EXPO Ferroviaria 2021 back in Milan with new tradefair tunnel tech area

EXPO Ferroviaria 2021, the 10th International Exhibition of Railway Technology, Products and Systems returns to Milan 28–30 September 2021 with a unique area dedicated to tunnelling technology.

Developed in cooperation with the Italian Tunnelling Society (SIG), the new area of the show is designed to create more opportunities for exhibitors and a major attraction for visiting industry professionals.

The focus will be placed on construction equipment and plant for tunnels and underground spaces, construction products and materials, micro tunnelling and trenchless technologies, fire protection and safety systems, communications and security equipment and systems, pollution control and ventilation equipment, as well as electrical and lighting systems.

SIG brings together numerous companies and professionals operating in the field of tunnelling in Italy, including public companies, research organisations, universities as well as engineering and contracting firms.

Italy is one of the countries with the highest number and length of tunnels in the world. Surrounded by the sea and connected to the continent through the Alpine mountain range, it is this specific morphology, paired with its intense urbanisation and complex topography, that explains the peninsula’s need for connections. These specificities have always constituted decisive factors in the development of infrastructure projects.

Currently, rail projects in Italy continue to attract significant investments and generate numerous business opportunities for suppliers to the tunnelling sector. The Brenner Base Tunnel, the Terzo Valico high-speed rail link and the Hirpinia section of the Naples-Bari high-speed railway lineare among the longest railway tunnel projects in the world. There is also a strong emphasis on the modernisation of existing tunnels by upgrading fire safety, lighting and ventilation systems.

The exhibition, which runs every two years, targets railway specialists at all management levels, from key industry contractors, suppliers and sub-contractors, equipment manufacturers, to public transport operators and management authorities.

Organised by Mack-Brooks Exhibitions, EXPO Ferroviaria is part of a series of targeted trade events for the railway industry, including SIFER in France and Railtex and Infrarail in the UK, all taking place in the second half of 2021 to support the recovery of the European rail market.

Altogether, the exhibitions form a network of 25,000 visitors, 40 industry partners and 1,300 exhibiting companies.