Half of the year has gone by and, during this period, the Association has made a major deployment from the point of view of participation and attendance to fairs and congresses of the sector: Middle East Rail in Dubai, Rail Solutions in Kuala Lumpur or the World Congress and Exhibition of Public Transport organized as always by the UITP in Milan have been the most recent. Recently, the Association has coordinated a trade mission to Peru and Ecuador, as well as the visit with a large number of Spanish companies to the World Congress on High Speed organized by the UIC in Tokyo.
All this has been completed with the recent celebration in the month of June of the 5th International Railway Convention organized by MAFEX and made Sevilla the railway world capital for a few days, with broad participation in the event of experts from around the world, along with those Spanish companies and major national and international sector institutions.
In this issue we inform you about all this activity, but we also include an interview with Gonzalo Ferre, President of Adif, with which we analyse the various current issues that concern the sector and are the keys for Spain to be a High Speed world leader, the future of the Spanish industry internationally and the challenges Spanish companies and administrations will face at national and international levels.
Following the usual structure of the magazine, we also include an article addressing in depth urban transport in Algeria, a country that has been highlighted in recent years by a significant investment in this area; and under the section Destination, an analysis on the overview that the United States provides in terms of railway development, highlighting its urban transport projects in metros, trams and commuter. High Speed is also included.
As usual, there is information about the various successes both in national and international projects and the various contracts our companies are signing, as well as information in innovation that our members are having.
And just like we did in the previous issue, we want to welcome the two new companies to our association, ECOCOMPUTER and INABENSA, as well as IK4 Association, which recently joined Mafex.
Finally, we say goodbye expecting that you enjoy reading this issue.