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E2 Forum – future themes for lift construction

The main subjects of the E2 Forum, which had its premiere in Frankfurt, were innovation, digitalisation and sustainability in the buildings of tomorrow.

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Wolfgang Marzin (Chairman of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt GmbH), Roberto Zappa (President of the European Lift Association ELA), Iris Jeglitza-Moshage (Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt), Sascha Schmel (Managing Director Technical Association Lifts and Escalators in VDMA Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.) and Albert Schenk (Chairman of the Board of Management of VDMA). (Photo: © Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Sandra Gätke)

A total of 34 exhibiting companies were able to present their innovative solutions to about 420 of those attending the conference and enter into dialogue with planners, architects and operators.

Engineering, design and sustainability

HandwerkThe digitalisation of buildings is going to produce great changes for transport facilities as well: lifts and escalators will have to be integrated into modern hotels, residential blocks or company high-rise buildings and designed with new cost and energy guidelines.

"Architecture will have to integrate and make allowance for vertical and horizontal transport," according to Professor Werner Sobek in his opening speech at the E2 Forum Frankfurt. "The architecture of the future already amounts to engineering, design and sustainability in the urban space," he said at the beginning of the two-day trade conference, which was devoted to the future trends in the lift and escalator industry and pointed out solutions.

Innovations in the urbanisation process

"Together with Messe Frankfurt, we have brought a conference and innovation forum that is well-established abroad to Germany," noted Albert Schenk, Chairman of the VDMA Technical Association Lifts, at the beginning of the event.

The E2 Forum also examined Building Information Modelling (BIM) from the building owner’s point of view, the lift in building planning, rules and regulations in planning lifts; digitalisation concepts with the challenges of cloud-based solutions or IoT applications in the building; demands on energy and cost efficiency and maintenance concepts.

HandwerkThe breadth and extent of possibilities involving design for the city of the future and innovations in the urbanisation process were examined on the second day of the conference.

Messe Frankfurt and VDMA cooperate

The conference topics were recognised by the chambers of architects of the six federal states Baden-Württemberg, Brandenburg, Hessen, North Rhine Westphalia, Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein as constituting further training.

The next E2 Forum Frankfurt will take place in September 2020 again in Frankfurt am Main. The cooperation partner will be the VDMA Technical Association Lifts and Escalators, which will also be responsible for the conference subjects.

E2 Forum Frankfurt

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