Promoting the railway to advance with new mobility models

 In the current global context, one of the key aspects of recovery is based on sustainable infrastructure development and digital transformation.

That is why railway transport is set to become one of the modes with the greatest medium and long-term growth prospects. On the one hand, its many environmental advantages make it the most suitable means of achieving the goals that institutions around the world have set themselves in terms of sustainability. On the other, it will have a special prominence in national and international plans for economic revival.

In line with this trend, Mafex continues its work to support the railway industry, essential in terms of innovation and eco mobility solutions. This representativity function, which already exceeds 80% of the sector’s total, is on the increase with the recent addition of three new partners, bringing the total to 93 members.

The Association also starts new business R&D projects such as EPROMAT, focused on Advanced Manufacturing and the search for new high added value products. The Association also continues to work, as co-organizer, in the final details of the next edition of Rail Live!, from 1st to 2nd December. On this occasion, in order to adapt itself to the current circumstances, the event will be virtual. The meeting is also held at a time of special relevance for the sector, which coincides with high-impact aspects such as the liberalization process and the challenges and the opportunities of digitization.

In this model shift towards emission-free transport, it is necessary to have the support of entities such as the International Financial Institutions (IFIs). Their role of advice and economic support is becoming more and more important every day to launch transport projects around the world. In this sense, the  Executive Chairman of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), Dante Mossi, explains in this new issue of the magazine the role of this institution as infrastructure accelerator and why there will be a special commitment to the railway in the coming years.

The advent of digitization and technological applications is another important aspect that also transforms the way to travel and gives way to concepts such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS), where the focus is on the user.

All these advances also involve an increase in business activity. Proof of this are the 21 news updates of partners that are collected in this issue and the innovations they present as an example of their contribution to the new sustainable, digital, and connected era.