INTRO: Four extra halls will be needed to accommodate all the exhibitors

Five months before the start of InnoTrans 2006, the Berlin show is on course to be bigger than ever. The international trade fair has been expanding steadily since the first event 10 years ago, and this year it will be 15% bigger than 2004, requiring four additional exhibition halls.

With exhibitors from 36 countries on every continent already registered, InnoTrans 2006 is expected to attract 50000 trade visitors from all over the world. Exhibitors will be representing all areas of international rail transport technology, ranging from systems manufacturers active on a world-wide scale to small and medium sized suppliers, service providers, research institutes, and export promotion agencies.

Good response to new sections

There has been a good response to the new sections being introduced for 2006. One of these is Interiors, which will occupy the whole of Hall 6.2, while Tunnel Construction will be making its debut in Hall 7.2. Additional halls will be allocated for Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure and Public Transport. Demand for display space on the rail track and outdoor areas has doubled compared to 2004.

Many UK suppliers will represented, and the Railway Industry Association will have three stands in different parts of the exhibition. RIA’s International Business Development Director Tim Gray says "there is no doubt that InnoTrans is the largest and most important event for the industry. Demand from British companies to exhibit at InnoTrans grows each time".

Career Point première

Several exhibitors at InnoTrans offer a starting point for newcomers to the rail industry. For 2006 the fair is addressing the needs of newcomers, under the slogan "working together for a successful future". Amongst all the displays and other activities, a new Career Point is being set up as a means of passing on skills and expertise to schoolchildren, trainees and students with a technical interest in rail transport or public transport in general.

Located in Hall 4.1, where companies such as Alstom, Balfour Beatty Rail, Bombardier, Siemens, Knorr-Bremse and Voith will be represented, the Career Point will occupy an area of 300 m2. It will offer a simple and direct way for anyone with a professional interest in the industry to make contact with exhibitors, obtain information and careers advice, and gain insights into the various forms of training on offer.

To encourage potential students to attend the show, a special rate of €8 per person is being offered to groups of seven or more people. Further details can be obtained from the Visitor Service pages at

InnoTrans 2006 information

Location: Berlin Trade Fair

September 19-22 , 09.00 - 18.00

Admission (including catalogue):

One-day ticket €32

Season ticket €42

For more details contact:

InnoTrans 2006, Messe Berlin GmbH, Messedamm 22, D-14055 Berlin, GermanyTel: +49 30 3038 2036 Fax: +49 30 3038 2190

CAPTION: Trainees and students will find their own starting point at InnoTrans 2006