More than 230 international manufacturers of railway systems and their suppliers are presenting their latest products in the Energy and Electro-engineering section of InnoTrans 2012. They occupy a total of nine halls surrounding the Berlin radio tower, the Funkturm, which are two halls more than in 2010. Among the main items on display are cables and plug-in connectors, power electronics and converters. Other products include innovative switches, relays, mounting racks and batteries.
The international exhibitors include Medha from India, Microelettrica Scientifica from Italy and the companies on the joint stands of the Danish Export Association and the Australian Rail Transport Industry. Two German firms, SMA und Wago, are particularly prominent. Each occupies an entire hall, and Wago has almost doubled its display area since 2010.
"For many decades the rail industry has been an important international sales market for us," said Sven Hohorst, General Manager of Wago Kontakttechnik GmbH. "With our display at InnoTrans we are now occupying an entire hall to make the most of this opportunity to use the right surroundings for emphasising this importance. We shall be strengthening many long-established relations with customers as well as making new contacts to develop new markets."
A large number of the German exhibitors in the electro-engineering section of InnoTrans are members of the ZVEI Electric Railways Trade Association. General Manager Herbert Zimmermann: "The 100 or so ZVEI exhibitors at the fair are presenting their electrical engineering and electronic solutions for rail transport in a globally competitive environment – an ideal opportunity for confirming their strong international position and for developing it further."
Advanced technology and world premieres
During the four days of the fair, from 18 to 21 September, the more than 100,000 trade visitors from all over the world can inspect numerous innovative products which are being shown publicly for the first time at InnoTrans 2012. Among the world premieres that have already been announced, for example, are those of the M12 plug-in connector from Hypertac for railway engineering applications and the rack system being presented by Rittal for all kinds of uses in the IT field.
Halls surrounding the Funkturm will also include a Speakers' Corner
For visitors the easiest access to the Energy and Electro-Engineering segment in the halls surrounding the Funkturm is through the East entrance or the entrance at Hall 9. On-site registration is only possible at these two entrances. With two Speakers' Corners, in Halls 14.2 and 15.2, the ring surrounding the Funkturm is also the ideal place for obtaining first hand information about the exhibitors' products and their company profiles. Food and beverages are also available in the new Oktoberfest marquee directly in front of Hall 17.