September | Gdańsk, Poland
New product launches, inspiring meetings. The railway world in a single place: in September, join us in Gdańsk, Poland, for the TRAKO International Railway Fair.
TRAKO is Poland’s largest and most prestigious rail industry meeting and Europe’s second most important event of its kind. On 21–24 September, meet us at AMBEREXPO Gdańsk, where the conference and exhibition centre and the outdoor area of the MTG SA Gdańsk International Fair Co. will give you an opportunity to experience the latest trends, technological advances, the level of development of transport systems and railway infrastructure, and what’s new in Poland, Europe and worldwide. It is also an excellent opportunity to exchange experience and to meet within the industry.
The 14th edition of TRAKO will be the largest meeting of the railway industry in 2021, announced by the European Commission as the European Year of Rail. The fair will have nearly 500 exhibitors from 20 countries. National pavilions will be showcased by counties including: Czechia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland and three German federal states: Berlin-Brandeburg, Baden-Württemberg and Saxony.
Held in the European Year of Rail, TRAKO 2021 will be one of the most important events to bring together the entire industry, as follows from the current calendar of industry events in 2021. Therefore, it will be a tremendous opportunity to promote the Polish rail and the Polish industry working for rail transport.
Rolling stock and railway machines will be displayed for the first time in a new setting: the exhibition tracks of the Gdańsk Zaspa Towarowa (Freight) station. One of the interesting vehicles to be seen is the Coradia iLint, the world’s first hydrogen passenger train. Designed for use on non-electrified routes, the train is equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen into electricity. It is quiet and moves much smoother than diesel units. It is completely emission-free as it only emits water vapour and water. TRAKO participants include both the major international players and the leading Polish companies in the railway and tram industry. At the Gdańsk fair, industry representatives, exhibitors, experts, investors and manufacturers will be able to see rail vehicles, machines for infrastructure, transport management systems, cutting-edge technologies for rolling stock equipment and innovative solutions.
TRAKO is not only about exhibiting but also about an extensive side event programme,
with debates including:
– the opening debate on Railway Market Transformations in Poland and across Europe: Trends, Issues, Challenges, with participation from EU Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean and Poland’s Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk,
– Railway climate neutrality—is it possible in Poland?,
– Innovative technologies for railways,
– The 20th Anniversary of the PKP Group—what lies ahead in the upcoming years?,
– Development perspectives of the Polish railway infrastructure,
– Eurasian railway market—challenges in the field of international cooperation,
– Freight rail: Strategies and outcome,
alongside multiple conferences, seminars and company presentations.
Connecting Europe Express in Gdańsk
On TRAKO Day 1, we will host the Connecting Europe Express, a special train which will set off on a journey across Europe this autumn to mark the European Year of Rail 2021. Over a period of 36 days, the train will visit 26 countries and cover a distance of 20,000km, connecting countries and people alike. The Connecting Europe Express will visit over 70 cities. In Poland, these will include Cracow, Warsaw and, of course, Gdańsk. The rolling stock for the train’s make-up has been provided by CER-member national carriers. The train’s journey is one of the elements of the European Green Deal, which is being implemented in the European Union to support pro-environmental measures. These are promotional activities to increase the interest in rail transport and enable a better understanding of the challenges that European rail is currently facing. It is a promotion of railways—as a powerful agent of social, economic, industrial and pro-environmental change.
Prestigious competitions are a TRAKO tradition, with their results announced during the fair. In its 14th edition, there will be seven prestigious competitions encompassing investment projects, products, technological innovations and more. The Jan Raczyński Media Prize will be presented for the first time, named after an outstanding journalist and long-term member of the Programme Council. TRAKO Day 2 will feature the award ceremony, with the prize going to a journalist or editorial team who support rail transport, its development and the promotion of both freight and passengers.
The Organisers, Partners and Exhibitors jointly support the needs of sick children as part of the TRAKO for Kids Fundraiser, ongoing since 2003. This year, all the proceeds will go to
a selected centre which provides psychological or psychiatric support to children and adolescents struggling with the effects of the pandemic.
TRAKO is organised by the MTG SA Gdańsk International Fair Co. and the PKP Group at the AMBEREXPO Exhibition & Convention Centre, 21–24 September 2021. TRAKO Partners: ALSTOM, Knorr-Bremse, Medcom, Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz SA and TRACK TEC.
TRAKO enjoys the honorary auspices of:
– Poland’s Minister of State Assets, Jacek Sasin,
– Poland’s Minister of Infrastructure, Andrzej Adamczyk,
– President of the UTK Polish Office of Rail Transport, Ignacy Góra
More information: www.trakofair.com