The railway: The axis of change towards a sustainable and digital future

Mobility is moving towards a sustainable, digital, and connected model. On this new road, the central axis of change is the railway. Its many environmental, safety and structural advantages translates in the need for it to become the main beneficiary of investments in terms of green infrastructure, both nationally and internationally.

The European Commission has declared 2021 as the “European Year of Rail”. This is a declaration of intent that highlights the importance given to this mode of transport to achieve the goal of being the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. On the occasion of such an important date, an extensive agenda of activities has been drawn up, among which is the organisation of the fair and congress Rail Live! next December in Madrid (IFEMA). This professional platform, organised by Terrapinn and Mafex, that will be carried out following an extensive safety protocol, will be the ideal scenario to analyse the changes and trends of the sector, as well as the topics of greatest relevance for the industry.

This commemoration coincides with the liberalisation of passenger transport in Spain. A process that is already a reality and whose evolution is analysed in these pages by some of its main players.

In this modal transformation, the role of SMEs, together with that of larger companies, will be essential to help promote a competitive, technologically avant-garde, and emissions-free system, through the provision of their solutions and services. It is a crucial moment for an industry that faces great challenges and opportunities associated with key aspects such as digital transformation and sustainability.

We stand before an innovative sector, with great prospects of generating employment both in the public administrations and in the private sector, which also faces other challenges from the point of view of human capital such as attracting, incorporating, and retaining the best talent.

All these topics are analysed in issue 27 of Mafex magazine, which also includes 23 current news from our partners and 13 new developments and/or technological solutions on their latest innovations.

Likewise, in terms of innovation, more details will be shared to learn about the work in progress regarding the European project RailActivation, and whose consortium, led by Mafex, has as its main objective to support railway SMEs in their transformation through the creation and adoption of open innovation strategies within organisations.

Sustainability travels on tracks, with a promising future for a mobility model where there is full confidence in the railway.