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Shaping the future of mobility at InnoTrans

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From September 24 to 27, 2024, InnoTrans will once again invite experts from around the world to shape the future of mobility together.  

In 2022, 2771 exhibitors from 56 countries presented their products and services to 132,319 trade visitors from 137 countries.  

Numerous national and international exhibitors have already secured their participation in the trade show. With more than 90 per cent of the exhibition space, the current registration level is at a record high, with many exhibitors asking for stand enlargement. 

InnoTrans Director Kerstin Schulz said the event organisers were very pleased with the continuing high demand for exhibition space and hope to be able to offer space to every interested party in 2024.  

“I am impressed every time by how early the industry prepares for InnoTrans, underlining its importance as a unique global mobility platform with unparalleled market coverage,” he said. 

InnoTrans offers a unique market coverage worldwide. The trade show is sub-divided into the five segments: Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure, Public Transport, Interiors, and Tunnel Construction. 

Among the presented products and services, there were more world innovations than ever before in 2022.  

More than 250 exhibitors presented their products at InnoTrans 2022 for the first time worldwide at a trade show.  


The technical requirements placed on vehicles, components and systems in rail operations are constantly increasing.  

In the Railway Technology segment, exhibitors will enrich InnoTrans 2024 with a wide range of mobility solutions that prove, that the industry is up to the challenges of the future. Whether processes, machines, or materials – future-proof rail networks must be resilient and always ready for operation.  

In the Railway Infrastructure segment, experts show how the use of the latest technology enables the mobility infrastructure of tomorrow.  

In the Public Transport segment, exhibitors will present ways to make public transportation more efficient with data-driven solutions.  

A special focus is the Mobility+ area, which emphasises on complementary mobility services like shared mobility, on-demand driving systems, VTOLs, robotics, mobility apps and micro mobility, ride sharing, ride pooling. 

During InnoTrans 2022, the Mobility+ section of the trade fair celebrated its premiere and immediately attracted great interest among trade visitors. This is in line with the trend for increasing networking of public transport.  

“The positive response and the thematic diversity in this new area shows the importance of integrating Mobility+ at InnoTrans in order to connect the relevant players with each other and to further advance the topic of complementary mobility services or First/Last Mile strategies,” Schulz said.  

2024 will see the premiere of another new area in the public transport sector: the AI Mobility LAB will focus on robotics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and data protection. In addition to the exhibition area in Hall 7.1a, there will also be a Speakers’ Corner where exhibitors can give presentations. 


The physical well-being of passengers is also becoming increasingly important. The Travel Catering and Comfort Services unit within the Interiors segment therefore deals exclusively with catering and comfort solutions for rail travel. High-quality products and services are presented here, including on-board kitchen equipment, hygiene articles, headphones, pillows, blankets and much more. Because if you feel good, you will come back. 


Another highlight of every InnoTrans is the Outdoor and Track Display. With 3500 meters of track, it presents the vehicles directly on the track: two-way vehicles, signaling technology, track-bound vehicles for passenger and freight transport or charging infrastructure systems and electromobility.  

The Bus Display is a unique display area reserved for buses, alternative forms of propulsion and charging systems.  

In addition to the areas set aside for exhibits the Bus Display also features a 500 metre demonstration course, where professionals can see the vehicles in operation. 



The centrepiece of the supporting program is the InnoTrans Convention with its various forums and the Rail Leaders’ Summit.  

The Convention begins with the Rail Leaders’ Summit hosted by Deutsche Bahn at the palais.Berlin.  

In addition to high-profile speakers from the rail industry and politics, international industry representatives will discuss current industry topics in panels.  

“The Dialog Forums, which are held by the German Transport Forum (DVF), the Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE), the German Railway Industry Association (VDB) and the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI) are a key part of the Convention,” Schulz said. 

“The focus at the event’s own convention is on exchange and knowledge transfer. In panel discussions, decision-makers, and multipliers from the fields of transport, business and politics meet and negotiate the mobility of tomorrow. 

“The entire supporting program of InnoTrans is offered live in a stream.  

“All videos and streams are available live or on demand on InnoTrans Plus.”  

With InnoTrans Plus, exhibitors and visitors can experience InnoTrans anytime and anywhere.  

In addition to comprehensive exhibitor and product presentations in a modern look and feel, the online platform offers versatile opportunities for interaction and networking beyond the trade show period.  

Whether long-term contact management, organising appointments for the trade show or live stream retrieval – InnoTrans Plus is the ideal tool before, during and after the trade show.  

Registration is free of charge. Personal profiles can be individually designed and linked to the InnoTrans app, which is also free of charge. 


The shortage of skilled workers has the transport industry firmly in its grip.  

InnoTrans offers a platform for promoting young talents with InnoTrans Campus to present pupils, students, and young professionals with exciting career prospects in the mobility industry.  

In addition to RecruitingLAB, Jobwall and Talent Stage, the Eurailpress Career Boost allows five applicants from each of five categories to introduce themselves to potential employers within 90 seconds – the fastest career jump at the show.  

The Eurailpress Career Boost at InnoTrans 2022 WAS very successful for all participants. On September 26, 2023, it will take place digitally for the first time before it will return to the stage during InnoTrans 2024.  

“The Career Boost, the Jobwall with job offers and the Career Award underline, that InnoTrans Campus is all about recruiting and promoting young talents,” Schulz said.  

“The Career Award has been presented since 2016. The competition is organised by domestic and foreign associations and institutions like RTAA (Rail Track Association Australia) or RTSA (Railway Technical Society of Australia), that honor domestic students for special achievements in their studies related to rail and public transport.  

“In 2022, a total of 19 students from Australia, the USA, Canada, Italy, Switzerland and Germany won a trip to Berlin.  

“At InnoTrans they were given a comprehensive overview of the industry and were able to make targeted contacts for their future careers.” 


One of them has been Jonathan Chan, an Associate Rail Engineer from Australia, who won the RTSA Young Rail Professional Award in 2022.  

At the Exhibition grounds in Berlin, he said InnoTrans was exciting and overwhelming at the same time.  

“There is so much to discover in all the exhibition halls, which makes it clear how extensive and diverse the rail industry really is,” he said.  

“Seeing the different elements that come together to build a functioning railroad has broadened my perspective on the scale of the industry.” 

Interested parties can still register for InnoTrans 2024 until September 22, 2023. The registration deadline for exhibitors is also September 22. Trade visitors from all over the world are welcome at any time.