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November 12, 2021

#MES Insights brings suppliers of electronics to the mobility sector together

From 9 to 11 November at #MES Insights – the virtual addition to MES Expo – the focus was on the future of mobility.

The Dialogue Forum, the Siemens Supplier Award, keynote speeches, Innovation Talks, matchmaking events, a panel discussion and webinars – #MES Insights specifically addressed the electronics supply industry and provided a virtual platform for an interdisciplinary exchange among users from the rail, utility vehicle and automotive industries. More than half of the participants were international and came from over 25 countries. Predominantly represented were the relevant supplier countries from Europe and Asia, such as Italy, Turkey and China, among others. During the three-day event, more than 900 trade attendees accompanied #MES Insights, representing the OEM, supplier and public sector visitor segments.

Lisa Höfer, the project manager for MES Expo, was very satisfied with the first virtual edition of #MES Insights: “Trade visitors were longing to exchange views, and our virtual service was able to satisfy that demand. The virtual concept of MES Expo proved to be a success too, and it offered users a platform for exchanging information and networking. We are grateful to everyone who took part for their contributions and are looking forward to meeting again in person at MES Expo in 2023.”

A wide range of topics at #MES Insights

Whether the topic was charging infrastructures, driverless vehicle fleets or the virtual revolution in rail transport – at lectures and discussion rounds experts discussed the latest topics in the mobility sector.

The German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI) kicked off events with a discussion on ‘Electric mobility in conurbations – concepts, connectivity and infrastructure’. “Comprehensive electrification and digitisation in every sector is the key to a climate-friendly future“, said André John, head of ZVEI’s Mobility platform.
The German Transport Forum (DVF) held a panel discussion with representatives of business and politics. They examined innovative forms of mobility and technological approaches to sustainable and affordable transport in the future. “MES sets important trends, because it gets individual sectors and stakeholders talking to each other“, said managing director Dr. Florian Eck. “That is what is needed. Transport forms, energy and digitisation must be synchronised. Germany needs to put more effort into creating the basic conditions for intelligent mobility. We are good at pilot projects and testing, but wary of implementing digital innovations on a broad scale.”
The German Railway Industry Association (VDB) discussed the digital transformation taking place in rail passenger transport through innovative communication and passenger flow management (ETCS). “Climate-friendly mobility no longer has anything to do with giving things up“, said managing director Dipl.-Ing. Axel Schuppe, and emphasised how important MES was for the mobility sector. “For us, MES is a breath of fresh air. We are connecting with all kinds of transport and across the industry to achieve the mobility goals of the future.“

Don Dahlmann, a journalist and author, held a keynote speech on 'The future of mobility – prospects and opportunities', and examined how self-driving vehicles will change mobility concepts, and what is needed for the digital transformation in the mobility sector to succeed. “Fully integrated transport systems is what we need in the future if we want to reduce traffic levels. That is why it is important to have trade fairs like MES – this is where people can meet, exchange views and talk about new technologies, and suppliers can talk to customers and vice-versa.”

On Tuesday afternoon Karl Blaim (managing director, Siemens Mobility GmbH) and Rainer Straub (CPO Siemens Mobility GmbH) presented the Siemens Mobility Supplier Award to suppliers who over the past business year have contributed significantly to the success of Siemens Mobility. Its aim is to recognise outstanding achievements, inspire suppliers and share best practices. The following received awards:

• SSC Swiss Shielding Corporation AG (Switzerland) in the category “Technology & Innovation“

• Walter Gasthaus Gleis- und Tiefbau GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) in the category “Logistics Performance“

• CANSAN ALUEMINYUM PROFIL SAN. VE TIC. AS (Turkey) in the category “Competitiveness“

• DITALEN, S.L. (Spain) in the category “Quality“

• Faiveley Transport Leipzig GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) in the category “Moving Beyond“

You can find the highlights of each day of the event in the MES newsblog.

The latest images and videos from #MES Insights are available from our image database.

All programme contributions are available on the platform as videos on demand after the event until 15 December 2021. Likewise, networking is still enabled.

#MES Insights is the virtual addition to the traditional B2B event that is MES Expo. MES Expo is a biennial trade fair organised by Messe Berlin and will take place as an in-person event again on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds in 2023. Registration forms for 2023 are now available on the mobility-electronics2023 website.