Innotrans 2016

Another great show exhibiting at InnoTrans, Berlin for the Forbo Transport Team. Our Marketing team, Jemma & Chloe headed out last Sunday to oversee the build up for the stand. This year we wanted something striking with bright colours to really showcase our extensive flooring portfolio. After a couple of 12 hour days and some inevitable hiccups, we were really happy with the finished product.

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On Monday, the sales team joined us ready for an action-packed week of meeting new and familiar faces. We had visitors from all over the world, from America through to China, with a lot of new and exciting projects happening in the rail industry.

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Adjacent to our stand was the Rail Interiors Solutions stand, a UK-based consortium of rail interior fit-out and refurbishment companies of which Forbo Flooring are 1/5.

dsc_0797We were happy to have supplied our flocked floor covering, Flotex FR to PriestmanGoode and Transcal’s seating mock-up – a new concept designed to combat overcrowding on UK trains. The innovative concept gained a lot of attention and discussion around both the adaptable seating and the flooring, which indicates where to stand during busy periods.

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Our sales team test out PriestmanGoode’s new seating concept

On Wednesday 21st, RIS held a Whisky tasting event for our visitors. The event was led by Whisky ambassador, Thomas Zilm, who talked the audience through a variety of different types, finishing on an 18 year old Whisky, which was very well received. The event saw over 50 people come to try the drink out and went very well – A big thank you to everyone who took part.

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We were also delighted to see our Tessera FR flooring feature in Andreas Vogler’s full scale mock up of the Aeroliner 3000. This new double-decker concept aimed at Great Britain’s rail industry received a lot of attention at the show. The UK has yet to see a viable double-decker model that will tackle overcrowding issues but Andreas Vogler’s concept fits within maximum height/width restrictions and increases capacity by 30%.

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The design has been incredibly well thought out right down to temperature control – heat will be controlled by passengers with an app, which will gauge an average response and set the temperature accordingly. What’s more is that each window section can be dimmed by passengers if the light from outside is too bright.

The interior design scheme can only be described as somewhat beautiful. The natural, muted colours are calming and aid the relaxation of passengers. The wood finishes and modern textures could have been used in a hotel or someone’s home – walking through the carriage was like walking onto a private jet – a feeling which was at the forefront of Andreas Vogler’s design vision.

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Andreas Vogler discusses the Aeroliner 3000 project with our Head of Transportation – Int’l Key Accounts, Jacco Vlaar

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Overall, another successful and very enjoyable time at InnoTrans 2016 – it’s always great to go back to such a wonderful city, see old friends and meet new people.

If you didn’t get a chance to visit the show but would like to know more about us, contact us here.

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