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Making the Most of Innotrans 2018

Host: Midlands Engine
Venue: The Derby Conference Centre London Road Derby DE24 8UX
Date: Thursday 6th September, 2018
Time: 1pm - 4.30pm
Cost: Free


If you are a rail sector company with an international focus then you need to consider Innotrans 2018 - the largest event in the rail calendar. Taking place from 18 - 21 September in Berlin, this biennial exhibition attracts exhibitors and visitors from over 65 countries.

About the session:

This event will inform companies involved in the rail sector why the Innotrans exhibition should be part of their business planning this year as well as how to both prepare for and maximise your visit. 

Guest speakers and visitors include:

• Neil Walker, Exports Director, Rail Industry Association
• Lucy Prior, Rail Alliance
• Elaine Clark, Midlands Rail Forum
• Andrew Hinton, Specialist on Rail in Asia and Canada.
• Mike Shears, Specialist on Rail in the Middle East.

You will also hear from rail sector specialists from a number of countries talking about why they attend Innotrans, and the opportunities that they see for your company in their particular markets. 

Alongside this DIT representatives will be available to help you explore other international rail opportunities and explain how you may be able to access some funding to support your visit in the future too.


Secure your free place today. For any other enquiries, contact the Department for International Trade East Midlands at or call 0345 052 4001.



13:00 light lunch and registration

13:30 Introduction and Welcome

13:45 Innotrans Overview and other trade shows.
Andrew Scott-Green, International Trade Advisor & Rail Sector Specialist
Department for International Trade 

14:00 Rail Industry Association presentation 
Neil Walker, Export Director, Rail Industry Association

14:20 Asia & Canada Rail Market 
Andrew Hinton, Rail Specialist on Rail in Asia and Canada

14:40 Rail Alliance presentation
Lucy Prior, Membership Development and International Trade Director, Rail Alliance

15:00 Coffee

15:15 Middle East Rail Market 
Mike Shears, Rail Specialist on Rail in the Middle East

15:35 Midlands Rail Forum Presentation 
Elaine Clark, General Manager, Midlands Rail Forum

15:55 Panel Q&A

16:15 Close


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