Interlift 2019: On the Rise

Most of the exhibitors are small or medium-sized manufacturers of lift components that are highly specialized and often active worldwide; photo courtesy of AFAG.

Lift City is ready and waiting for the VT-industry trade fair.

After a successful 2017 event, Interlift is gearing up for one of the vertical-transportation (VT) industry’s biggest trade shows. More than 20,000 people attended the previous event, which featured 574 exhibitors from 48 countries. This year’s event, set for October 15-18, is shaping up to be one for the books.

Interlift was started because industry professionals, such as elevator and escalator manufacturers, had attended other industrial trade fairs but wanted a VT-specific event. AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH delivered with an event held every three years until 1999, when it became biennial.

During the four-day fair, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in almost 50 lectures on a wide variety of topics. The focus of this year’s international lectures will be digitization. The audience can learn more about the current European and international regulations and of the latest lift-related products.

Some of the main topics for Interlift 2019 include:

  • New products and services
  • Development and implementation of national, European and international standardization
  • International markets: Great Britain after Brexit, the future market of India, Turkey as a gateway to the Middle East, Poland and South Africa
  • Elevator 4.0: smart handling of smart elevators — changed business models
  • Building Information Modeling: BIM for the elevator — the new roles, processes and data
  • The elevator and its users: design meets emotions
  • Qualification of personnel in the elevator industry: blended learning — the future of learning.

Visitors from across the VT industry will have the opportunity to see new products and company developments up close and personal, while exhibitors will be able to share their innovations and ideas with others in the industry. This year will also feature a new service point for exhibitors that will offer technical services, such as audio visual, furniture, transportation and cleaning.

According to the Interlift website, most of the exhibitors are small or medium-sized manufacturers of lift components that are highly specialized and often active worldwide.

Augsburg — Lift City

Anyone coming to the event in October will feel the excitement for the trade fair at other places in Augsburg, Germany, too. With welcome greetings at the main train station, Interlift flags at central points in the inner city, huge posters along the approach roads to the town, Interlift trade fair guides in hotel rooms and the “Welcome to Lift City” headrests in taxis, it’s clear that the citizens of Augsburg are looking forward to Interlift.

Augsburg is an attractive town that has a lot to offer. There is a huge selection of international restaurants, and, at Interlift itself, the Regio Augsburg tourism agency is available to give tips in this regard. History buffs and architecture enthusiasts can explore some of the city’s other attractions, such as the Schaezlerpalais Palace, which has a Rococo ballroom with a beautiful ceiling; the Fuggerei social housing complex, which is the oldest still in use; or Maximilianstraße, a street with neoclassicist and postwar buildings that is considered to be a great example of art history.

Trips to attractive nearby locations, such as Neuschwanstein Castle, the Bavarian Lake District or city tours, can also be booked at Interlift.

For more information on the event, including the exhibitor directory, full schedule and travel tips, visit interlift.de.

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