Companies from almost 50 countries represented – More than 280,000 square meters occupied – Many world premieres – Innovation driven by digitization, connectivity, automated driving and electric mobility
The 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles, the world’s most important trade show for transport, logistics and mobility, will open its doors in Hannover on September 20, 2018. Until September 27, more than 2,100 exhibitors from around 50 countries will present numerous world premieres on an area of 282,000 square meters. Two weeks before the IAA opens, Bernhard Mattes, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), stressed: “The important prerequisites for a successful IAA Commercial Vehicles are in place. Even more exhibitors have registered than came to the very good IAA in 2016. The IAA exhibition space is fully booked and all the signs are that there will once again be a very large number of world premieres. We are going to Hannover in a very optimistic mood.”
Mattes added that the large number of countries represented underscored the international nature of this leading trade show. The IAA is again truly living up to its aim of being an international event. The proportion of foreign exhibitors is nearly 60 percent. The five countries sending the most exhibitors from abroad are China, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey and France.
“Only the IAA covers the entire value chain in the commercial vehicle industry, from the makers of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles and the suppliers all the way to the trailer and bus manufacturers, service providers and many startups,” Mattes explained. “The IAA reflects the transformation of the whole sector. The slogan ‘Driving tomorrow’ emphasizes the fact that both the industry and the trade fair are becoming even more digital and innovative.” So at the IAA more attention is shifting to the main drivers of innovation. “The focus is on digitization, connectivity, automated driving, electric mobility and urban logistics. Precisely in these times of continual growth in online trade, the efficient and zero-emission delivery to the door, i.e. the last mile, is becoming a strategically important task for the entire logistics and transport sector. For this the IAA presents convincing solutions,” the VDA president stressed.
For instance, many OEMs are bringing electric vans ready for series production to Hannover. In addition, city buses and medium trucks with electric drive will be on display. And the suppliers are also highly innovative. There is no other trade fair in the world with as many suppliers showing their innovations as at the IAA. Here the companies are proving that smart solutions for the mobility of tomorrow are inextricably linked with successful development partnerships with supply firms. “The IAA is the showcase for the mobility, transport and logistics of tomorrow. Visitors can see for themselves the crucial contribution of alternative powertrains, digitization and connectivity in making freight transport even more efficient, flexible, safe and climate-friendly,” Mattes emphasized.
The central showcase for the mobility of tomorrow at the IAA is the New Mobility World (NMW) that has a new appearance this year. The NMW formats EXPO, FORUM and LIVE will provide a platform for special experiences. While EXPO and LIVE will amaze visitors and enable them to experience a wide variety of innovations, the FORUM will be a marketplace for dialog, interaction and networking. Over 100 experts from business, academia and society will address the industry’s five strategically important topics in detail: Connected Vehicle, Automated Driving, Alternative Powertrain, Urban Logistics and Transport Service. Mattes commented: “Our NMW FORUM offers a marketplace at the IAA for ideas, innovations and visions. Here visitors can get a picture of the mobility of the future.”