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Written interview with Dr. Heike van Hoorn, DVF-CEO

Dr. Heike van Hoorn, DVF-CEO
Dr. Heike van Hoorn, DVF-CEO

1. HOW DOES THE MES EXPO SUPPORT INDUSTRY ON THE WAY TO THE CLIMATE-NEUTRAL MOBILITY OF TOMORROW?

As a trade fair for the electronics supply industry, MES Expo has a unique selling point and this is an important asset in terms of professional exchange. Electronics are already an integral part of our mobility system. However, electronics in the transport sector is becoming increasingly important, for example with a view to autonomous driving, which will be the next big stage in the development of mobility in the future. Traffic guidance, predictive maintenance of vehicle components or infrastructure, communication between means of transport and with the infrastructure, energy recovery during braking processes are further examples of how electronics help to make traffic run more smoothly and thus more climate-friendly. We will need new technology and electronics to transform our sector toward climate neutrality. These can be used to network modes of transport even better, enable optimal route planning and capacity utilization, or increase reliability.

2. WHICH STATUS DO HAVE ELECTRONIC SUPPLIERS FOR IMPORTANT MOBILITY ASPECTS, SUCH AS DIGITIZATION?

The importance of electronics in transportation is already enormous. Our members include numerous suppliers who provide indispensable components: electric drive axles, digital couplings, signaling and control technology, image analysis for toll collection procedures, payment and billing systems, door security systems or turn-off assistants. The list goes on and on. Mobility needs digital components to be networked and thus easier to use, predictive and sustainable. What happens if the electronic components don't arrive can be seen in the current semiconductor shortages: Manufacturers have to shut down or stop production altogether.

3. WHAT DO YOU ASSOCIATE WITH MES EXPO 2019? (EXPERIENCES, ANECDOTES, ETC.)

Expo 2019 was still a young trade show with a family touch. This allowed for very intense conversations with the companies at the booth. It also held some surprises, such as how cross-modal many companies that were assigned to a specific sector are now on the road. That was also an important insight for me: The greater the importance of electronics in the respective means of transport becomes, the greater the breaking down of barriers between the modes. I wish MES Expo that it grows, but at the same time continues to enable intensive exchange.

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