InnoTrans 2018 in Berlin

Embassy Reception, Innovations, Awards, Customer Bonding –simply #beconnected

On an exhibition area of 200,000 square metres in 41 halls and over 3,500 metres of track, the InnoTrans in Berlin is the world's leading trade fair for transport technology. From 18 to 21 September, 3,000 exhibitors welcomed their customers and presented their innovations.

The eventful week started for HANNING & KAHL on Monday with a reception at the Australian Embassy in Berlin. This year saw the biggest Australian delegation to the fair in Berlin and the Australian ambassador took the opportunity to invite his country’s delegates and business partners. As HANNING & KAHL has many reference projects in Australia, we were among the guests.

From the Embassy we went to the evening reception of the Association of the German Railway Industry (VDB). The representatives of the member companies traditionally gather here in order to focus their minds on the InnoTrans. A special event awaited HANNING & KAHL; for the first time, the VDB awarded a prize for young talent. Among the prize-winners was our own Nadine Rössig, whose Bachelor thesis on the “Use of additive manufacturing processes for the manufacture of metallic spare parts.” had been nominated The award was presented by VDB President Volker Schenk. This is a wonderful achievement for Nadine and affirmation of the fostering of young talent at HANNING & KAHL.

The fairground gates opened on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. and countless interested parties visited our stand in Hall 6.2. We welcomed our customers from all over the world under the slogan #beconnected. We showcased our new products on 195 square metres of exhibition space. Our world premiere GripMaster®, an innovative sanding system, attracted a lot of attention. The GripMaster® rounds off our hydraulic brake system product range.

With ConnAct®, HANNING & KAHL and Verkehrsautomatisierung Berlin (VAB) presented a system for remote monitoring and diagnosis of important infrastructure components. This system enables changes and potential malfunctions on devices to be detected in good time, allowing corresponding measures to be taken and maintenance costs minimised.

Yet another highlight was the presentation of the point machine H715. Developed in accordance with the specifications of the Swiss SBB, the Austrian ÖBB and the German DB AG, this system constitutes our entry into the high-speed sector.

In addition to the many technical discussions we had, we also socialised with our visitors, many of whom have been loyal partners and customers for decades. On Tuesday evening, we celebrated with our guests at the traditional HANNING & KAHL stand party with live music and culinary delights.The atmosphere was fantastic. We will see you all again in Berlin in 2020. That’s a promise!