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InnoTrans - Event

Dialog Forum

Topic: Digitalisation in rail freight transport - challenges and chances for businesses

InnoTrans Convention

September 19, 2018

2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Palais am Funkturm

Organiser: Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) and German Transport Forum (DVF)

Rail freight transport is a mainstay of the European transport market. Energy-efficient, high-volume and a safe means of transport, rail represents an ideal instrument for attaining climate targets. To achieve this, rail freight must achieve a much greater share of the market. As part of the Rail Freight Transport Master Plan, comprehensive modernisation is an important mechanism for increasing rail freight.

In that context, digitalisation provides an opportunity to significantly raise productivity and quality. It concerns economic efficiency, every business process in sales and performance and the optimisation of multimodal logistics and transport chains.

Where do we currently stand with digitalisation? What tasks lie ahead for this sector from a scientific standpoint? What are companies undertaking? What are rail freight industry customers’ needs? Are the overall conditions right?


Professor Dr.-Ing. Rainer König Holder of the chair in Rail and Public Urban Transport, Institute of Railway Systems and Public Transport at the Technical University Dresden

Malte Lawrenz
Chairman, VPI – Association of Freight Wagon Keepers in Germany e.V.

Dr. Silvius Grobosch CEO, Member of the Managing Executive Committee, BME e.V. Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics

Mirko Pahl, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), TX Logistik AG

Host: Joachim Berends
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bentheimer Eisenbahn AG, Vice-President, Association of German Transport Companies (VDV)

4.00 p.m. Get Together

Free for trade visitors.

Contact Person:

Lars Wagner, Association of German Transport Companies (VDV)