition Grounds. They include such market leaders as Herrenknecht and other well known names such as Amberg Engineering, Angermeier Ingenieure, Bator Tunneltore, Bochumer Eisenhütte Heintzmann, CFT Compactfiltertechnik, Dräger Safety, GEODATA ZT, Handelsvermittlung Heibel, Heintzmann Sicherheitssysteme, Hilti Deutschland, Implenia Construction, IVG Colbachini, Kabelwerk Eupen, Pöyry Infra, Rothbucher Systeme, Royalplast, SPACETEC Datengewinnung, STUVA e.V., TALLERES ZITRON, Valente and Xella Trockenbau-Systeme.

One change this year has been the decision to relocate the displays by tunnelling companies to Hall 5.2. This enables Tunnel Construction to form a link between the two largest sections of InnoTrans - Railway Technology and Railway Infrastructure. In particular this will enable a greater emphasis to be placed on the synergies between Railway Infrastructure and Tunnel Construction. The Virtual Market Place of InnoTrans shows the extent of the references to other areas of the exhibition: this platform for information and communication contains 631 entries under the heading of Tunnel Construction.

As a result of these changes the flow of trade visitors will be directed straight to the Tunnel Construction section, which will therefore benefit from the new InnoTrans site layout. Due to a massive demand for display space this event will be occupying the entire Exhibition Grounds for the first time. The Main North Entrance will form part of this concept, and it will be possible to make a complete circuit of the halls around the central area of the Exhibition Grounds, known as the Summer Garden.

While the exhibition hall will be the venue for business negotiations for four days, only a few metres way in Hall 7 at the International Tunnel Forum the emphasis will be on the transfer of expertise and an exchange of views about important and highly topical issues in this field. The forum is being organized at InnoTrans for the second time by STUVA - Studien-gesellschaft für unterirdische Verkehrsanlagen e. V. (Study Group for Underground Transport Installations) - on 24 and 25 September, from 2 to 4 p.m. each day. The subject on the first day will be "International tunnelling. chances and risks", with "Construction, maintenance and repair: where is the future of tunnelling?" on the second day. Various associated questions will be discussed by leading experts from Germany and abroad. Professor Dr.-Ing. Haack: "The International Tunnel Forum will underline the economic importance of the construction and operation of tunnels in Germany and in Europe."

About InnoTrans

Tunnel Construction and the International Tunnel Forum are making use of InnoTrans as a platform which continues to expand its position as a leading worldwide meeting place for transport technology. For the first time in its twelve years of existence this superlative event InnoTrans will occupy all available space on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Companies from 41 countries will be displaying innovative products and services on an area measuring some 150,000 square meters. This is some 50 per cent larger than at the event two years ago. There are now more than 1,850 exhibitors, also a new record, and around half of these exhibitors are coming from outside Germany. The 70,000 trade visitors from all over the world can expect an event offering entirely new dimensions: more exhibitors, a considerably expanded display area and additional sections of track on which to present rail vehicles. InnoTrans is organized by Messe Berlin GmbH. For more information: www.innotrans.com

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