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New mobility fair MES Expo celebrates successful premiere

April 2020

Photo: Messe Berlin GmbH
MES Expo 2019 – Ribbon Cutting: Dr. Christian Göke, CEO, Messe Berlin GmbH; Olaf Zinne, Managing Director, Electric Traction Systems and Vehicles Division at ZVEI e.V.; Dr. Ben Möbius, General Manager, Verband der Bahnindustrie in Deutschland (VDB); Liu Zhenqing, Deputy General Manager, General Electro-Mechanical Business Department, CRRC; Dr. Heike van Hoorn, CEO, Deutsches Verkehrsforum e.V.; Andreas Wagner, CEO Germany, Mitsubishi (l.t.r)

The progress of digitisation and electrification opens up numerous new and dynamic design options for future mobility systems. 54 exhibitors from 11 nations showed how these can be used effectively at the premiere of the MES Expo from 5 to 7 November 2019 in Berlin.

The trade fair concept covers all transport systems and is aimed at the electronics supply industry. For the first time it offered a platform for interdisciplinary exchange to exhibitors and trade visitors from the railway, commercial vehicle and automotive sectors.

The exhibitor portfolio of the first event offered trade visitors a wide range of products and services that covered all sectors of the industry. In addition to world market leaders such as Knorr-Bremse or CRRC, numerous medium-sized companies such as KUKA or INOVA Semiconductors presented how their products are actively contributing to the transformation of mobility. The fair was also enriched by creative impulses from up-and-coming start-ups. For Andreas Wagner, President of the German branch of Mitsubishi Electric Europe, MES Expo offered added value, especially with regard to intermodal transport solutions: “When we think about mobility, we believe that it should be seamless and intermodal in the future, and in particular that it must offer added value for users. The MES Expo reflects this trend very well and clearly illustrates the change in mobility”. The MES Expo project manager, Lisa Höfer, was very satisfied with the premiere: “The attendance figure of 1,315 representatives of the sector more than exceeded our expectations for the debut event. Our concept of creating a strong B2B-platform with the MES Expo has been successful. 80 percent of our visitors have an advisory influence on purchasing and procurement decisions in their company. This speaks for the high quality of the trade fair.“

Great interest in thesupporting programme

A further highlight of the trade fair was the supporting programme. This was particularly supported by the three partner associations VDB, ZVEI and DVF. At the Dialog Forum and the Procurement Center, companies such as Siemens Mobility, Bombardier Transportation or Deutsche Bahn reported about their current opportunities and challenges in the mobility sector. ”We have succeeded in demonstrating that the innovative strength of these industries can make a huge contribution to a more efficient mobility that is less polluting and more efficient across all modes of transport,” says Olaf Zinne, who heads the Smart Mobility platform at ZVEI. “If you look at the German electrical industry alone, it represents a highly innovative sector with up to 17,000 patent applications per year – some of these patents are the basis for digitalized and smart applications, for example in the automotive sector. And the influence of this industry is increasing from year to year – today vehicles consist of a large number of microchips or semiconductors – all of them are products of the electrical industry,” continued Zinne.

The next edition of the MES Expo will take place in Berlin from 9 to 11 November 2021.