THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF TMB, TRANSPORTS METROPOLITANS DE BARCELONA, GERARDO LERTXUNDI, ALONGSIDE HIS COUNTERPART AT MAFEX (SPANISH RAILWAY ASSOCIATION) PEDRO FORTEA, UNVEILED ON NOVEMBER 6TH THE OPENIG OF THE CHALLENGES EVENT JOINTLY ORGANISED BY BOTH BODIES.
Its main aim was to publicise the activity that Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) carries out in the fields of internationalisation and innovation. As far as the latter is concerned, different technological challenges were presented in the areas of maintenance, sustainability, Big Data and train digitisation. On the other hand, the participating companies also had the opportunity to present the technological solutions to the previously identified challenges, generating a forum in which innovation is considered as a key element for the competitive improvement of the companies.
The combination of these challenges on one side 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 sector’s commitment to R&D+i was reflected in the participation of representatives of 30 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.