INNOTRANS: More than two-thirds of the 31 rail associations which will be represented at InnoTrans 2016 will be representing countries outside Germany, organiser Messe Berlin has announced, with organisations coming to Berlin from as far away as the USA, Taiwan and Japan. Industrial associations account for 18 of these organisations. Plataforma Ferroviária Portuguesa will be making its first appearance at InnoTrans this year, joining German rail industry association VDB, Europe’s UNIFE, the Swissrail Industry Association and the Chung-Hwa Railway Industry Development Association. ‘Most of our Taiwanese exhibitors are from the railway technology segment’, explained Hung-Ping Wang of CRIDA. ‘As the world’s leading trade show for transport technology, InnoTrans provides our companies with the ideal platform for presenting their products globally, as well as for establishing invaluable contacts with customers.’ Japan Overseas Railway System Association director Shinji Sayama agreed that InnoTrans offers ‘a golden opportunity for JORSA members to introduce the latest Japanese railway technology and high-quality products and components to potential customers worldwide.’Railway Gazette is the only official international media partner for InnoTrans 2016.