Even though the opening of the fair is still a good six months away, the InnoTrans 2004 railway technology fair in Berlin is already breaking virtually every record. The net display space of around 29500 m2 booked for InnoTrans 2002 has already been matched.
InnoTrans spokesman Wolfgang Wagner says "two years ago we welcomed over 1000 exhibitors to our trade fair, and we look set to beat that figure this year." This means that InnoTrans is on course to consolidate its reputation as the world’s leading marketing platform for railway technology.
At the international level, too, the trade fair is becoming more and more important. In 2002, 40% of exhibitors and 26% of the approximately 35000 trade visitors came from outside Germany. To date, firms from 30 countries have signed up, including many first-time exhibitors. Among the countries posting the fastest rates of increase are Austria, Belgium, Romania and South Korea. South Korea’s Rotem Company is marking its InnoTrans premiere this year, and other first-time exhibitors include firms from India and Israel.
Transport ministers and railway chiefs from around the world gather in Berlin
The InnoTrans Convention will once again put together a high-quality programme this year. Preparations are under way for the third East European & Asian Rail Summit (EEARS). This offers a forum where transport ministers and railway chiefs can meet and discuss solutions to common problems. A Dialogue-Forum will address topics of current railway technology.
Specialist conference, workshop and presentations on railway infrastructure
Safe track and modern traffic management systems are among the prerequisites for effective railway operations, and it is to these two components that BahnBau 2004 is devoted. For the fourth time, this year’s event is being held as part of InnoTrans. The specialist conference and workshop is organised by the Association of German Railway Engineers (VDEI).
At the InnoTrans "BahnBau" exhibition, visitors can see what engineering consultants, infrastructure materials producers and construction companies have to offer. The high level of interest two years ago is proof that they have found the right platform here in Berlin. BahnBau 2002 was attended by 179 exhibitors from 16 different countries. Already, more space has been reserved than for that event, so that in September 2004 the infrastructure and track technology segment will occupy an extra hall.
A virtual marketplace that never closes
Previously, InnoTrans closed its doors after only a few days. But on the World Wide Web the leading railway technology fair is open around the clock, 365 days a year. Our virtual marketplace www.innotrans.de currently carries details of more than 800 exhibitors from 30 different countries, with a total of more than 4000 products on offer. The site gives internet users all over the world access to useful online information on firms exhibiting at the industry’s leading trade fair. To date, the "InnoTrans Virtual Marketplace" pages have registered over 55000 visitors and 270800 page views.
Contact data for InnoTrans 2004
Matthias Steckmann, Project Manager, InnoTrans 2004, Messe Berlin GmbH, Messedamm 22, D-14055 Berlin, GermanyTel: +49 (0) 30 3038 2036 Fax: +49 (0) 30 3038 2190
CAPTION: The "InnoTrans Station" with its static track displays is one of the factors in the fair’s success and a focal point of visitor interest.