InnoTrans 2016: North American attendee discount, strong Canadian presence

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

InnoTrans, the semi-annual global railway industry trade exhibition and the largest event of its type, is offering discounted tickets to North American attendees. As well, this year’s event will have a strong Canadian presence. InnoTrans take place every 2 years in Berlin and show dates are Sept. 20-23, 2016.

The discounted tickets are 60% off the regular price. North Americans who plan a trip to InnoTrans 2016 can use the following registration link:

For questions on attending or exhibiting at InnoTrans, contact North American Representative Mary Jo Balve, (732) 933-1118, [email protected]

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of the state-owned Canadian transport company VIA Rail Canada Inc., will be the featured speaker at the Opening Ceremony at the Palais am Funkturm. He will use this event “to address a number of issues, including an appeal to the rail sector to demonstrate its shared responsibility toward the subject of climate change,” InnoTrans organizers said. “In his opinion, the most difficult task confronting industrialized countries such as Canada is to overcome mankind’s dependence on automobiles. The CEO has formulated some clear objectives for VIA Rail: ‘Private cars are the main emitters of greenhouse gases. VIA Rail aims to meet this challenge and triple its passenger numbers over the next 30 years.’”

Canadian exhibitors strongly represented

The Canadian exhibitors at InnoTrans 2016, whose numbers have tripled over the past eight years, are also preparing for an expansion of rail transport. As a result, these companies are presenting a wide range of products and services on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, ranging from integrated software solutions (Giro Inc.) to flooring applications for the rail sector (Baultar Concept Inc.) and specialist components (Rail and Traction Canada Inc.).

In Hall 11.2, trade visitors can learn about the capabilities of the economic sector in Québec. Twenty regional firms will be represented on the joint stand, which is being organized by the Québec Ministry of Economic Development in cooperation with the representatives of the Government of Québec and the Québec Ground Transportation Cluster.

“Attendance at InnoTrans 2016 is essential, which is why the Province of Québec and its companies are exhibiting here, in order to present the innovative capabilities and the expertise available in Québec to potential partners in Germany, Europe and the world“, explains Claude Trudelle, Director of the Québec Government Office in Munich.

InnoTrans is the world’s largest trade fair for transport technology and takes place every two years in Berlin. At the 2014 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 organized by Messe Berlin GmbH. More details are available online at

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