The signs are that intermodal (combined) transport is set to grow. The upturn of the competition in cross-border rail freight traffic following implementation of the first EU railway package, the boom in transport in the hinterlands of sea ports and the rising fuel prices make intermodal transport increasingly attractive. Against this backdrop we now require the right general conditions for a needs-oriented expansion of intermodal transport capacities. This includes investments in infrastructure, transport equipment and rolling stock, along with regulatory measures for improving efficiency and increasing the available capacities in road transport (before and after the goods are transported by rail).
The IAA symposium "Instruments for finance and raising the efficiency of combined transport" will examine in detail such questions as what investments is the Federal Government making in the infrastructure of intermodal transport in the coming years, what options do the makers of trailers, swap bodies and rolling stock have for financing their products, and what role can the EuroCombi play in increasing the efficiency of combined transport? The event will take place at the 62nd IAA Commercial Vehicles on Thursday, 2 October 2008, from 11.15 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., in Room 3A of the Convention Center on the Hanover Exhibition Grounds. It is being run by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA, the organizer of the IAA) and the Research association for combined transport (SGKV).
Dipl.-Ing. Boris Kluge, Managing director of the SGKV, will welcome the participants. Wolfgang Hahn, Division Director for fundamental transport issues in the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, will speak on promoting intermodal transport as part of the Master Plan. Stefan Oberdörfer, Head of Marketing and Sales Services at Kögel Fahrzeugwerke GmbH, will then talk about modes of financing in the trailer sector; Heiner Mangels, Managing Director of Axis Intermodal Deutschland GmbH, will give a talk on hiring swap bodies in all-round service - the alternative to the "classical purchase." Instruments for financing rolling stock will also be on the agenda, along with experience from the field trial in Lower Saxony of the EuroCombi as part of intermodal transport, which will be the subject for Arnulf Bleck, fleet manager at Meyer & Meyer Internationale Spediteure GmbH & Co. KG. The event will be moderated by Boris Kluge from the SGKV.
The world's most important trade fair for mobility - the 62nd IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover - is setting new records for the number of exhibitors, the number of countries represented and the amount of exhibition space occupied. The number of exhibitors is around 2,000, which is 25 per cent more than in the record year 2006, while the 275,000 sq m of exhibition space is 10 per cent more than two years ago. This impressively reinforces the IAA's worldwide leading position among trade fairs showcasing mobility. This year again, the commercial vehicle fair is the ideal platform for exhibitors and professional visitors to initiate business and conclude contracts.