Mafex is the co-organizer, next to Terrapinn, of this event, which will be held in Bilbao and which has a wide institutional support.
The “14th World Metro & Light Rail Congress Rail” is already underway. This event is organized by Terrapinn in collaboration with the Spanish Railway Association (Mafex). On this occasion, Bilbao will be chosen as the next city hosting the event.
Great Institutional Support
On April 18th and 19th, 2018, BEC (Bilbao Exhibition Center) will host this strategic annual event. It will gather agents from the railway sector (operators, manufacturers, suppliers), managers and industry delegates to establish “alliances between the major players in the market”.
Among the institutions that support the event are the Basque Government, SPRI group, ETS, Euskotren and Metro de Bilbao. Adif and Renfe will also participate in.
More than 34 countries
This edition will gather 500 participants from more than 34 countries and 150 speakers from around the world. This forum will address relevant issues, such as the management and maintenance of railway systems and the incorporation of technological advances.
In addition to an important institutional participation in the opening and different presentations, an expository part will also be organized presenting the solutions and the latest developments of the leading companies in the railway field. Among them, some Mafex partners such as Danobat, ArcelorMittal, CAF, Ingeteam, Arteche, Implaser, Jez Sistemas Ferroviarios, NEM Solutions, Idom and Luzon are already registered.
The program, which will be presented shortly, will address current issues in the railway sector, from the perspective of urban public transport: new technologies and solutions, intermodality and network integration, safety, environment and sustainability, project financing, maintenance, etc.
The participation expectations are very high, as several personalities in the sector point out. In this sense, the Managing Director of Mafex, Pedro Fortea, has highlighted the “commitment” of the Spanish railway industry with internationalization as a way for “competitive improvement” and has pointed out that this Congress places it “in a sectoral showcase of great importance”. Terrapinn’s Managing Director, Sean Willis, sees the overall response to the celebration of this international event “extremely positive”.