This year TÜV SÜD Rail and SIGNON, a TÜV SÜD subsidiary, exhibited their services at InnoTrans in Berlin for the third consecutive time. The experts used the trade fair as a platform to demonstrate their extensive product portfolio, focusing on innovations and new services in particular. This year the emphasis was on the new electric arc measurement method and on IT security of electronic signalling Systems.
TÜV SÜD Rail and SIGNON, a TÜV SÜD subsidiary, exhibited their services at InnoTrans in Berlin for the third consecutive time. The four days of the leading international trade fair for transport technology revolved around the topic of “Future Mobility”. Almost 3,000 companies from 60 countries used the opportunity to present themselves and their products and services. The increasing number of visitors to the fair underlines the global significance of transport technology, and was also clearly in evidence at the booth of TÜV SÜD and SIGNON. This year's InnoTrans was the most successful since the trade fair had launched in 1996, registering an approximately 10% increase in the number of professional trade visitors to a total of 145,000. Given this, InnoTrans is considered one of the major meeting-points for transport technology experts and stakeholders.
At the shared booth, TÜV SÜD Rail and SIGNON again successfully demonstrated their extensive expertise in the rail sector. The Business Unit Rail offers services throughout the value chain, from engineering & consulting (provided by SIGNON) to testing, assessment, certification and training. The experts used the trade fair as a platform to present their extensive product portfolio as well as innovations and new products, which this year particularly focused on the new electric arc measurement method and on IT security of electronic signalling systems, offered by TÜV SÜD Rail as one of the first companies to do so. SIGNON also used the InnoTrans as a platform to hold live demonstrations of its proprietary software tools to visitors.
Paying tribute to the trade fair's internationality, the German TÜV SÜD team was supported on site by representatives from the Netherlands, Denmark, Korea, China and Japan. They were all delighted at the large number of visitors, which fostered an intensive and – even more important – international exchange of ideas and interests. Sixty per cent of the contacts established at the trade fair came from abroad, with China, Japan and Sweden heading the list. In addition, contacts were also established with representatives from Egypt, Iran and Saudi-Arabia. Karsten Xander, Member of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG, also visited InnoTrans 2016, using the opportunity to engage in informative and productive talks with existing and prospective customers, interested parties and colleagues.
Overall, the team succeeded in both strengthening existing customer relations and making numerous valuable new contacts. At the end of every trade-fair day, TÜV SÜD experts and visitors came together at the company’s booth to wind down and enjoy a relaxing end to the day's activities.
However, TÜV SÜD's presence at the trade fair focused not only on networking and customer relations, but also on attracting and promoting young talents. TÜV SÜD Rail and SIGNON again participated in the “Career Point” programme, which is dedicated to the development of young talents. In 2016, the programme's motto was “Creating a successful future together”. Within the scope of this programme, the TÜV SÜD experts engaged in many interesting talks with numerous engineers of the future.
In summary, as in past years, we once again had a thoroughly positive experience at InnoTrans and are already looking forward to the next InnoTrans in 2018.