The technological advances of the Spanish railway sector continue to cross borders. In this context of international interest, the Spanish Railway Association (Mafex) organised a technological mission to the Nordic countries to learn about the challenges and priorities in R R&D, as well as to analyse new opportunities for collaboration in this field.
The mission had a complete agenda of meetings with the main stakeholders from the transport sector of Sweden and Norway. Amongst them, Norwegian Railway Directorate, Bane Nor, NSB, Trafikverket, Business Sweden and the research organisations SINTEF, TOI, KTH alongside others.
The result of the technological mission was highly satisfactory, offering the opportunity to understand the local ecosystem that supports the innovation of both countries, to receive real-time information on projects / prototypes / business plans, as well as explore and meet potential partners.
Research, development and innovation of the elements and of the railway systems themselves are key activities to guaranteeing the subsistence and efficiency of the railway of the future.
The mission has therefore offered an opportunity to the participating Spanish companies to present their technology and service to the firms and bodies from Sweden and Norway previously mentioned, in order to generate future projects involving technological collaboration.
Along with internationalisation, innovation plays an essential role as a differentiating element and as an axis of competitive improvement.
Both factors must be those that allow the Spanish industry to maintain its global leadership. The technological mission has been for many of the participating companies a first contact with the entities of both countries, being the beginning of a deep-rooted collaboration.