Business delegation head for the worlds largest rail industry event from Yorkshire airportSeptember 20, 2016
BUSINESS representatives from the Sheffield City region have flown out to Berlin for InnoTrans, the largest rail industry event in the world, via Yorkshire’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
The delegation have headed to the event, which is held every two years at the ExpoCenter City, Berlin, on the Flybe service which was introduced earlier this year.
Sheffield City Region has seen 1,400 new jobs created and £100 million of investment in the last year alone, continuing to build on a thriving, super-connected and successful economy with the rail sector being at the heart of our region’s manufacturing industry.
Rail companies from around the world such as Hitachi Rail and Rhomberg Sersa are investing in the region and September 2017 sees the opening The National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster.
Rail is one of the region’s most important industries, employing 8,000 people, with another 24,000 working in its supply chain. Rail companies from around the world including the USA, Japan, Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland have bases here.
Cllr Bill Mordue, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Tourism, said: “We are delighted the region’s rail sector is using our local airport to travel to Berlin for this important event which will help attract more rail related inward investment into Doncaster and the region.
“In 2014 InnoTrans attracted some 133,595 trade visitors from 146 countries and we are sure that this year is going to be even bigger. With support from the British Embassy and UKTI, our delegation will be talking to many international contacts to showcase the huge strengths of this region in the rail sector.”
The delegation from the Sheffield City Region includes representatives from Unipart Rail, Numill, Hird Rail, Prandol, Evernot represented by the Master Cutler, Craig McKay and representatives from Sheffield City Region, Doncaster Council and Barnsley Rotherham Chamber of Commerce,
Steve Gill, chief executive of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “It is fantastic to see this trade delegation heading for a European business event from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
“We’ve worked closely with the International Trade Forum, Doncaster Council and Sheffield City Region to facilitate this trip on our Flybe Berlin service and members of the group will also be supported by Flybe once in Germany to meet with the local Chamber of Commerce and Berlin Partners who work on attracting investors to Berlin.“
William Beckett, International Trade Forum, chairman, said: “The International Trade Forum is delighted to utilise the new Flybe Route from Doncaster Airport Sheffield to Berlin for its trade visit to Berlin, taking a group of Sheffield City Region companies to forge closer links with Berlin Partner and exploring real opportunities at InnoTrans. The new routes from Doncaster Sheffield Airport will aid the business growth for the region with more routes and increased international connectivity.”
The Flybe to Berlin service operated four times a week from Doncaster Sheffield Airport, daily from 30 October and a new service to Dusseldorf in Germany starts next month, flying four times a week (October 30).
For further information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the routes it service visit www.flydsa.com