Deutsche Bahn (DB) challenge session organized by Mafex to boost R&D collaboration in the railway sector

AN INITIATIVE LAUNCHED BY MAFEX COMPETITIVENESS COMMITTEE THAT SEEKS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE INNOVATIVE ACTIVITY OF PARTNER COMPANIES.

The head office of the Spanish Railway Association (Mafex) hosted a delegation of 9 people from Deutsche Bahn’s innovation area on 27th January. Pedro Fortea, Managing Director of Mafex, officially opened the session, accompanied by Dr. Tobias Fisher – Head of Technology TecLab.

Through such initiatives launched by its Competitiveness Committee, Mafex seeks to raise awareness about the innovative activity of partner companies, offering solutions to the challenges posed by Deutsche Bahn (DB) which in January signed a contract with the German Government for the modernization and renewal of the country’s rail network with an investment of 86 billion euros.

Its main objective was to raise awareness about the activity that DB carries out in the field of innovation. Dr. Tobias Fischer highlighted that progress in the railway sector is based on our efforts. To this end, DB defined the strategic areas in which they are working.

The session focused mainly on the area that innovation aims to speed up. Progress in this area means that DB will increase the frequency of the service and make your products more attractive by using digital technology to ensure seamless connections between modes of transport.

The participating companies had the opportunity to present technological solutions to the previously identified challenges, generating a forum where innovation is considered to be a key element for the competitive improvement of companies.

The combination of these challenges on the one hand and the vision of the initiatives underway on the other resulted in the identification of a unique set of opportunities for the sector thus responding to the different shared challenges.

This commitment of the sector to RD&I was reflected in the participation of representatives of 18 companies.

The Association is supporting all those initiatives in this strategic area, understanding it as a key factor in the competitive improvement of companies in the sector and considering innovation as an essential pillar to achieve the necessary evolution of the railway sector and its industry.