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Expo Ferroviaria-2008 and INTERtunnel-2008

Additional exhibition space is being provided to meet demand for stands at Italy's only regular dedicated trade shows for the rail technology and tunnelling industries, which take place together in Turin from 20 to 22 May. By the end of February, around 350 organisations had confirmed their participation in the two co - located events – EXPO Ferroviaria - 2008 and INTERtunnel - 2008, leading show organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions to increase the amount of available floor space on offer to exhibitors. By February, companies taking part in EXPO Ferroviaria already totalled 275 from 20 countries.

They include leading global rail systems suppliers such as Alstom, Bombardier, GE Transportation and Siemens. Also exhibiting will be major systems and equipment manufacturers, among them Balfour Beatty Rail, Consorzio Saturno, Faiveley Transport, Matisa, Plasser & Theurer and Poli.

The exhibitor list additionally features specialist service providers such as rolling stock leasing firms Angel Trains and Dispolok and design bureau Italdesign Giugiaro, as well as representatives of every other sector of the rail supply industry.

Prominent names also feature in the INTERtunnel exhibitor list. 70 companies from 12 countries have so far confirmed their participation. Among them are Atlas Copco, Cegelec, Fogtec Fire Protection, Grechi Illuminazione, JSC Bamtonnelstroy and Lovat. Exhibitors will be covering all aspects of tunnel building and operation, from initial planning and construction to maintenance, safety and communications.

The last highly successful joint event in 2006 attracted some 6, 000 rail industry, transport and construction industry professionals, winning wide approval from both exhibitors and visitors.

Welcoming the high level of interest in both events, Show Director Olivia Griscelli said: "This very positive response to EXPO Ferroviaria and INTERtunnel confirms the underlying strength of both markets in Italy. We are confident that these will be our most successful Turin shows yet."

As well as learning about the latest developments in rail and tunnelling technology, visitors to this year's exhibitions are being offered the opportunity to take part in a stimulating programme of associated events.

During EXPO Ferroviaria 2008 a programme of congress sessions is planned by the Italian College of Railway Engineers (CIFI) on: "High speed trains, requirements and responses for Italy" (20 and 21 May); "The design of railway vehicles" (21 May); and "Infrastructure technologies in the Italian AV/AC system" (22 May). Alongside INTERtunnel a one-day congress is being organised by the Italian Tunnelling Society (Società Italiana Gallerie - SIG) on "Tunnels: a strategic resource for an environmentally friendly development".



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