The eighth edition of IT-TRANS 2022 was a success. About 6,500 visitors (2018: 6,000) from 71 countries visited the IT and mobility fair in Karlsruhe, 70% of which for the first time. From Europe and Australia to Asia and Africa, guests from all continents traveled to learn about innovative solutions for smart mobility and industry trends. Be it China, the USA or various European countries: 276 international exhibitors from 33 countries, more than in 2018, presented their latest solutions and exchanged ideas with colleagues and guests from all over the world. The accompanying three-day conference was also convincing with 180 speakers: About 800 conference participants, approx. 30% more than in 2018, used the industry meeting to attend lectures and make contacts. The digital offer was also actively used, 130 guests took part in the online conference. “Mobility is a topic of concern to society as a whole,” says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe, as co-organizer with UITP, the International Association of Public Transport.
We face the challenge of meeting changing mobility needs while meeting climate protection goals. Public transport plays a key role here, as this balance can only be successful with sustainable, digitally connected road networks and transport solutions as well as intermodal approaches. To this end, IT-TRANS and the technology region of Karlsruhe are the ideal platform.
also Dr. Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digitization and Transport, emphasizes that Karlsruhe has a special position in the field of sustainable mobility: “You make Karlsruhe a hotspot for sustainable mobility”, summed up in a video message at the opening for organizers, partners and IT TRANS fans.
Karlsruhe is a hotspot for sustainable mobility
Karlsruhe, with a unique network of research, industrial, political and transport companies, is a recognized center of competence in Germany and Europe when it comes to sustainable mobility. The fan city’s status as one of the most important IT clusters in Europe – with 25 research institutions dealing with IT and digitization – makes Karlsruhe a research market leader with attractiveness far beyond national borders. IT-TRANS occupies a key position in this ecosystem.
The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab from the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, which was presented for the first time at IT-TRANS 2022, is a unique, exemplary combination of 34 projects in the fields of science, industry, public sector and innovative transport companies. The Karlsruhe Mobility Laboratory is engaged in the development and implementation of intelligent concepts for future urban and regional mobility and is already attracting attention and popularity worldwide.
Researchers in the region are making a significant contribution to changing mobility around the world. The Karlsruhe mobility and technology region can rightly be called a pioneer when it comes to sustainable mobility development. (Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH)
IT-TRANS moves the international mobility industry
We are one of the companies that have participated in IT-TRANS from the very beginning and have not missed a single release since then. We thought it was a pity that the 2020 face-to-face meeting had to be canceled due to the pandemic, and we are all the more pleased to be there again and to meet existing and new customers face to face. Because IT-TRANS is a very important trade fair for us in order to establish contacts with customers and attract new customers. (Anna Bergstedt, Marketing Manager at Axentia Technologies from Sweden)
This is also reflected in the opinion of the visitors: 95% of them assessed the exhibitors’ presentations as very good. For the next edition of the IT-TRANS fair from 14 to 16 May 2024, exhibitors have already reserved 50% of the stand area.