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8th International Railway Convention

por Julian

Once again, the industry has welcomed very positively this biennial initiative that has brought together delegates from 30 countries.

Toledo hosted Mafex 8th International Railway Convention organised by Mafex with the support of ICEX Spain Trade and Investment. A professional and global meeting that has become a benchmark in the Spanish railway sector. Once again, the industry has welcomed very positively this biennial initiative that has brought together delegates from 30 countries.

The opening ceremony was attended by the President of Mafex, Víctor Ruiz; the CEO of ICEX Spain Trade and Investment, María Peña, the Minister of Development of Castilla-La Mancha, Ignacio Hernando, and the Secretary General of Infrastructures of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Xavier Flores. Adif, Renfe and Metro de Madrid also collaborated in the event.

After welcoming all the participants, Ruiz highlighted the “knowledge, experience, potential and reliability of the Spanish railway industry as a preferred partner when designing, implementing and executing railway projects around the world”. Proof of this is “the extensive network of metros and trams, high-speed and commuter lines that Spain has, which are the best evidence when it comes to positioning ourselves in more than 95 countries”.

An extensive programme of technical seminars and congress sessions
As on previous occasions, the convention represented an opportunity to gauge the sector and open new business opportunities abroad. All this, in a format of technological knowledge that had an extensive programme of technical seminars by some of the participating Spanish railway companies and congress sessions carried out by the international delegates.

All of them gave a good example of the technological developments achieved by the industry associated with Mafex, as well as its extensive international implementation as a benchmark in R+D in railway projects of great magnitude and complexity.

Opportunities for internationalisation
Along with the discussion topics that were presented in the technical seminars, Mafex organised a round of about 400 face-to-face meetings (B2B meetings) between the international guests and the Spanish businesses and organisations participating in the convention to study new possibilities of collaboration and to explore business opportunities.

Among the countries that were present at the Toledo Convention were representatives from Germany, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ivory Coast, France, India, Ireland, Egypt, the United States, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Tanzania, the Philippines, and Turkey.

On the other hand, in order to raise further awareness of the Spanish progress in transport, Adif organised technical visits to the Atocha station, Renfe’s “La Sagra” high-speed train maintenance workshop, and the central offices and Gran Vía station of Metro de Madrid.

Bilateral meetings
In parallel, during the days of the event, more than 400 individual meetings were held between the more than 50 foreign guests and representatives of the participating Spanish businesses and organisations, with the aim of strengthening commercial ties and exploring cooperation opportunities. The programme also included several technical visits as Atocha station by Adif, “La Sagra”by Renfe and the central offices and station by Metro de Madrid.

Broad institutional support
The eighth edition of the event had the collaboration of numerous institutions whose support was greatly appreciated by Mafex. Among them, ICEX Spain Trade and Investment, Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Agenda, Adif, Renfe, Ministry of Development of Castilla-La Mancha and Metro de Madrid.

◗ Sonia Mamic

“We are very pleased to be here, and we believe that our meetings have been very productive. We used this opportunity, among all, to present the Serbian Railway Sector Modernization Project which is funded by the World Bank and French Development Agency and implemented within the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure.

We presented subprojects and activities that are supposed to be tendered under this project in the next period and we hope to see Spanish companies to express their interests in this project.

We have learned a lot about Spanish companies, and we believe that in the railway sector, in particular, Spanish companies have great knowledge and experience that we hope to apply in Serbia.

The Spanish railway industry, being one of the most advanced i n the world, offers its services throughout the value chain, which makes it more solid and straightforward to develop a railway project with them.”

◗ General Oscar David Lozano Águila

Tren Maya
Mexico

“From the first contact through the Technical Committees organized by ALAMYS in Cádiz, Spain, we were able to learn about the Spanish and European railway system and through the exchange of experiences of relevant actors of similar systems in South America, the USA, Saudi Arabia and other countries, we were able to dimension the impact and importance of the Tren Maya Project not only in Mexico but also in the world.

From that first approach I had the opportunity to see the operation and administration of the Spanish railway system.

This ambitious challenge not only requires the utmost dedication from each of us who are part of the Tren Maya, but also reflects the confidence we have in our abilities and collective capacity to reach new levels of excellence.
This gives us the certainty that we are taking the right steps to make passenger rail transportation in Mexico a success, thanks to the collaboration we are bringing together with Mexico’s construction companies and government agencies.

Every action we take on a daily basis becomes a testament to our commitment and determination to achieve our goal of putting the Tren Maya into operation.”

◗ Fatih Kaygisiz

Deputy Head of Rolling Stock Maintenance Department · TCDD Taşımacılık A.
Turkey

“I am very grateful to be at this convention, it’s the third one I’ve attended. And it’s great because Mafex is looking for ways to connect with amazing Spanish companies that we would have never known about if it weren’t for this fair. We have already started working with several of them, and because we are both Mediterranean, we can understand each other better, and now we can grow with the relationships we are building.

Among them, leading companies in ATMS, TCMS, hardware, software, and H-back systems. We are also getting to know new companies in this edition that will surely be added to our list of Spanish suppliers.”

 

Lam Yue Kwai

Divisional Director, Project Development – Sentosa Development Corporation
Singapore

“I am very grateful to be at this convention, it’s the third one I’ve attended. And it’s great because Mafex is looking for ways to connect with amazing Spanish companies that we would have never known about if it weren’t for this fair. We have already started working with several of them, and because we are both Mediterranean, we can understand each other better, and now we can grow with the relationships we are building. Among them, leading companies in ATMS, TCMS, hardware, software, and H-back systems. We are also getting to know new companies in this edition that will surely be added to our list of Spanish suppliers.”

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