INNOTRANS: The four days of the InnoTrans 2022 trade fair attracted 2 834 exhibitors from 56 countries and 137 394 visitors from 131 countries, organiser Messe Berlin reports. The number of first-time visitors was particularly high at 56%, and 57% of visitors were from outside Germany.
‘After the pandemic-induced break, InnoTrans 2022 has made a phenomenal return. At last the industry family has come together again. After a long wait we were able to exchange ideas in person and look each other in the eye’, said InnoTrans Director Kerstin Schulz.
There were 250 world premieres at the event, and 128 vehicles and other exhibits were displayed in the outdoor areas.
‘InnoTrans has once again impressively demonstrated that it is the industry summit that shows today what will be on the rail and road tomorrow’, said Martin Ecknig, CEO of Messe Berlin.
The next InnoTrans event will take place from September 24 to 27 2024.
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‘It has been a huge emotion to see the industry gathered again after four years. It was the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to sustainability and our call to modal shift.’
Henri Poupart-Lafarge, CEO & Chairman of Alstom
‘Our delegation of 180 people from across Australia had the opportunity to meet with an incredible range of industry representatives from around the globe throughout the week. The Australian pavilion also drew some sizeable crowds thanks to a range of networking events, giving delegation members the chance to showcase the significant rail capability that exists in the Australian market.’
Caroline Wilkie, CEO of the Australasian Railway Association
‘We can only shape the future of the railway together with strong partners. That is why the exchange within the industry at InnoTrans is so important.’
Dr Richard Lutz, Chief Executive of Deutsche Bahn
‘There is a spirit of optimism in the industry. Everyone is unanimous in the opinion that we are on the right path to a sustainable future — manufacturers, politicians, operators and customers. We have to take this momentum with us and now go into implementation.’
Dr Florian Eck, Managing Director of German transport forum DVF
‘InnoTrans is the most important meeting in the industry and we were delighted to finally meet our customers and partners in person again.’
Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility
‘The feedback from the visitors clearly confirmed to us how inspiring the personal exchange with our customers and partners is for the future of mobility.’
Peter Spuhler, CEO of Stadler Rail
’Although Chinese exhibitors were less present than four years ago and Russian exhibitors not at all, there were just as many participants as in 2018 — and even more high-quality business contacts were made, right up to the final day. This exudes optimism for the next two years.’
Axel Schuppe, General Manager of German railway industry association VDB
‘It’s incredible to see so many different companies that create rail around the world, and it’s great to visit so many organisations’
Fi Westcough, National Chair, Young Rail Professionals (UK).