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E2 Forum Frankfurt: the first conference speakers have been announced – early registration for the premiere is advisable

6 Apr 2018

The foundations for the content of the E2 Forum Frankfurt have been laid and the first of the major speakers for the conference have been announced. Exhibitors who have already agreed to attend include the leading companies in the German elevator and escalator industry.

Trade visitors with an interest in this area can now register for the conference and accompanying industrial exhibition. Tickets for the premiere of the conference and forum of elevator and escalator innovations and technology can be bought at the discounted advance purchase price until 1 July 2018. Participation in the conference will, moreover, count for professional development credits and is recognised by the Chambers of Architects in a number of German States.

Leading manufacturers will be presenting their goods and services

The first exhibitors have now signed up for the launch of the E2 Forum Frankfurt on 18 and 19 September 2018. As a result, the exhibiting companies will include leading manufacturers of elevators, escalators and relevant components such as Bosch Service Solutions, Cedes (Switzerland), Kollmorgen Steuerungstechnik, Kone, Meiller Aufzugtüren, OSMA, RLS Wacon, Schindler Deutschland, Thyssenkrupp Elevator and Wittur. But there will also be some young start-ups presenting their solutions for the future of both vertical and horizontal conveyance.

Top speakers demonstrate various visions for buildings and infrastructure

The conference is entitled ‘Innovation, Digitalisation and Sustainability in the Buildings of Tomorrow’ and will address the digital integration of elevator and escalator systems in buildings and urban infrastructures. Amongst the main speakers is internationally acclaimed engineer and architect, Professor Werner Sobek, who expresses the challenges and visionary solutions relating to the high-rise buildings of the future in the following terms: “The architecture of the future urgently stringently requires engineering, design and sustainability in urban contexts. With its focus on the elevator and escalator technology of tomorrow, the E2 Forum Frankfurt is picking up on one of the most important structural topics in this field. Architecture has to sympathetically understand and integrate both the vertical and horizontal transport of people”, states Professor Werner Sobek, opening speaker at the conference in the E2 Forum Frankfurt.

Industry expert Karl-Otto Schöllkopf will consider the tension that exists between engineering and design in the city of the future, together with various innovations in the urbanisation process. Other major topics to be covered by the 30 or so speakers are: Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its requirements from the client’s point of view; the elevator in building planning with questions relating to sound insulation and ventilation; rules and regulations relating to the design of elevators and the impact of fire-protection systems; digitalisation concepts and the challenges that arise from cloud-based solutions and IoT applications in buildings; requirements in terms of energy efficiency, economics and maintenance concepts; interfaces with building regulations, standards and operator obligations for elevators as work tools.

Prof. Dr. Dr. E.h. Dr. h.c. Werner Sobek: keynote speaker at the E2 Forum Frankfurt conference 2018 (Source: A.T. Schaefer Stuttgart)
Prof. Dr. Dr. E.h. Dr. h.c. Werner Sobek: keynote speaker at the E2 Forum Frankfurt conference 2018 (Source: A.T. Schaefer Stuttgart)

Discounted prices for early registration up until 1 July 2018

Join the dialogue between the elevator and escalator industry and the decision makers in the building management business: with its innovations and conference topics, the E2 Forum is aimed particularly at decision makers involved in the planning, construction and operation of modern buildings and infrastructure in urban contexts; these include architects, specialist building services planners, housing companies, investors, operators (e.g. of elevator installations), transport companies and airport operators, officials from registered inspection services (ZÜS) and elevator manufacturers.

Trade visitors with an interest in these areas can now make sure of their ticket for the two-day E2 Forum Frankfurt at an advantageous reduced rate of € 335 by booking online at, on or before Sunday 1 July 2018. Thereafter, the price for participating in the forum will be € 385.

Included in the price are the relevant documentation for the conference and meals, together with a place at the Networking Dinner on the first evening of the show. (Tuesday, 18 September 2018).

E2 Forum Frankfurt: plus points for architects

The E2 Forum Frankfurt represents a double plus for architects: the conference content is recognised for professional development credits by several Chambers of Architecture in Germany. The Chambers of Architects in both Hesse and Saxony recognise participation in the E2 Forum Frankfurt conference, ‘Innovation, Digitalisation and Sustainability in the Buildings of Tomorrow’ as further professional development. The organisers are seeking further cooperation in the German States of Baden-Wurttemberg and North-Rhine Westphalia.

The E2 Forum Frankfurt will be taking place for the first time on 18 and 19 September 2018, in the Forum.1 conference building at the Frankfurt Trade Fair and Exhibition Centre. It is planned as a forum for innovation that will take place on a two-yearly cycle. The E2 Forum Frankfurt is being organised by Messe Frankfurt, in collaboration with the Elevators and Escalators Division of the VDMA (Association of German Machine and Plant Manufacturers), who are taking on responsibility for the content and planning of the conference element.

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The E2 Forum Frankfurt is the third event for the elevator and escalator branch in Messe Frankfurt’s Building Technologies portfolio. This has, for a number of years now, included the successful IEE-Expo in Mumbai (India) and, more recently, the E2 Forum Milan, introduced in 2016, which has rapidly become a popular meeting place for the sector in Italy and beyond. E2 stands for ‘elevators’ (lifts) and ‘escalators’ (including moving staircases and pavements). In the specialist field of building technologies, Messe Frankfurt organises a total of 24 trade fairs on three continents, including two of the world’s leading trade-fair brands for building services engineering, Light + Building and ISH.

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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 per cent of the German market for lifts, escalators and moving pavements. There are currently 720,000 elevator systems installed in Germany, of which some 610,000 are for carrying people. For escalators, the current figure is around 36,000 installed units. Turnover in the sector, which employs approximately 18,000 people, amounts to more than two billion euros.

Further information is available at:

Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With over 2,500 employees at some 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €661* 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). * preliminary figures for 2017

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