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The MES Expo made its debut in Berlin November 5-7, 2019.
The MES Expo made its debut in Berlin November 5-7, 2019.
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MES Expo 2019 Successful premiere of the MES Expo: The mobility revolution is speeding up

| Author: Florian Richert, Erika Granath

The future of mobility is becoming increasingly autonomous, connected, electrified, and shared. MES Expo, organized for the first time November 5-7, has identified these four disruptive trends. The trade show combined rail, commercial vehicles, and automobiles in one exhibition hall, offering a uniquely holistic view of the value-adding mobility electronics supplier industry.

The mobility revolution is speeding up and the electronics suppliers are behind the steering wheel. MES Expo has embraced the pace of change, creating a trade show that takes a 360-view of the electronics supplier industry and its importance for the mobility space.

“Be it driverless vehicles, electrification or connectivity--the mobility sector is facing fundamental change. The basis for these developments is the electronics supplier industry. With MES Expo we have created a trade show that gathers all the players, offers a platform that inspires and lets participants work together on the future of mobility, “ says Dr. Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer, Messe Berlin GmbH.

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A holistic view of the mobility sector

During the first-ever MES Expo, arranged by Messe Berlin GmbH, more than 50 German and international exhibitors from the electronics supplier industry presented their solutions for the future of mobility.

The MES Expo is bringing together an exhibition and conference for the mobility electronics suppliers market.

Lisa Höfer, Head of MES Expo, Messe Berlin GmbH

“To me, this fair fit perfectly into the future of mobility. Here, I’ll find suppliers from the electronics supplier market that are specifically interested in the transportation industry,” says Rainer Straub, Chief Procurement Officer, Supply Chain Management and Logistics at Siemens AG.

A platform for interdisciplinary exchange

Over 1,300 visitors representing vehicle manufacturers, transport companies, transport technology manufacturers, and suppliers, as well as policymakers, scientists, and researchers made MES Expo’s debut at the Berlin trade show ground a success.

“The organizers provide a lot of possibilities for collaboration as they have invited also the customers who usually don’t attend this type of fairs,” says Jochen Apel, Vice President Global Transportation Segment at Nokia Enterprise.

From startups to global market leaders

The mobility industry is under constant flux. The agile startup scene is disrupting the industry. MES Expo has acknowledged this, devoting an entire section in Hall 2.2 to young companies.

Startup companies from all over Europe were presenting their smart ideas for, for example, a carbon-neutral mobility sector to industry experts, potential investors, and joint venture partners.

Linn Sidahl, Head of Business Developer at the Swedish startup Ekkono Solutions appreciated the set-up which she described as ideal to encounter synergies in the industry:

“Everyone is talking about change. Here, I get the chance to learn more about how different companies vision this change to look like in practice. The combination of high development speed startups and large global players constitute a perfect mix for fruitful discussion and exchange of knowledge.”

Specialist supporting program – from Connected Mobility to Rail 4.0

MES Expo was augmented by a specialist supporting program. Three leading industry associations, ZVEI, VDB, and DVF, were each responsible for one day. At the first day, ZVEI hosted a conference on the topic of the electrical industry as an enabler of mobile change. Wednesday’s speakers’ program was put together by VDB and focused on Rail 4.0 and the intermodular future of mobility. The transportation sectors’ effect on the climate was the main topic at the trade show’s last day; organized by DVF, the focus was then on interconnected mobility and climate protection.

Next MES Expo in November 2021

Four disruptive trends are currently changing the rules in the mobility sector: autonomous driving, shared mobility, connectivity, and electrification. Innovations within these areas are set to dramatically transform the way people move around. MES Expo integrated the impact of all these trends into a single picture.

The next MES Expo 2021 will be arranged November 9-11, 2021.

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 Florian Richert

Florian Richert

Product Manager | Editor, ngn - new generation network GmbH