The Spanish Railway Association (Mafex) and Adif have signed a collaboration agreement to promote, support and encourage internationalization and innovation within the Spanish railway sector.
Mafex, which has been active since 2004, is a non-profit organization whose main objective is the defence of the general interests of the sector and those of its partners. Its mission is to promote the competitiveness of companies through activities in the area of internationalization and innovation. Currently, it represents 92 companies in the industry, which make up 80% of the country’s railway exports and invoices 16 billion euros annually.
On the other hand, Adif has been supporting for many years the internationalization of the Spanish railway sector and improving the competitiveness of Spanish companies, through the participation of its experts in projects and visits organized by companies in the industry with organizations from third countries, among others. Adif’s collaboration in activities that promote and activate the internationalization of Spanish industry is one of the objectives reflected in its International Strategy.
Although Mafex and Adif have been regularly collaborating in the search for and development of new business opportunities for companies, the signing of this agreement seeks to strengthen the foundations for an even closer cooperation in the organization of activities that support the internationalization and promotion of innovation initiatives. All of this with the common objective of supporting and promoting the competitive improvement of the Spanish railway business sector, which in Spain generates more than 25,000 jobs, and up to 400,000 across Europe.
The President of Mafex, Victor Ruiz, values very positively the agreement reached “especially at an exceptional time such as the current one“. In order to “seek maximum support and coordination in the future, a greater promotion of the public-private partnership, which especially incorporates SMEs ” will be essential. But, moreover, the Association also reinforces the idea of collaboration to “shift confidence to the general public in favour of the use of public railway transport, which is playing and must indeed play a key role in the future in facilitating the sustainable and safe mobility of people and goods in our country“.
In turn, the President of Adif, Isabel Pardo de Vera, has pointed out that this agreement must serve to “improve the quality of the railway service provided to the citizens through public boost to the sector“, especially “at a time when it is vital to generate maximum trust in the safety and reliability of the railway by the public“.
That is why both presidents agree that “we must all contribute to achieve maximum support for our railway transport, which is undoubtedly a global benchmark.”