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Saxony Economic Development Corporation: Saxony presents ideas for sustainable urban development at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona

November 5, 2023: “Smart” ideas for sustainable, integrative urban development and concepts for living together in urban areas will be presented by Saxon exhibitors together with Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH (WFS) at the Smart City Expo World in Barcelona from November 7 – 9, 2023.

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“As one of the largest international platforms for these topics, Smart City Expo is also the first port of call for Saxony to present its innovative ideas. With concepts for street furniture, sustainable mobility and environmental data monitoring, as well as best-practice examples such as the city of Dresden, Saxony’s exhibitors offer interesting solutions for future urban development. This not only makes them attractive partners for cities worldwide, but also for initiating cooperation and business relationships with companies,” explains WFS Managing Director Thomas Horn.

“The joint Saxon stand is a good opportunity for us to present our portfolio at the trade fair. We are in Barcelona with our Finnish partner, Lehtovuori Oy, and its FINBIN brand. We are looking forward to the trade fair, to making many new contacts and, first and foremost, to exchanging ideas in the smart city product world. We hope to gain insights into the specific expectations of the market and our customers so that we can align our portfolio accordingly,” explains Martina Noack from ZIEGLER Metallbearbeitung GmbH.

“This is our second time at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, this time as part of the “all-round carefree package” from the Saxony Economic Development Corporation. What we value about the event is the direct exchange with city representatives at an international level. With our public bike sharing service, we are providing a sustainable building block for smart urban mobility. We also have a certain home advantage, as we have been operating public bike sharing for the Barcelona metropolitan region since this year,” says Mareike Rauchhaus from nextbike.

The following Saxon exhibitors will be represented at the trade fair in Barcelona:

  • Aqua-Scope Technologies from Zwickau
  • City of Dresden
  • Heinrich & Reuter Solutions GmbH from Dresden
  • hydrograv GmbH from Dresden
  • nextbike by TIER from Leipzig
  • PIKOBYTES GmbH from Dresden
  • sicos solutions GmbH from Dresden
  • ZIEGLER Metallbearbeitung GmbH from Nebelschütz

The business location Saxony will also present itself under the umbrella brand “Germany Works” as part of the all-German presentation “Meet the German Cities”. This is being organized by GTAI – Germany Trade and Invest, the federal government’s own company for foreign trade and location marketing. There will also be an informative lecture program for trade visitors on 8. This will be accompanied by an informative program of presentations by Saxon exhibitors under the heading “Sustainable urban transition in Saxony”:

  • “This is how we do it: Sustainable urban transition in Saxony” – Saxony Trade & Invest (WFS)
  • Dresden: Tomorrow’s Home – Development via Smart City Pilots” – City of Dresden
  • “Preparing Cities for Heat Resilience with a Sensor Based Solution – KLIPS Dresden” – Pikobytes
  • “Bike Sharing as part of smart public transport in Dresden/Saxony” – Nextbike

The congress brings together key experts and leaders from innovative cities, companies, start-ups, research centers and initiatives. This year, over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 25,000 trade visitors as well as representatives from over 800 municipalities and cities from more than 140 countries are expected at the trade fair.

The trade fair is organized by WFS on behalf of the Saxon State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport (SMWA).

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