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INNOTRANS INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR FOR TRANSPROT TECHNOLOGY
Innovative tunnel construction technology at InnoTrans 2016
Tunnel Construction and Rail Infrastructure are two sectors that are interlinked. As the leading international trade fair for rail transport technology InnoTrans is a firm fixture on the events calendar of tunnel construction specialists, both at home and abroad. From 20 to 23 September numerous exhibitors in the Tunnel Construction hall will be showcasing innovative solutions for communications, fire protection and security systems as well as construction products, tunnelling and cleaning machines.
Among the newcomers in 2016 is Brügger HTB GmbH from Switzerland, which has many years of experience in cleaning tunnels. Only recently, the company was awarded an exclusive special contract for the Gotthard base tunnel. ”Tunnel cleaning is a rail industry sector which in our opinion offers great prospects for us. InnoTrans provides an ideal opportunity to exploit the possibilities. Within the industry the world’s leading international trade fair has a reputation as an outstanding platform for setting up business partnerships and introducing new products onto the market“, said Beat Brügger, the co-owner of Brügger HTB GmbH. At InnoTrans 2016 this company is due to exhibit a specially developed rail track cleaning system.
Besides Brügger, a number of other companies including Herrenknecht, Talleres Zitrón, Pöyry and Niedax have secured places as Tunnel Construction exhibitors next year. These companies will also be displaying new tunnelling equipment in the Railway Infrastructure hall. As such, the two industry sectors that are instrumental in realising underground transport systems will be sensibly combined on the exhibition grounds at InnoTrans.
InnoTrans is the world’s leading trade fair for transport technology and takes place every two years in Berlin. At the last event 2,761 exhibitors from 55 countries presented their rail industry innovations to 133,595 trade visitors who came from 146 countries. The five segments at InnoTrans include Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure, Public Transport, Interiors and Tunnel Construction. InnoTrans is organised by Messe Berlin GmbH. The eleventh InnoTrans will take place from 20 to 23 September 2016.
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Arrive at your destination country early.
Get the lay of the land by arriving a day or two before your meeting and hire a local guide to show you around. Contact the concierge at your hotel for recommendations on who to hire. Request the guide speak English so you can communicate and ask for helpful hints and tips that will be useful while you are visiting and doing business. Ask the concierge and your guide for suggestions of restaurants, coffee shops, and unique sites that are both safe and well regarded.
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