The international VFA Forum at the world's leading trade fair for lift technology in Augsburg, the interlift '22 in April, was once again an exciting, informative event with many high-quality contributions. More than 40 specialist presentations from Germany and abroad provided a multi-faceted picture of the industry. The number of people interested in the international knowledge platform increases from trade fair to trade fair: With almost 2,000 listeners, more than 15 % of this year's visitors actively sought information on the current situation in the international lift markets at the VFA Forum and took advantage of the opportunity for in-depth discussions with the speakers.
With Esfandiar Gharibaan, Vice President KONE, and René Hermann, Vice President SCHINDLER, a top-class team of speakers gave a compact and highly topical insight and outlook on the comprehensive developments in European and international lift regulations. As chairmen of the CEN Committee TC 10 Lifts, Escalators and Moving Walks and of the Working Group WG1 Lifts and Service Lifts in CEN/TC10, both speakers work at the centre of the standards forge and shared the latest findings with their audience at the VFA Forum interlift.
The presentation on the future EU Regulation on Machinery Products, which will replace the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, was another highlight. Luca Pezzini, Secretary General of the ELA European Lift Association, provided information on the change from the Machinery Directive to the Machinery Products Regulation with the legal implications and the timeline. Carsten Henriksen (Schindler, Code Officer EMA) as Chairman of the ELA Committee Codes & Standards reported on the impact on the lift industry and the influence on existing and new products.
With the information provided by the BIM expert team under the presentation leadership of Andreas Pilot (AF-Architekten), chairman of the guideline committee VDI 2552 Part 11.5 BIM - Lift Technology, it is possible to create standardised technical models of lifts and exchange them via data platforms. The presentation on BIM processes in today's business model and in the future, which featured four speakers, was also a crowd puller, as were the aforementioned presentations.
The session Global Lift Market, Technologies and Trends for Lifts and Escalators was another highly attended highlight at the VFA Forum. André Kukhnin of Crédit Suisse, author of the Global Elevator Industry Survey in cooperation with Elevator World and VFA-Interlift, as well as Wolfgang Adldinger, Elevator Technology Consultant of AD-LIFT service and Speaker/ Advisor Market & Trends at VFA-Interlift, spoke on this topic.
All presentations are available as PDF and can be downloaded as a single ZIP-file underneath this article.
Calls for papers for the VFA Forum interlift '23 in October 2023 will be sent out around September this year.