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The International Maglev Board

We are a scientific non-profit organization and are made up of internationally known transport scientists, engineers and experts. We are beholden to no corporate interests.


Maglev (derived from magnetic levitation) is a system of track bound transportation that uses sets of magnets to levitate the vehicle up off the track, and to move the 'floating train' ahead at great speed taking advantage of the lack of friction.

Why this website?

  • The purpose of this website is to call for maglev systems to be included – objectively and fairly – in any and all long-range infrastructure planning and planning competitions.
  • Maglev technologies are not wonderful sweeping innovations that will provide a quick solution for all the mobility problems of the world. However, in specific cases, maglev trains can certainly contribute to the organization of more efficient mobility.
  • This aspect should be tested in individual cases, for specific projects, i.e., in a comparison with wheel/rail and air traffic, and should be objective and fact-based, without technical prejudice or bias.
  • The International Maglev Board (IMB) was founded in 1997 by Karl-Hartmut Blesik († 8 November 2006) and Johannes Klühspies.

Board of Directors


Prof. Dr. habil. Johannes Kluehspies


Dr. Roland Kircher

Germany, European Union

Dipl. Ing. Eckert Fritz

Germany, European Union

Laurence E. Blow

United States of America


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