The world’s largest rail show is coming to Berlin for the first time since 2018, and visitors can expect a bumper crop of innovation as more than 250 technologies and new rolling stock designs make their world premiere.
“InnoTrans is back”, says Mr. Martin Ecknig, CEO of organizer InnoTrans Messe Berlin, “and I am absolutely delighted to welcome you all in person to Berlin.”
“Nothing comes close to meeting in person, seeing old friends and making new contacts,” says Ecknig. “No video presentation, no matter how good, can replace seeing, hearing, smelling and even testing products at the event.”
A total of 2,834 exhibitors from 56 countries are taking part in InnoTrans 2022 and occupying the entire Messe Berlin exhibition site. There are 42 exhibition halls and InnoTrans covers a total area of 200,000 m2including 3.5 km of track in the outdoor exhibition area where 124 rail vehicles will be exhibited.
InnoTrans 2022 will open on September 20 under the theme “the future of mobility in times of climate change”, which, after the opening ceremony, will be discussed by a round table including the CEO of German Rail (DB ), Dr. Richard Lutz; the CEO of Czech Railways (ČD), Mr. Michal Krapinec; Chairman of Alstom Transport, Mr. Henri Poupart-Lafarge; Siemens Mobility CEO Michael Peter; and the CEO of Stadler Rail, Mr. Peter Spuhler.
On September 20, the European Rail Industry Association (Unife) will unveil the findings of the 2022 Global Rail Market Study, carried out in partnership with management consultancy Roland Berger.
Among the key findings, Unife Director General Mr. Philippe Citroën highlights the 3% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) forecast for the global rail equipment market over the next six years, with a total market value reaching 112 billion euros.
Citing the results of the study, Citroën predicts that global initiatives to combat climate change, such as the European Union’s (EU) target to be carbon neutral by 2050, “will have a beneficial effect on the rail request”.
Also on September 21, rolling stock manufacturer Pesa will sign an agreement with PKN Orlen, with which it has collaborated in the development of a mobile refueling system for its SM42-6Dn hydrogen shunting locomotive which, according to Pesa, is the first of the kind to be produced in Europe.
The SM42-Dn and its mobile refueling unit are on display in the external exhibition area, where fellow rolling stock manufacturer Stadler has a strong presence and will be showcasing a number of new trains at InnoTrans.
These include the Flirt H2 multiple unit for the San Bernadino County Transportation Authority in California, which Stadler says is the first hydrogen train to be manufactured for the US passenger market. Stadler will also unveil new EMUs for Merseyrail in Britain and the battery-powered Flirt for the NAH.SH network in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Another world first in sustainable and climate-friendly traction will take place on September 21, when Hitachi Rail and its customer, Italian public passenger transport operator Trenitalia, will unveil Blues, a tri-mode multiple unit for regional services that can run on electricity, diesel or battery.
IRJ’s editorial team is in Berlin all week. Stay up to date with key events throughout InnoTrans by reading our blog live from the show and following us on social media @railjournal.