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E2 Forum Frankfurt – Combining lift and escalator technology with intelligent building technology

Dec 11, 2017

With the start of the E2 Forum Frankfurt next September, Messe Frankfurt will be hosting a congress where dialogue focusing on innovations, digitisation and sustainability in the buildings of the future is paired with pioneering solutions and concepts from the lift and escalator industry.

The two-day event, which takes place on 18 and 19 September 2018 on the Messe Frankfurt exhibition grounds, offers architects, planners and operators of lift and escalator systems the chance to obtain information, engage in dialogue and share ideas with manufacturers and developers.

The programme deals with various aspects of building management and current issues concerning the future of people-moving systems in modern structures. The E2 Forum Frankfurt brings together various building management fields for a discussion revolving around “smart buildings” and their energy efficiency, digitisation, comfort, safety and security. With increasing urbanisation and the growing importance of barrier-free systems, the congress offers an excellent opportunity to present innovations and discuss the latest trends.

In collaboration with the Lifts and Escalators Association of the VDMA (German Engineering Association), Messe Frankfurt is bringing a conference and innovation forum that is already successfully established abroad to Germany. “We are looking to provide manufacturers of lifts and escalators with a platform where they can properly showcase their innovative solution concepts. Thanks to Messe Frankfurt’s expertise and its extensive network, we are certain that this event for sustainable building technology and urban planning will thrive in Frankfurt. Frankfurt also offers excellent transport connections, making it an even more attractive event location,” says Sascha Schmel, Managing Director of the VDMA Lifts and Escalators Association.

The International Elevator and Escalator Expo (IEE-Expo) in Mumbai and the E2 Forum in Milan have made it clear that the industry values the opportunity to engage in dialogue with developers and operators. According to Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Messe Frankfurt: “With the addition of the E2 Forum Frankfurt, we are doing more than simply adding to our building technology portfolio. By bringing a successful international concept to Germany, we have also responded to the demands and requirements of the lift industry in Germany and abroad.”

This is the third event in Messe Frankfurt’s Building Technologies portfolio covering lifts and escalators, meaning that Messe Frankfurt now organises a total of 24 trade fairs on three continents in its building technologies area of expertise, including the world's two leading trade fair brands for building technology: Light + Building and ISH.

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More information on the IEE Expo Mumbai and the E2 Forum Milan can be found at: and

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 2,300 employees at some 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €647 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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