International expansion: Leading Spanish technology and top-level know-how


More than 25 billion invested in the complete renovation of a network spanning 15,000 kilometres and 2,000 stations, including infrastructure, security and rolling stock, have given the Spanish industry a powerful technical capacity and a relevant consolidation in the world. Technological excellence that forges its path throughout the world. Renfe Operadora and ADIF, together with a large group of leading Spanish companies, export now unique knowledge at the highest level to successfully carry out projects of major significance.

Both parties have combined their advancements in R&D and know-how and have become the favoured technological partners for the construction and operation of new high-speed lines, conventional networks, metros and trams in the five continents, as well as in the supply of state-of-the-art rolling stock. For high-speed rail, particularly noteworthy is the commissioning Dallas / Fort Worth, in the State of Texas (USA).Beyond the projects for the construction and start-up of new networks, Spanish know-how is closely linked to the transmission of acquired knowledge. In this connection, ADIF has advised India HSRC (High Speed Railway Corp) in the planning process of the high-speed lines.


There are also Framework Agreements, such as the one signed with the Russian Railways (RZD) for the exchange of experiences in innovation, research and development of railway technology. Furthermore, ground-breaking Spanish solutions have meant Morocco has selected the DaVinci rail traffic control and management system, developed by Indra and ADIFs intellectual property, for its rail network. In Colombia, it also provided technical assistance for the maintenance and development of the Greta rail traffic management tool in the Chiriguaná-Santa Marta section of the Fenoco company.

Another country that has relied on the Spanish administrator and operator has been Egypt. The two companies, together with Ineco, were also selected by the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) to collaborate in the implementation of the regulatory framework and the improvement of their railway safety management system. Together with the projects carried out in the world and advisory agreements, the Spanish technological advances continue to arouse the interest of professionals in the sector. In recent years Spain has received the visit of numerous international delegations interested in to discover more of one of the most advanced rail systems in the world, as well as the experience of Renfe and ADIF in their implementation. Amongst them, Sweden, China, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saudi Arabia, India, Tunisia, Algeria, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Japan, Czech Republic, Hungary, Uzbekistan, Croatia, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Australia, Qatar, Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia and South Africa.

A promising future

The challenges achieved up to now are of special relevance for Renfe and ADIF and both wish to continue along this growth path in the forthcoming years. This is reflected in the new strategic plan in which Renfe Operadora is involved in, where one of the key sections is the foreign market. One of its priorities is to expand its presence in North and South America. On the one hand, it has already shown interest in high-speed projects in Ontario (Canada) and in the Rapid Passenger Train of Costa Rica.

On the other hand, the company has collaboration and advisory opportunities in countries such as Bolivia, Cuba, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Mexico or Peru, where there are important plans such as the Bioceanic Train. Renfe Operadora also studied a cooperation alliance with the Hong Kong MTR group. The aim, to participate in the West Coast Partnership (WCP), which includes the future high-speed service London-Birminghan-Manchester-Leeds. Likewise, work is being undertaken on a principle of agreement with China Railway.

For its part, ADIF International has also transferred years to the market cutting-edge technology and experience. The company has of the first lines of these characteristics in different countries. Such is the case of the HSL Mecca-Medina, where Renfe and ADIF are present in the consortium selected for its start-up. Another relevant example is the HSL Ankara-Estambul,  in Turkey. Another step forward in the world is the recent selection of both companies as strategic partners in the design, construction and subsequent operation and maintenance of the high-speed project to unite the cities of Houston and from a wide range of services ranging from technical advice, design and construction, cutting-edge advances for rail traffic management, through technology transfer programs, financing systems and asset management. All of them made-to-measure projects  that are increasingly sought after throughout the world.

Spanish technological excellence in the field of rail transport is now finding its way around the world.

In this sense, they position themselves as a company that possesses one of the most consolidated and advanced knowledge of the sector in terms of network construction and improvement of existing ones, as well as topmen innovative management and maintenance systems. A perk of its international success is that it “works with the most competitive railway cluster in the world: the one formed by leading Spanish companies in, present in some of the most important projects in the world”.