InnoTrans 2012: Railway Infrastructure Segment has Expanded and Offers Overview of the International Market

March 7, 2012
Compared with the previous occasion on which this trade fair was held, the overall display area set aside for Railway Infrastructure has increased from 25,000 to 30,000 square metres overall.

All available space has been reserved at InnoTrans 2012 (Sept. 18-21) and the individual segments of the fair, including Railway Infrastructure, are expanding. As a result, exhibitors in the Railway Infrastructure segment are also represented in Hall 5.2 this year, and for the first time are occupying six halls at the fair. The background: compared with the previous occasion on which this trade fair was held, the overall display area set aside for Railway Infrastructure has increased from 25,000 to 30,000 square metres overall. This enables InnoTrans 2012 to provide exhibitors and trade visitors with an even more comprehensive and international overview of the market. Some 53 percent of those participating in Railway Infrastructure are coming from abroad.

The requirements of a modern, properly maintained rail network are constantly imposing new demands. The international rail industry is using the Railway Infrastructure segment to present innovative solutions for an efficient railway system. The display ranges from track systems to services and the execution and monitoring of construction work. It also includes equipment for overhead lines and for signalling and control systems. Some idea of the quality to be found in the Railway Infrastructure show can be gained from the fact that the majority of the exhibitors are making a repeat appearance at InnoTrans, among them Vossloh AG and the Swiss industry association Swissrail.

James N. Sanders, general manager of Vossloh AG: "The number of applications received for InnoTrans 2012 reinforces our expectation that we will be able to engage in a more wide-ranging dialogue with our customers from all over the world. In addition to track fastening systems and points for all kinds of applications, Vossloh is also displaying all kinds of services for rails and track, in particular its second generation of innovative, high-speed grinding technology. We are delighted that the world's rail industry is meeting again this year in Berlin."

Daniel Steiner, president of the Swissrail Industry Association: "For Swissrail, as an industry association, InnoTrans provides an opportunity for the entire industry in Switzerland to demonstrate its capabilities in a very impressive way. Switzerland is closely identified with public transport and railways, and can claim an exceptionally strong and innovative rail industry, with vehicles and components as well as infrastructure. I am awaiting InnoTrans 2012 with great anticipation and I am certain that it will again serve as the largest shop window for the rail industry in 2012."

Along with the regular participants in the fair there are also many new exhibitors in the Railway Infrastructure segment this year. Welding Alloys Group is one of them. It will be displaying its complete range at InnoTrans, consisting of welding additives and an innovative, fully automated system for welding rails (Gauge Corner Welding Machine - GCR 3 Touch).

Siegbert Hafenscherer, Key Industry manager of Welding Alloys Group: "As a group active in the maintenance of points and rails our objective is to become an indispensable partner and global contact for providing comprehensive solutions. We want to use this trade fair in order to establish new contacts, to strengthen our profile in this sector of industry and, of course, also to facilitate the global expansion of our various activities."

For the first time at InnoTrans there will also be a combined American stand in the Railway Infrastructure segment. Among the exhibitors there will be Nordco Rail Services, Loram Maintenance of Way and Georgetown Rail Equipment Company, KLD Labs and Knox Kershaw. The national stand is being organised by the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA). The current list of exhibitors that can be found on the InnoTrans website provides an overview of all the firms and organisations participating in InnoTrans.

InnoTrans REPORT App

Railway Infrastructure forms the main topic in the current issue of the industry magazine InnoTrans REPORT. Using the InnoTrans REPORT-App interested industry insiders can now read this B2B magazine on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablet PCs. This app has many easy-to-use features, enabling all readers to obtain the latest information about the industry and the trade fair in a highly individual way. The InnoTrans REPORT-App is easy to download from the internet and free of charge. It can be obtained either by going to the InnoTrans REPORT on the press pages of the InnoTrans website or, alternatively, from the Android Market and the App Store.