InnoTrans makes an impressive return
The entire world of transport technology and mobility met at the world's leading trade fair InnoTrans in Berlin from 20 September - 23 September 2022. After four years, the trade fair was held again for the 13th time at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and registered a similarly high demand as its predecessors. Numerous visitors, a high level of internationality and many business deals characterise InnoTrans, as do the broad market coverage and high innovation density. With 250 world premieres, the exhibitors presented more innovations than ever before. Trade visitors could expect to see 128 vehicles and exhibits on the track and outdoor areas.
Around 140,000 visitors from over 131 countries came to the world's leading trade fair. 2,834 exhibitors from 56 countries were present. At the Berlin Exhibition Grounds they displayed the entire product and service diversity of the mobility industry.
"InnoTrans has once again impressively demonstrated that it is the industry summit that shows today what will be on the rail and road tomorrow. Here exhibitors present technologies for sustainable mobility first. InnoTrans is also a platform for international exchange for a trans-European transport network," emphasises Martin Ecknig, CEO of Messe Berlin.
"After the pandemic-induced break, InnoTrans 2022 has made a phenomenal return. At last the industry family has come together again. After a long wait we were able to exchange ideas in person and look each other in the eye," says Kerstin Schulz, Director of InnoTrans.
At this year's InnoTrans the proportion of first-time visitors is particularly high at 56 percent. A total of 57.3 percent of visitors come from abroad. The high rate confirms InnoTrans' status as the world's leading trade fair. Trade visitors are primarily interested in rail transport technology, rail transport infrastructure and the 3.5-kilometre track and outdoor exhibition area. This is followed by the new Mobility+ exhibition area, a platform for services and products relating to mobility complementary to public transport.
Exhibitors' comments on InnoTrans 2022:
Henri Poupart-Lafarge, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Alstom.
“Once again, InnoTrans 2022, reached its goal to be a unique forum to share our common passions for innovation in transportation. The Alstom team wishes to thank the thousands of visitors from around the globe who came to experience our sustainable and digital mobility solutions. It has been a huge emotion to see the industry gathered again after four years. It was the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to sustainability and our call to modal shift. Among the many business opportunities captured in Berlin, I wish to highlight the MOUs signed with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, since they support our goal to contribute to the greenest rail network.”
Dr. Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn
"We can only shape the future of the railway together with strong partners. That is why the exchange within the industry at InnoTrans is so important. For us as DB, InnoTrans 2022 was a complete success."
Dr. Florian Eck, Managing Director German Transport Forum
"We saw a lot of impressive solutions here at InnoTrans with which we can launch into a sustainable and customer-oriented future. These solutions are market-ready and scalable. After a four-year break, you could also tell at this InnoTrans that there is a spirit of optimism in the industry. Everyone is unanimous in the opinion that we are on the right path to a sustainable future - manufacturers, politicians, operators and customers. We have to take this momentum with us and now go into implementation. And above all, the financing for infrastructure and digitalisation must be secured. It's really now: let's move!"
Pedro Fortea, General Director, Mafex
"As always, the fair is a great success for our members from the Spanish railway industry. Despite a four-year break, InnoTrans is a lively, visionary event. Especially the high quality of the visitors makes the fair an optimal business environment."
Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility
"InnoTrans is the most important meeting in the industry and we were delighted to finally meet our customers and partners in person again after four years. Under the motto 'Destination Digital' we presented to them our new digital business platform Siemens Xcelerator, with which we want to enable open digital interfaces for continuous data exchange between all subsystems of the rail network. This will help our customers to provide sustainable, comfortable and cost-efficient rail transport of the future."
Mateusz Figaszewski, PR E-mobility Business Development & PR Director, Solaris Bus & Coach
"For us, the show is very interesting as we can meet many different customers from all over Europe as well as suppliers and business partners. InnoTrans is a great platform to exchange news from the industry. We often have our very first contact with new customers here. We can present brand new technologies to them like our new hydrogen bus. In four days we talk to a lot of people who would otherwise not be accessible to us."
Peter Spuhler, CEO Stadler Rail AG
"The feedback from the visitors clearly confirmed to us how inspiring the personal exchange with our customers and partners is for the future of mobility. Stadler presented itself as an innovative provider of sustainable solutions for rail at InnoTrans with seven ultra-modern and sustainable vehicles and a broad portfolio in the signalling and service sector. The response from customers to our world premieres was overwhelming. At Stadler's large station, as the market leader for alternative drive technologies, we presented, among other things, the first hydrogen-powered multiple unit FLIRT H2 for the USA. During the trade fair, we were able to sign a letter of intent with the California State Transportation Agency and the California Department of Transportation for the delivery of four hydrogen trains. We also had enormous interest in our other exhibits such as the battery electric FLIRT Akku, the latest tram generation TINA or the latest EURO9000 locomotive family."
Geert Van Hecke, Head of Sales Public Transport, Van Hool
"This is the first time we have had our own stand at InnoTrans and we will certainly be back. The special thing for us is that we can not only present our vehicle here on the site, but also offer a demo ride."
Axel Schuppe, General Manager of the German Railway Industry Association (VDB):
"InnoTrans 2022 was a brilliant trade fair. Although Chinese exhibitors were less present than four years ago and Russian exhibitors not at all, there were just as many participants as in 2018 - and even more high-quality business contacts were made, right up to the final day. This exudes optimism for the next two years. At the same time, a dark cloud has loomed over the industry. The energy crisis, raw material prices and exorbitant energy costs are giving our companies a hard time. Here, politics must act quickly and free of dogma. If they do nothing, companies will have to give up or migrate."
Martin Schmitz, Managing Director Technology, Association of German Transport Companies (VDV)
"InnoTrans 2022 was characterised by a great deal of confidence and joy in innovation - despite the current difficult political and economic situation. In the railway industry, we always think strategically and take the long view ahead. That's why a programme like the European Union's "Fit for 55" gives us tailwind: we know we can make a strong contribution to it. The innovations and topics that were in the foreground at InnoTrans 2022 show that we really are shaping the future together here. It was all the more important to meet again after four years and to be able to see the products on site."
Dr. Stefan Gutschling, Managing Director, Electrical Railway and Vehicle Association, ZVEI e.V. (German Electrical and Digital Manufacturers' Association)
"Our member companies are the solution providers when it comes to the three major challenges in shaping modern mobility - digitalisation, decarbonisation and demography. Particularly with regard to decarbonisation, rail is the biggest lever for achieving the European CO2 targets. InnoTrans 2022 has shown: The solutions are basically there. It was impressive to see the wide range of innovations and know-how. Now it's about the roll-out. We have to manage to bring these developments to the railways, and we have to do it Europe-wide, not nationally. That is quite ambitious, but at the fair it was noticeable that the participants are downright euphoric to exchange ideas and to go into implementation together."
InnoTrans is the world’s leading trade fair for transport technology and takes place every two years in Berlin. The five segments at InnoTrans are Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure, Public Transport, Interiors and Tunnel Construction. InnoTrans is organised by Messe Berlin. The thirteenth edition of InnoTrans took place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds from 20 to 23 September 2022. More details are available online at www.innotrans.com.