The 27th International Exhibition for Track Technology (iaf) has been formally opened!

The Chairman and CEO of DB Netz AG Frank Sennhenn, the Mayor of the city of Münster Gerhard Joksch, Dipl.-Ing. Wolfram Neuhöfer from the German Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the President of VDEI Dr.- Ing. Thomas Mainka welcomed the first guests to the ceremonial opening.
The exhibition is organised under the patronage of the German Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt by the Association of German Railway Engineers (Verband Deutscher Eisenbahn-Ingenieure e.V., VDEI).


Opening and VDEI Incentive Award conferring ceremony

Starting today (30th May) and until 1st June 2017, Münster is again the spectacular meeting point of the global rail industry – the outstanding opportunity for railway system experts to inform themselves on the latest state of the art of construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure.

In his statement at the ceremonial opening of the iaf, the Chairman and CEO of DB Netz AG Frank Sennhenn was impressed. He noted the unique character of the iaf where machines and technologies are shown in “real and full size” that can be “virtually touched”.

Mayor Gerhard Joksch welcomed all exhibition visitors in the name of the city and was very pleased with the great interest in rail as an environment friendly and safe means of transportation. He stressed the importance of an even better connection of the city of Münster as a major regional centre to the long-distance railway network and suggested that further relevant opportunities in regional traffic should be exploited. The President of VDEI Dr..-Ing. Thomas Mainka was happy about the numerous guests who are coming to Münster for the start of the exhibition. Being himself from Münster he was greatly honoured to be able to welcome so many railway enthusiasts to this extraordinary exhibition. And he suggested that, given the bright future of railways in intermodal transportation there are many reasons for exhibition visitors to get extensively acquainted with the combination of rail and bike in Münster – but this should of course be done after the visit to the exhibition.
During the opening ceremony the VDEI Incentive Award 2017 was conferred. This award honours an outstanding work of students or young engineers. This year's winner is Timo Strobel with his work for the “Design of a dual-mode locomotive for Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen AG”.

200 exhibitors from 20 countries

All renowned enterprises that develop, manufacture, trade and supply in the field of track construction and maintenance are present at this years' exhibition.
The latest devices, materials and technologies are shown in the three big exhibition halls with their 15,000 m2 of covered surface. A further and highly attractive highlight is the open area where on 6,000 m2 and on more than 3,000 m of real ballasted track the huge track building machines and track maintenance technologies are showcased. You may also look forward to the novelties of the major international enterprises of the sector such as Plasser & Theurer, Robel, Matisa, Cemafer, Vossloh, Kraiburg Strail, Speno, SRS Rail System, Scheuchzer, Kinshofer, Goldschmidt Thermit, Harsco Rail, Autech and Liebherr. The products and exhibits of the iaf newcomers such as BGM, PrefaRails, AFERPI and Zeppelin Baumaschinen will also be eagerly awaited.

For many years already the Messe und Congress Centrum Halle Münsterland and the close proximity to the Münster Ost railway station of Westfälische Landesbahnen (WLE) ensure the best conditions for a trade fair of this magnitude. For the fifth time already, Münster will then be the meeting point for all track, railway and transport experts – in short: one of the most important networking events of the sector.

iaf Salon

Furthermore, an extensive framework programme for exhibitors and visitors is offered at the iaf 2017. The iaf Salon again invites expert participants to enter into direct discussions with iaf exhibitors. Selected enterprises will present here their companies, their latest technologies and products. The VDEI-Academy for Rail Systems participates again as well and offers interesting seminars.

The iaf promotes young talents

The iaf Job Market is dedicated to the motivation of young talents. It aims at inspiring the upcoming generation for railway technology in order to achieve the important goal of strengthening the workforce of young people in the sector. The iaf will bring students, young railway engineers and apprentices in touch with potential future employers – a win-win situation for both sides. School classes are also highly welcome.
A guided tour for young generations will take place starting from the Career Point (that is held daily at 12 a.m. at the VDEI stand S-110) on 1st June 2017.
Those interested are invited to register by e-mail to


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