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US associations present the ‘American Way’ at InnoTrans 2016

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor

Four of the most important industrial associations in the USA—the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA), the Railway Supply Institute (RSI), the Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. (RSSI) and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)—are coming to InnoTrans in Berlin Sept. 20-23, 2016, in order to “present a concentrated display of their country’s economic strengths in the rail transport sector.”

The venue will be the USA pavilion, where REMSA will be organizing a combined stand in hall 22 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

Companies and organizations from the USA are showing an increasing appreciation of InnoTrans as a venue for international trade. Since the USA made its debut in 1998, exhibitor numbers have increased ten-fold and their display area is now thirty times greater.

For its exhibitors, the display of products ranks high on the ‘InnoTrans agenda,’ along with the opportunities that it provides for cultivating contacts with the leading decision-makers in Europe, Asia and South America. Within the industry, this trade show has a vital role for management and technical representatives, who can discuss and conduct business here.

The US exhibitors at the upcoming InnoTrans will again include numerous global market leaders, among them the suppliers Progress Rail Services Corporation and Wabtec Corporation, as well as Amsted Rail, a manufacturer of complete components for railroad cars. GE Transportation will also be represented. As one of the largest suppliers to railway companies and to the transport and mining industries, the company develops freight and passenger locomotives, mining vehicles, electrical power units for drilling heads, and marine diesels.

A press conference will be held in 2016 for the first time, at which journalists can obtain details about current trends and developments in the US rail industry. On Sept. 22, 2016, representatives of the associations will be meeting domestic and international media representatives for a Q&A session, which will be held at the InnoTrans press center.

“The exclusive USA Pavilion allows U.S.-based railway supply companies and organizations a unique opportunity to highlight their goods and services at InnoTrans, a major international event that attracted more than 130,000 attendees from over 100 countries in 2014,” said REMSA Executive Director David Tennant.

“The international market holds great promise for North American railroad suppliers, and the USA Pavilion will showcase companies who are interested in marketing their products globally,” said RSI President Thomas D. Simpson.

“The products and services provided by the signal and communications suppliers are the most rapidly changing in the industry. Technological advancements in software, hardware and data management that can be used by the rail and transit companies to increase safety and efficiency are continuously being developed. InnoTrans 2016 provides an excellent forum to obtain the latest information on these developments,” said RSSI Executive Director and Secretary Treasurer Michael A. Drudy.

“InnoTrans will provide our individuals members with networking opportunities and will also provide an opportunity to see exhibits from a wide variety of companies. The five segments of the exhibition, Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure, Public Transport, Interiors and Tunnel Construction will be of interest to many of our members,“ said AREMA Executive Director and CEO Beth Caruso.

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