IAA celebrates new era

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GERMANY

IAA Transportation 2022 is being held in Hanover in the German state of Lower Saxony from the 20 to 25 September. The major transport and logistics show is restarting post-pandemic with what it says is a ‘new innovative concept.’ Formerly known as IAA Commercial Vehicles, which focused on light and heavy commercial vehicles, the new concept covers the entire transport and logistics spectrum. Lower Saxony’s Minister President Stephan Weil, Hanover’s Lord Mayor Belit Onay and President of automotive industry association VDA Hildegard Müller were set to open IAA Transportation on 20 September.

“IAA Transporation brings an industry, without which daily life would not function, into the public spotlight: commercial vehicles – whether small or large – are essential pillars for a functioning economy – both for transport and logistics. The industry’s innovative and sustainable solutions are already making an enormous contribution to climate protection. This includes buses, which will be in the spotlight at this year’s IAA. We can hardly wait to present many of the industry’s fascinating innovations and impressive new products at this IAA,” explained Hildegard.

Jürgen Mindel, the CEO of VDA, said he is extremely satisfied with the level of interest shown in IAA Transportation: “The new concept received an extremely positive response. All of the planned hall spaces are fully booked out. We have registered a higher proportion of international exhibitors and partners than in previous years. More than 1,400 exhibitors from a total of 42 countries will be presenting their innovations and concepts. Amongst them are international and national manufacturers as well as suppliers, infrastructure providers, bus manufacturers, tech-companies, start-ups and, for the first time, cargo bike manufacturers. And exhibitors of trailers, truck trailers and constructors of superstructures as well as suppliers therefore are traditionally strongly represented again; they form by far the largest groups of exhibitors. This year we have over 260 exhibitors of trailers and special bodies and almost 600 suppliers.”

Visitors are seen with a Mercedes-Benz eCitaro at the IAA Experience event, part of the IAA portfolio. BORIS LOEFFERT/IAA