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January 18, 2019

BUS2BUS 2019 – “Bus meets New Business in Berlin”

Berlin, 18 January 2019 – In only a few months time, from 19 to 21 March 2019, the bus industry will be meeting at BUS2BUS in Berlin. At this event, now on three days instead of two, 100 exhibitors from 13 countries will present their products, services and technological solutions. Following its successful debut in April 2017 BUS2BUS is on course for significant growth. Exhibitor numbers have increased by 50 per cent and floor space has almost doubled. In 2019 the tried and tested combination of a trade fair, bdo Congress and Future Forum will create even more synergies.

Trade fair

In addition to leading German vehicle manufacturers including Iveco, MAN, Mercedes Benz, Sileo and SETRA, major international companies such as Anadolu Isuzu (Turkey), Alexander Dennis (UK), Ebusco (Netherlands), Otokar (Turkey/France), Scania (Sweden/Germany), VDL (Netherlands/Germany) and YUTONG (China/Germany) will also be taking part.
Visitors will be able to inspect and test buses from three manufacturers on the outdoor display area. Mercedes will present the Safety Coach, Ebusco its Model 2.1 and MAN will be represented with three buses: a Neoplan Tourliner, Neoplan Skyliner and an MAN Lion’s Coach.

As well as bus manufacturers, exhibitors in the segments Components & Accessories, Comfort & Design, Digital Services, Fresh Travel and Services, Maintenance and Infrastructure will also be presenting their products at BUS2BUS.
bdo Congress
As the umbrella organisation representing around 3,000 bus companies the  Federal Association of German Bus Operators (bdo) will be meeting again at BUS2BUS on 19 and 20 March 2019. Once again the congress will feature the latest topics and high-ranking participants. Topics will include alternative powertrains and their market prospects, trading conditions in the market for long-distance bus travel, platform economics and the opportunities for digitalisation in the bus travel market and public transport. At the bdo CONGRESS entrepreneurs, policymakers and representatives of industry will discuss current objectives, find out where they stand on various issues and what regulations can be expected in the future. The congress represents the voice of an extremely dynamic industry and this year will again outline its strategies and recommendations for promoting public bus transport, bus tours and long-distance bus travel to policymakers and the public.
On 19 March from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. BUS2BUS will open with a tour of the fair and speeches by Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure  Andreas Scheuer, and a keynote by the futurist and trend researcher Dr. Jörg Wallner.

Future Forum

At the Future Forum in Hall 26 at BUS2BUS the focus will be on creating an awareness for the changes taking place in the bus industry. On each of the three days the Future Forum will devote time to a key topic, ranging from digitalisation in the bus industry, connected cities and new mobility concepts for rural areas, to bus manufacturers and the issues concerning them, such as new powertrains and driverless vehicles. The highlights on each day are as follows:
In the age of the digital transformation a shift has begun from linear to exponential progress. But what does that mean for established business models, industries and companies? On day one of the fair (19 March) Maks Giordano, managing director and co-founder of Kreait, will illustrate how exponential technologies trigger a succession of new developments that revolutionise entire industries in a short period of time, and will also highlight the resulting opportunities for companies. In his paper entitled ’1-2-4-8: When innovation arrives at an exponential rate: How digitalisation is changing our future’, he will describe what mechanisms are in play when today’s innovations disrupt accepted thinking and established structures at breakneck speed.
On day two (20 March) Clare Jones, CCO of what3words. will present ’The world’s first language-based geo-referencing system’. what3words markets a simple geo-referencing concept which divides the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares, each of which is assigned a unique three-word address.
Our transport system must change – and is doing so very quickly. When change takes place it is not necessarily what was hoped for. Currently, driverless vehicles offer great hope for the future. Will they automatically make things better? Or must we redefine mobility in more fundamental ways? These are questions that the philosopher Christian Uhle will address on day three in his paper on ’Driverless towards a better future’.
The Future Forum will feature the following new formats: at the BUS2Pitch on 19 and 20 March innovative startups will give an account of their experiences working together with established companies and get a chance to present their products and services to a jury of experts.

BUS2Insights is new too. On 21 March at 11.25 a.m. exhibitors will present their solutions on topics such as switching to alternative powertrains and digital mobility platforms.

Networking events
This year BUS2BUS is expanding its programme of networking events. The BUS2BUS Future Night, a networking event on the evening of day one, has proved to be very popular. It will take place on 19 March at 5.30 p.m. at the Marshall Haus and is open to exhibitors, congress participants and guests invited by BUS2BUS. BUS2Connect is a new networking event. Startups, manufacturers and the next generation of bus company operators are cordially invited to take part in a guided bus tour of Berlin’s technology scene on 20 March free of charge. The tour provides an opportunity to meet in a relaxed atmosphere, exchange experiences and talk about challenges and new ideas for the bus industry. It will be followed by a dinner and networking party at the VW We Space, Unter den Linden.

Preparing for the fair

The Virtual Market Place is ideal for helping with preparations and provides a comprehensive digital search function for BUS2BUS exhibitors and products, with extensive search and filter options. It is the perfect place for exhibitors and trade visitors to communicate with each other before, during and after the event, and ideal for organising one’s visit before BUS2BUS.

Organising your visit 

Tickets are available from the online ticket shop for all events at BUS2BUS: unlimited admission to the congress costs 320 euros and a day ticket costs 220 euros. Members of the bdo can purchase tickets at reduced rates. Unlimited admission to the trade fair costs 50 euros from the online shop and a day ticket costs 30 euros. Visitors who buy a ticket online will not only avoid waiting times but can also save up to 46 per cent on the price of a ticket.

BUS2BUS is open on Tuesday, 19 and Wednesday, 20 March from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursday, 21 March from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BUS2BUS 2019 will take place in Hall 26. A Citea Electric provided by VDL Bus & Coach, an exhibitor at the fair, will provide shuttle transport from the S-Bahn (light rail) station Messe Süd to the entrance to Hall 26.

Print-quality photos of the BUS2BUS media preview are available for downloading from our website. You can find a map of the grounds here.