We are reaching the end of 2018 and in Mafex, we continue working on the growth, competitiveness and protection of the interests of the Spanish railway industry.
In this regard, the assessment of the most recent activities is extremely positive. The participation at InnoTrans has created high expectations and has also helped to gauge new industry needs and to be aware of the main challenges that the industry is currently facing, such as the growth of cities, climate change, digitization and interoperability. These factors place the railway industry in a preferential position to become the axis around which future mobility revolves.
“Mafex reports” publishes in this edition an article on the development of this important world event in which Mafex coordinated, for the eighth time in succession, the joint participation of 50 Spanish companies, along with Adif and Renfe Operadora. The event was also attended by the Minister of Public Works, José Luis Ábalos, the President of Adif, Isabel Pardo de Vera, and the President of Renfe Operadora, Isaías Taboas, to support the Spanish railway industry.
This section also covers other news such as the good results obtained by the Technological Delegation organized by Mafex with the participation of 11 UK companies aimed to increase technological collaboration between Spain and the United Kingdom, offering the opportunity to understand the local ecosystem that supports innovation in both countries or the association plans for 2019, which will reinforce its competences in three strategic areas through the international, competitiveness and innovation and communication committees.
In addition, it should be noted that, within the competitiveness area, one of the latest steps has been the preparation of a position paper “Supporting railway R&D as a key factor to improve the competitiveness of the sector”. It emphasizes the need to make a change to address the new challenges of the sector, such as digitization, automation, urbanization and climate change. To achieve this goal, it should be a commitment of government agencies in terms of innovation, an active presence in forums, in which its future is decided and developed, and the ongoing effort of private parties.
As usual, we also gather the latest news of the 11 associated companies, including the awarding of new projects, purchase of affiliates and appointments, among others, in the section “Partner News”.
“Destination” includes a detailed analysis of the railway industry in Bolivia, a country in which railway will be one of the key elements included in the modernisation programs to boost passenger and freight connection. Among the most relevant projects is the Central Bi-Oceanic Corridor, whose importance lies in the great boost that will lead to the commercial exchange among neighbouring countries.
Other key issue discussed in “In Depth” section is Metro Lima and Callao’s lines 3 and 4. These are two of the most relevant projects in terms of country’s infrastructure due to their technical features and dimensions. Their implementation will lead to a satisfactory response to new mobility needs in these two urban centres.
In addition, five technological innovations developed by Mafex partners are included, which underline the great importance of R&D in the Spanish industry.
We hope that all these contents are of your interest and will help to get to know, once again, the latest news of the industry, the most recent advances and the technological developments in which we work to become railway a more efficient and sustainable transport.