IBE 2018: MAJOR BRANDS AND QUALITY CONTENTS
THE BUS WORLD’S INTERNATIONAL EXPO
The huge European marketplace organized by Italian Exhibition Group at Rimini Expo Centre
with all the large international brands at the expo and the appointment with test drives
Rimini Expo Centre, 24-26 October 2018 – www.internationalbusexpo.it
The large brands, key market players, and a program of top grade events. Everything is ready for the next edition of the IBE International Bus Expo, the biennial appointment that is a reference point for the ”bus universe” in the Mediterranean and Southern European area, organized by Italian Exhibition Group and held at Rimini Expo Centre from 24th to 26th October 2018.
THE EXPO – ALL THE MAJOR BRANDS WILL BE AT IBE
On the expo front, the leading companies have already confirmed their participation: Iveco, Evobus, Man, Scania, Volvo, Irizar, Van Hool, Vdl, Solaris, Otokar, Isuzu, Indcar, Beulas, King Long, Tomassini and many more. As well as them, there are also the service companies.
TOPICAL CONTENTS IN THE IBE
The sector’s only trade fair in Italy will have focuses on the tourism sector, long-distance routes, Local Public Transport and an insight on the issues of energy transition, with the presence of electric, hybrid and gas-fuelled buses.
A program in which trade associations Asstra, Anav and Agens will participate.
The opening event is already programmed and on the morning of Wednesday 24th October will give an insight on the current situation regarding fleet renewal, with the participation of the sector’s key players, from the Ministry of Economy and Finance to the ASSTRA, ANAV and AGENS associations and Legambiente. Top executives from the Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport and the Emilia Romagna Region will also take part.
In the afternoon, ANAV is holding a seminar dedicated to corporate welfare with the presentation of the results of an ad hoc survey.
Also in the afternoon of 24th October, this will be followed by a meeting organized by ASSTRA, entitled LPT: Accessibility and services for the disabled.
The spotlight will be on the IBE BUS DRIVER OF THE YEAR contest, held in collaboration with AUTOBUS magazine, for which the awards ceremony will be held at 4:45 pm on the stand of IVECO, the project’s main sponsor, which also features ZF Italia as technical sponsor.
On the second day, Thursday 25th, there will be a presentation of the BUS&SPORT advertising campaign in collaboration with ANAV and IVECO, while an EVOBUS press conference will host the presentation of the VAICOLBUS advertising campaign in collaboration with ANAV and EVOBUS.
The second day’s program will be completed by a technical meeting on The technological evolution of buses by the ASSTRA bus work group, and a second one on Guidelines for the implementation of electronic ticketing systems for small and medium LPT companies.
There is eager expectation for the presentation of start-ups from the bus world and connected with it by AUTOBUS magazine.
TEST DRIVES FEATURING THE MAJOR INTERNATIONAL BRANDS’ GEMS
Another ingredient that further increases IBE’s appeal with trade members is the busy schedule of test drives.
Evobus will present Mercedes and Setra tourist coaches; Irizar will provide the 12.37 metre format i6S; Man will showcase the Lion’s Coach and Neoplan Cityliner.
From Scania there will be two versions of the Touring (two- and three-axle models); Volvo will present the 13.1 metre 9700, Vdl the Fhd2 129-450 and the Fhd2 139-450. Iveco and Otokar will also propose their models and there will also be minibuses by Atego Mercedes of Cafa sud and the Isuzu Novociti and the Novovip (distributed by Officine Mirandola).
In 2016, 6,815 international trade visitors attended, from 29 countries, particularly from Spain, Belgium and Germany.
The bus trade is a dynamic growing business sector: according to AUTOBUS estimates, registrations of vehicles of over 8 tons in 2017 totalled 2,278: 500 more than the previous year (+31%). The revival was driven by the financeable models: 719 urban (+79% compared to two years ago) and 708 buses for scheduled regular bus routes (+52%), a sector that in more negative years had dropped down to less than 400.