INTRO: This year’s international Rail Summit will be held on September 19

Once again, the European and Asian Rail Summit will serve to underscore the international character of InnoTrans. Guests from more than 50 countries in Europe and Asia, including transport ministers, railway CEOs and leading representatives from the railway industry have been invited to gather for the Summit in Berlin on September 19. EARS 2006 is being hosted by Deutsche Bahn AG, and the programme is focused on the challenges that currently face railways in western, central and eastern Europe, and in Asia.

InnoTrans will also be attracting top-level representatives from the international railway associations. Also on September 19, there will be a General Meeting of the Community of European Railways & Infrastructure Managers (CER) and a meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Railways (UIC).

Gotthard base tunnel première

The introduction of the new Tunnel Construction segment has motivated Implenia AG of Switzerland to exhibit at InnoTrans for the first time. Formed through the merger of Batigroup-Holding AG and Zschokke Holding AG with effect from January 1 2006, Implenia AG is now Switzerland’s largest construction services company. A major share of its business is in tunnelling and specialised civil engineering. Implenia is playing an important role in the boring of the 57 km Gotthard base tunnel. Upon completion in 2016, this will be the world’s longest rail tunnel, and it will be the most impressive reference in Implenia’s display.

Automatic Train Control

Systems supplier GE Transportation will be showing its SSC automatic train control system at InnoTrans 2006. Designed to provide continuous control of train speed, SSC is based on microwave data communication between lineside signals and onboard equipment. GE Transportation developed the technology with Italian infrastructure manager RFI and state-owned train operator TrenItalia. The first SSC installation was put into service during July on RFI’s 438 km long main line on the Italian island of Sardinia. SCC complies with current CENELEC electrotechnical standards for use in any country.

International marketing platform

"2004 was a great success, so we’re coming back to InnoTrans a second time", says Rolf Hess of Swiss company Ruf Telematik AG. Centrepiece of the company’s display is its VisiWeb passenger information system, which provides travellers with up-to-date information across different modes on buses and trains or at stations. Ruf Telematik aims wherever possible to produce all components itself to high quality standards, from software programming to manufacture of the display units. According to Hess, InnoTrans offers an ideal marketing platform to increase international business.

CAPTION: Switzerland’s Implenia AG is a specialist in tunnelling and advanced civil engineering

CAPTION: Having participated in the European and Asian Rail Summit at InnoTrans 2004, DB AG Chairman Hartmut Mehdorn is also expected to attend this year’s event

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