The world's display of rail transport technology opens its doors on 19 September in Berlin. 1, 606 exhibitors from 41 countries will occupy display areas covering over 100, 000 square metres, proving that InnoTrans has further consolidated its standing as a international industry event. One of the trademarks of this show of high-tech systems is that it attracts a wide international audience. Around half of all the exhibitors are from abroad. Over 50, 000 visitors from around the world are expected to be here on the trade visitor days between 19 and 22 September.
172 exhibitors in a display area covering 10, 000 square metres attended the first InnoTrans in 1996. Both the exhibitor numbers and the display area have now increased tenfold.
The Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure and Public Transport sections, including Information Technology and Services, have all expanded significantly and are occupying additional halls. Railway Infrastructure and Public Transport have already become the size of specialised trade fairs, each fully representing a respective part of the industry. Two new display sections will be celebrating their debut at InnoTrans 2006: Tunnel Construction and Interiors. From the very start the market leaders will be represented in each of these sections.
Most of the increase in display area size is due to exhibitors from abroad. Those from outside Europe attending InnoTrans include companies from Australia, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Israel, Canada and the USA. Exhibitors from Bahrain, Brazil, Greece, India, Iran, South Africa and Ukraine will be represented at InnoTrans for the first time.
Once again a feature unique to this trade fair, a track and display area with optimum transport links, makes InnoTrans even more popular. The fully occupied outdoor display area next to the halls measures 20, 000 square metres, double the size of 2004. The 2, 000 metres of track for presenting rail exhibits are completely booked up.
Top-ranking figures and an international event - aspects yet again of InnoTrans 2006 and its specialist programme of supporting events. The event dominating this compact programme is the InnoTrans Convention, which consists of three main sections: the Dialogue Forum, the European and Asian Rail Summit, and the International Tunnel Forum.
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