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Elevators & Escalators: more knowledge forums to cater for worldwide demand

28 Feb 2019

Messe Frankfurt has begun 2019 by setting the dates of events for the elevator and escalator industry and its partners from the fields of building planning, construction and operation. In addition to the E2 Forum in Frankfurt am Main on 23 and 24 September 2020, the company also announced the dates for another E2 Forum in India’s trade and business centre, Mumbai, this year.

The second E2 Forum Frankfurt will be held on 23 and 24 September 2020. The première at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre in September 2018 was given a warm reception by the industry and users, e.g., building planners, contractors, operators and the “Proptech” sector (property technologies). On behalf of the manufacturers of plant and equipment organised in Germany’s VDMA Elevators and Escalators association, Chairman of the Executive Board Albert Schenk welcomed the decision to hold a second E2 Forum Frankfurt: “Our members are looking forward to the continuation of the E2 Forum in Frankfurt next year. To further develop and grow, we need a forum focusing on topics of future-oriented relevance to our sector and the increasingly digitalised interfaces to building planning and automation.”

E2 Forum Frankfurt: the conference and exhibition generated great interest and were the setting for intensive networking. (Source: Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Sandra Gätke 2018)
E2 Forum Frankfurt: the conference and exhibition generated great interest and were the setting for intensive networking. (Source: Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Sandra Gätke 2018)

The E2 Forum Frankfurt is a biennial conference and exhibition focusing on future-oriented subjects relating to the planning and operation of elevators and escalators.

Collaboration between Messe Frankfurt and VDMA

The VDMA Elevators and Escalators association has been collaborating with Messe Frankfurt on the E2 Forum Frankfurt for two years and is responsible for the content of the conference. In line with the latest developments, the focus is currently on Building Information Modelling (BIM), elevators in building planning, regulations relating to the elevator planning, factors influencing fire-protection concepts, digitalisation concepts and IoT applications in buildings, energy and cost efficiency, maintenance concepts, the interfaces to building regulations and standards and operational requirements for elevators as working equipment. The exhibitors include leading manufacturers of elevators, escalators and components.

Vertical-horizontal transport in the ascendant

Elevators and escalators are set to play an increasingly important role in the vertical and horizontal transportation of people and goods in the conurbations of the world. In the future, most people will live and work in mega cities. According to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, two thirds of the world’s population will live in a city by 2050. Today, around 55 percent live in urban areas and this figure is expected to climb to 68 percent by the middle of the century whereby India, China and Nigeria are likely to account for more than a third of this growth. Accordingly, the number of mega cities will grow, too. In 1990, there were ten such cities, i.e., conurbations with more than ten million inhabitants. Today, there are 33, a number that is projected to reach 43 by 2030.

2019: E2 events in the intervening years

Cities and the horizontal movement of people and goods in them call for intelligent and interconnected building-systems technology. Messe Frankfurt brings together all relevant players who are seeking or offering market-ready solutions for these challenges. The ‘Building Technologies’ Business Unit of Messe Frankfurt has created a network for the subjects of these sectors, which is unrivalled worldwide. Accordingly, the fair and exhibition company is expanding its network of marketing platforms and conferences around the globe.

Today, Messe Frankfurt holds four events for elevators and escalators: in Italy, Germany and on the Indian subcontinent whereby a second event – E2 Forum Mumbai – is being launched in India on 2 August 2019. This conference offers building planners, operators and “Proptech” start-ups access to the latest expertise and technologies, solutions and applications from the field of modern elevator and escalator systems for the rapidly expanding regions of India and South Asia in the years between editions of the renowned IEE Expo, which is also held in Mumbai.

Elevator + Escalator Technologies: Messe Frankfurt events in 2019/20.                     (Source: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH 2019)
Elevator + Escalator Technologies: Messe Frankfurt events in 2019/20. (Source: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH 2019)

Visions for buildings and infrastructure

The elevator and escalator sector is one of the most innovative branches of Germany’s mechanical-engineering industry. Spurred-on, inter alia, by European and national standards, manufacturers have been launching pioneering innovations onto the market for many years – innovations that, as a rule, lead to significant cost savings for customers. For example, they include electrically powered elevators without the need for a machine room, introduced in the middle of the nineties, and, very recently, cableless elevators that can move vertically and horizontally at high speed. This innovative background also helps elevator and escalator manufacturers to meet tomorrow’s challenges arising from trends such as demographic change and urbanisation.

Continuous growth in the sector

The turnover of the German elevator and escalator sector has risen continuously over recent years thanks to a number of factors including the significant increase in the construction of residential and commercial buildings. Thus, revenues and orders noted by the high-rise civil engineering industry rose by 9.8 and 6.7 percent respectively in 2017. Correspondingly, orders for elevators rose by 2.4 percent in the same year while those for escalators jumped by no less than 53.5 percent, according to the VDMA Annual Report for 2017. The value of orders received for modernisation work also rose continuously from

€ 191 million in 2013 to € 227.2 million in 2017. The quarterly index compiled by the VDMA Elevators and Escalators association based on information from its members indicates a greatly improved business climate for the fourth quarter of 2018 and this represents the foundation for the significant increase in expectations for the coming six months.

Sources and further reading:

United Nations (UN):

Building Technologies @ Messe Frankfurt:

Economic climate data for the german E2 industry: VDMA-Konjunkturticker 4. Quartal 2018; available via the VDMA-AuF office (in German only)

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On the internet:; #e2forum; @e2forum,

Background information about the Elevators and Escalators Division of the VDMA

The Elevators and Escalators Division of the VDMA (Association of German Machine and Plant Manufacturers) represents approx. 90 percent of the German market for lifts, escalators and moving pavements. There are currently 750,000 elevator systems installed in Germany, of which some 640,000 are for carrying people. For escalators, the current figure is around 36,000 installed units. Turnover in the sector, which employs approximately 17,000 people, amounts to more than two billion euros.

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Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €715* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).

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*preliminary figures 2018