Despite the consolidation affecting infrastructure managers in both Finland and Sweden, Elmia expects the fair to attract at least the 4000 visitors seen in 2009. With an increase in booked floor space from 6741 m2 to 7461 m2, this year's show will host 272 exhibitors, up by 16 on 2009 .
Whilst the main exhibition hall concentrates exclusively on the railway industry, the adjacent Future Transport hall is focused on intermodal traffic and the issues facing logistics specialists and freight forwarders.
As in previous years, the trade show is supported by a wide range of conference seminars taking place on the same site across all three days. The headline discussions this year will focus on ERTMS, new lines and traction innovation. On October 4, Stefan Schwab of Denmark's Trafikstyrelsen will give a presentation on the safety authority's role in supervising the resignalling of Banedanmark's principal main lines with ETCS Level 2, and the København S-bane with CBTC.
Also on October 5, Jan Schneider and Inara Trabo of Banedanmark will detail the objectives of the project to build a 64 km line between Ny Ellebyjerg and Ringsted, whilst on the same day a series of four presentations led by speakers from Sweden's TFK research institute and Vossloh España will address the potential for dual-mode locomotives to spur rail freight growth in the region.
- Meet the Railway Gazette International team on Stand D01:35