The last IAF track technology trade show was held in 2017.

INTERNATIONAL: More than 120 exhibitors from 60 countries have been confirmed as taking part in the 28th International Exhibition of Track Technology at Münster in northwest Germany from May 31 to June 2.

Organised by German railway engineering association VDEI, the IAF show covers 10 000 m2 of hall space, 6 000 m2 of outdoor areas and more than 3 km of track where vehicles and equipment can be displayed.

The event is to be formally opened on May 31 by Frank Sennhenn, Chairman of the Management Board of German infrastructure manager DB Netz.

As part of the opening ceremony, VDEI will present a €3 000 sponsorship award for outstanding work by young engineers from the railway sector. Eight colleges or universities and three fields of study have made the shortlist of final submissions.

VDEI has also nominated Poland as this year’s ‘guest country’, in recognition what the association describes as ‘the positive development of Polish railway infrastructure and the planned modernisation steps in the coming years’.

‘We are delighted that so many exhibitors are remaining loyal to our trade fair and will once again be presenting their solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our industry this year’, said Dr Siegfried Krause, IAF Trade Fair Director and Managing Director of VDEI Service. ‘These include the shortage of skilled workers, the need to reduce COin the face of climate change, and, of course, digitalisation. Once again, there will be some absolute world premieres to see.’