Mafex success at Middle East Rail, Rail Solution Asia and UITP fairs

Mafex coordinated the presence of twenty three spanish companies in three major railway events worldwide held recently in dubai, kuala lumpur and milan.

T he Spanish Railway Associa­tion coordinated the partici­pation of a large group of railway companies in three major railway events that have been held recently in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Milan during the months of March, April and May respectively.

The most important railway fair In the Middle East and North Africa, Middle East Rail 2015, hosted this edition more than 9,000 visitors, 330 exhibitors and 600 delegates from around the world. Mafex or­ganized the Spanish group partici­pation at the fair that took place on March 17th and 18th.

The Spanish participation consisted of engineering firms such as LKS, Typsa and Sener, rolling stock man­ufacturers like CAF and Talgo and other railway companies like Arce­lormittal, GMV and NEM Solutions, all members of Mafex.

The Spanish pavilion was visited by various public railway agen­cies and bodies such as the Roads and Transportation Authority-RTA, Etihad Rail or the Ministry of Pub­lic Works, who also gave several lectures on various projects in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) with particular refer­ence to the present rail network that will cover the GCC region.

Also, Mafex coordinated the Span­ish pavilion at the Rail Fair Solution Asia 2015 held during the 22nd to the 24th of April in Kuala Lumpur, which consisted of the Spanish leading rolling stock manufacturers CAF and Talgo, the constructor OHL and Indra, a railway technology company. In addition, other com­panies members of Mafex, such as Vossloh Spain, participated by ex­posing their new developments in this Fair.

This Fair/Congress held its 16th edition together with the Annual Congress of the AROA, Asian Rail­way Operators Association, which had the participation of around 70 exhibitors from 20 countries occu­pying a space of over 2,000 square meters. Likewise, 1800 Interna­tional professionals visited the fair and 160 delegates participated in the congress, as well as the main railway authorities of Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.

Both the Middle East and South­east Asia are markets with great interest to the Spanish railway companies. Particularly in the latter region, the High-Speed line linking Kuala Lumpur with Singapore, the urban transport system of Klang Valley, the modernization of the railway line in the West Coast and the East Coast’s expansion are pro­jects in which the Spanish industry is highly interested.

In the Middle East, a large consor­tium of Spanish companies is con­ducting the High-Speed project between the Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina. A number of other important infrastructure plans add great interest for compa­nies that are members of Mafex. Among them, we must highlight the metros in the cities of Riyadh, Mecca and Jeddah in Saudi Ara­bia and the Saudi Landbridge Project, a conventional railway linking the Saudi cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Jubail. Fi­nally, it is important to emphasize the great railway project that will link the countries of the Persian Gulf, known as the GCC Railway Project. This railway line will run along more than 2,100 km and will cross the countries of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, UAE and Saudi Arabia. More information in Mafex’s magazine issue 1.

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UITP World Congress and UIC High Speed Tokyo

The most important international fair for public transport and ur­ban mobility organized by the In­ternational Association of Public Transport, UITP, held in Milan from the 8th to the 10th of June, also featured a Spanish pavilion coordi­nated by the Spanish Railway As­sociation and supported by ICEX Spain Export and Investment. The following Spanish companies par­ticipated: CAF, Ingeteam, SICE, Goal Systems and Railsa.

You can find more information re­garding this Fair/Congress and the participation of Spanish companies in different urban systems world­wide in the section Mafex Informs of the issue number 3 of the maga­zine.

Finally, Mafex participated in the fair UIC HIGHSPEED held from July 7th to 10th in Tokyo, in which ICEX Spain Export and Investment, in collaboration with the Economic and Commercial Office of Spain in Tokyo, organized an information pavilion.

The High Speed world congress-exhibition, which celebrated its ninth edition this year, is the largest international event on technology and innovation in equipment, rail, infrastructure, technology products and services related to the develop­ment of High Speed rail.

Spanish companies are world lead­ers in High Speed. Spain occu­pies the first place in Europe and third worldwide with a network of 2,322 km in UIC width in service since December 2014.