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InnoTrans 2014 opens its doors tomorrow

The tenth edition of InnoTrans, the biggest rail show in the world, kicks off tomorrow. A total of 2,758 exhibitors from 55 countries are occupying a 200,000 square metre display area at Berlin ExpoCenter City to present innovative railway technology and services.

At this year’s show the famous five sections dedicated to Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure, Public Transport, Interiors and Tunnel Construction will return.

In addition there will be 140 products making their world premiere at the show, and 145 innovative rail vehicles will be presented in the outdoor display area on rail tracks.

During the four days of this trade show Messe Berlin, who run InnoTrans, is expecting more than 100,000 trade visitors from all over the world. Last year they received over 120,000 visitors.

Dr Christian Göke, chief executive officer of Messe Berlin, said: “InnoTrans is a real phenomenon. Since its launch in 1996 InnoTrans has never ceased to expand, becoming the industry’s leading event in record time. Aptly marking its tenth anniversary the trade fair has set new records, with an overall display area of 200,000 square metres and a renewed increase in exhibitors.“

“For the global rail industry, InnoTrans is the ideal location for companies to define their market position, introduce new products and access new markets,” according to the event’s director Matthias Steckmann. “During its four-day run this trade show achieves the highest possible concentration of supply and demand for the worldwide rail market. This in turn creates outstanding conditions for everyone involved in planning sales and organizing procurement.”

The Railway Technology segment, which has been described as the ‘heart and soul’ of InnoTrans in the past, will occupy 28 display halls with more than 1,500 exhibitors displaying their wares.

Products on show include everything from components and systems to new engines and rail vehicle services and, from 23-26 September, trade visitors will be able to obtain a comprehensive overview of all the latest technology innovations.

Exhibitors include world-leading vehicle manufacturers such as Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens, GE Transportation, CSR and CNR.

The trade show is taking on an even more international flavour with exhibitors from Argentina, Morocco, Belarus, Lithuania and Macedonia all making their InnoTrans debut. There will also be a big rise in the number of exhibitions from the USA and China.

A particular point of interest for British visitors may be the Thameslink Desiro City carriages that Siemens will be showing for the first time.

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