By early June, 130 organisations from 12 countries had already signed contracts or reserved stands to exhibit at EXPO Ferroviaria 2008. Included in the list of firms planning to take part are many of the rail industry's leading international names – among them Alstom, Ansaldo STS, Balfour Beatty Rail and Bombardier Transportation. Also intending to participate are Faiveley Transport, Siemens and Vossloh. Italy's only regular exhibition covering all aspects of railway technology, EXPO Ferroviaria will take place from 20 to 22 May 2008 at Turin's Lingotto Fiere exhibition centre.
The Italian rail supply industry will be especially prominent at the show. Foreign companies are also planning a significant presence, indicative of the substantial business opportunities that exist in Italy. Among them will be national groups from the Czech Republic, France and the UK. Exhibitors will also again include the host city's public transport authority, Gruppo Torinese Trasporti.
EXPO Ferroviaria will share the Lingotto Fiere venue with INTERtunnel 2008, also organised by Mack Brooks Exhibitions. Well received by industry visitors in 2006, the co-location of the two events reflects the key role that tunnels play in the development of Italy's rail and urban transport infrastructure. Also currently at the planning stage is a series of supporting events and activities to take place during EXPO Ferroviaria 2008.
EXPO Ferroviaria 2008 is organised by Mack Brooks Exhibitions. A world leader in the management of trade events for the rail industry, the company stages successful regular shows including Sifer and INFRA-Sifer in Lille, France, Railtex, the UK's largest rail technology exhibition, and Infrarail, also in the UK. A new event to serve the rail market in Russia, Exporail, was launched in Moscow in 2006 and is to be repeated in November 2007, while later this year the company is introducing a new exhibition in New Delhi, India, Exporail India 2007.
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