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Hans-Joerg Grundmann, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division, said, “Efficient urban transportation and traffic management systems are the keys to overcoming the great challenges of our day, for example reducing greenhouse gases and traffic congestion. Electrically powered means of transportation, such as metros, tramway systems and buses, reduce energy consumption and conserve the environment. Siemens is therefore convinced that future urban transportation will largely be dominated by electric mobility.”
Against this backdrop, Siemens Mobility will be presenting new products and solutions for urban mass transit at the UITP World Congress and Exhibition to be held in Dubai from April 10 to 13, 2011. This year, the international exhibition’s slogan is “Boosting public transport: Action”.
Siemens Mobility Division is involved in a lot more than just rail-based transportation. It will also unveil products for individual traffic. With its “Complete mobility” approach, Siemens is aiming for the sensible networking of various transportation modes in order to ensure the efficient and environmentally compatible transport of people and goods.
Increasing urbanisation and the resultant rise in the volume of traffic in cities, on the one hand, and the ever greater need to protect the climate, on the other, will fuel the demand for more and more eco-friendly mobility solutions in the coming years.
A study by business consultants Booz Allen Hamilton concluded that the world’s major cities will be investing more than five trillion euros in their road and rail infrastructures by the year 2035.
UNIFE, the Association of the European Rail Industry, forecasts that the world market for metro vehicles will grow from its present volume of around five billion euros by four per cent per annum until 2016.
A growth boom is also forecast for the Gulf Region. The accessible market in Africa and the Middle East is expected to grow at an annual rate of about 4.5 per cent by 2016.
“Those are very good conditions for us as the world’s leading supplier of integrated transportation and logistics solutions. We want to secure part of this growth, among other things with our new Inspiro metro platform,” said Grundmann.
Siemens is the only company in the world that offers an integrated transportation concept. It includes complete turnkey rail projects, operations control systems for railways and traffic control systems for roadways, traction power supplies, and rolling stock for mass transit, regional and mainline services. Its portfolio also covers airport logistics and postal automation.