THE SPANISH RAILWAY ASSOCIATON INFORMS OF ITS ANNUAL MEETING OF PARTNERS, HELD IN THE SPANISH CONFEDERATION OF BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS (CEOE) IN MADRID, REPORTING ON PROGRESS MADE IN THE LAST YEAR, AS WELL AS THE INCORPORATION OF NEW PARTNERS AND THE EVOLUTION OF ACTIVITIES IN THE 2019-2020 TIMEFRAME.
Mafex, the Spanish Railway Association held its annual General Meeting on June 27, 2019, at which a large group of partner companies gathered. In addition to the opening ceremony featuring the Secretary General of CEOE, José Alberto González Ruíz and organisations and institutions such as Adif, Renfe, the State Secretary for Commerce, Icex, España Exportaciones e Inversiones, Foundation of the Spanish Railways (FFE), Spanish Railway Technology Platform (PTFE), Metro Madrid, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) and MetroTenerife took part in the public session held afterwards
During the session, a review of the tasks undertaken in its different working groups and committees over the last year was presented, also taking stock of the diverse activities organised and coordinated by MAFEX. In the field of international promotion, the success of the second edition of the RailLIve fair and congress was singled out, which with the contribution of MAFEX, was a major success within the framework of the events that, internationally, have been held so far this year within the sector on a worldwide scale. The event has irrefutably become a national reference platform in rail transport enjoying broad support from the sector.
Likewise, the 7th International Railway Convention organised by MAFEX in collaboration with Icex España Exportaciones e Inversiones, and held in Malaga in the month of June, brought together more than 150 experts from companies and institutions from more than 30 countries from the five continents and in which there were also 22 technical sessions dealing with the most relevant current topics such as smart and digital mobility, predictive and efficient maintenance, security or multimodality.
Elsewhere, the actions that will take place during the second half of the year were unveiled, including several business delegations and the technological delegation to Japan that MAFEX will spearhead together with CDTI and that will take place within the framework of the MASS TRANS INNOVATION JAPAN Event. Therein, the opportunity will be given to understand the local ecosystem of the country that supports innovation, receive real-time feedback on projects / prototypes / business plans, as well as exploring and meeting potential partners
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It is noteworthy that within the framework of the annual General Meeting, companies that joined MAFEX since the General Meeting of the previous year were presented. These companies are: Cunext, Eurogestión, Forest Traffic, Grupo Trigo, Kimua, Mechanized Martiartu, Lander, Next Generation Rail Technology, Polar, Revenga, SDEA, Sigma Rail, Tria, Zeleros, Zitron and 3M Spain, all companies with headquarters or implementation in Spain that boast an important export component in railway materials.
The association currently has 86 members, whose rail turnover in 2018 amounted to more than 5 billion euros, of which 80% resulted from foreign markets, and who employ more than 24,000 people.