Mafex is bolstered and committed to new collaborative spaces, innovation and technological developments

THE SPANISH RAILWAY ASSOCIATION WILL CONTINUE ITS WORK GEARED TOWARDS THE PROMOTION, REPRESENTATION AND DEFENCE OF THE SECTOR IN 2019. IN THIS CONTEXT, AN INTENSE ACTIVITY SCHEDULE IS COMPLETED. FURTHERMORE, IT BOLSTERS ITS ACTIONS AS A FACILITATING AGENT THAT MAKES ITS ASSOCIATED COMPANIES MORE TECHNOLOGICALLY MORE ADVANCED PROVIDING THUS A DIFFERENTIATING ELEMENT.

resently, the services and technology developed by the 86 members who form Mafex are present in 95 countries around the world. Their highly-qualified workforce, experience in special projects and its own know-how have made them preferential partners in the modernisation and expansion plans of transport networks over the five continents. The companies that are part of Mafex represented, according to official data, 75% of the Spanish exports of the sector in the year 2017. During that same year, they invoiced an amount of 14.5 billion euros. Referring exclusively to its railway activity, the amount stood at 5 billion euros.

The Spanish railway industry continues its positive growth path, but at the same time, it faces new global transport challenges such as sustainability, digitalisation, interoperability and foreign competition, amongst others.

To provide maximum support to its associates, Mafex will continue with its multiple tasks, with the ultimate goal of assisting companies in their internationalisation processes, and defending the general interests of their associated companies to achieve, through cooperation, the very highest standards of possible competitiveness for the same.

To achieve maximum results in all fields of interest, we have opted to strengthen actions in four major areas:

First, the International area, represented by the International Committee formed by 16 partner companies. Focused on the promotion of internationalisation and the identification of new opportunities for all members of the Association. In this context, one more year, a complete plan of activities of external promotion for 2019 is being worked on, which includes commercial delegations, fairs and study missions to markets of special interest to identify new opportunities. Within this programme, the organisation of the second edition in Bilbao of the trade fair “Rail Live!” will also be tackled in March or the “7th Mafex International Railway  Convention” in June. The Committee also relies on the implementation of its own services, such as Colabora +, a Strategic Intelligence System and all the issues related to Commercial Policy. This last point is of special interest also to create new business opportunities and closely observe the commercial defence instruments, ensuring an effective protection of the interests of the Spanish railway sector and avoiding bad practices.

For its part, in the area of Innovation, the Competitiveness and Innovation Committee, recently renewed in October and comprised of 20 member companies, will continue in 2019 as a facilitator of activities that make its members more competitive, innovative and technologically advanced to offer thus a differentiating element. In this field, it is committed to the continuity of group work and cooperation to advance key aspects such as sustainability, digitisation and industry 4.0, the identification of strategic projects (technological surveillance) or the promotion of the implementation of new business management models.

Thirdly, from the Marketing and Communications Division, the line of action will be set out with regard to the continuity of the strategies of promotion and dissemination, both nationally and internationally, of the capabilities of the partners and of the Spanish railway sector. For this, we will continue working with the different channels and tools, such as positioning notes, Mafex magazine, RS, web, etc. In addition, different sector reports will be published annually, based on statistical data and topics of interest.

Finally, to boost the defence of the interests of the Spanish Railway Sector from Mafex is involved in different business and institutional forums such as UNIFE (Association of the European Railway Industry) or CEOE (Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations) as well as a regular collaboration with several public and private bodies and firms.

Víctor Ruiz, re-elected as President of Mafex

Víctor Ruiz, an engineering graduate from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and currently CMO Rail & Special Sections of ArcelorMittal Europe-Long Products and President of Mafex since 2006, has been re-elected to continue to steer the chairmanship of Mafex for the period 2018-2022.

It is similarly noteworthy that in the renewal dated July 11, the Mafex management committee approved the appointment of three Vice-Presidents in order to strengthen the role of the Association; Luis Fernández, from the Thales Spain company, as first Vice-President, María Concepción Ortega from the company Idom, as second Vice-President and Pedro Fortea, current general director of the same, will also hold the position of executive Vice-President. These appointments form, together with President Victor Ruiz and Secretary Jaime Hernani, the latter being General Manager of the Agex Group, a federation which Mafex has been a member of the internal positions of the Association since its creation.

New Mafex partner: Trigo Group Spain

Trigo Group Spain is a supplier of quality services dedicated to industrial sectors, throughout the supply chain. Founded in 2001, it offers quality assurance services in products, maintenance, industrial media management and metrology with more than 600 highly-skilled professionals. Within it there are already 81 companies, 1 university centre and 4 technological centres which add 86 members to Mafex.