Attracting some 4,800 professional visitors this year, SIFER confirms its position as France's leading event for the international railway industry
For its 8th edition, held from March 26 to 28, 2013 at Lille Grand Palais, SIFER – the only international rail-industry trade show organised in France – attracted 4,800 visitors (up 10% compared to 2011).
For the last 14 years, the 3-day biennial trade show has attracted professionals from across all sectors of the rail industry, from major industry contractors, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, to public-transport management authorities and operators.
This year, with the attendance of personalities such as Frédéric Cuvillier (France's Minister-Delegate for Transport), Guillaume Pepy (President of SNCF), Louis Nègre (President of FIF), and several other prominent figures in the rail industry (elected officials, company directors, etc.), whose presence confirmed the importance of the event, SIFER was elevated to a new dimension. As a forum for the exchange of ideas, SIFER has become the must-attend event for those seeking to understand the complex challenges of the rail industry.
Cooperation, French Know-How and Innovation were among the major features of the 8th edition.
The State reasserts its ambitions for the rail industry at SIFER 2013
At the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Frédéric Cuvillier, France's Minister-Delegate for Transport, spared no effort to reassure all stakeholders in the sector of the government's ambitions for developing the French railway industry. He also took the opportunity to meet personally with a number of industrial players, thereby gaining valuable insight into issues affecting the industry on a day-to-day basis.
Similarly, on the opening day of the trade show, Mr. Daniel Percheron, President of the Nord-Pas de Calais Regional Council, expressed his determination to promote the development of Nord-Pas de Calais as a region of rail-industry excellence, and to see it become "the Toulouse of the rail industry”.
As a leading international gathering of industry professionals, SIFER 2013 also provided a unique opportunity for a number of side events hosted by major players in French the rail industry.
SIFER: Showcase for rail-industry know-how
The Grands prix des Régions Awards ceremony, hosted by Ville, Rail & Transports
Grand Prix Gold Award: The Alsace Region. Alsace boasts the densest and most frequently used TER (regional train service) network in France.
Innovation Award: The Upper Normandy Region. Initiators of a project aimed at bringing together French industrial stakeholders in the field of electronic ticketing.
Intermodal Stations Award: The Alsace Region, for the conversion of the Bantzenheim stop into an intermodal station.
Traveler Service Award: The Alsace Region. Reopened the Mulhouse–Müllheim cross-border line to regional passenger traffic after 29 years of inactivity.
TER Road Service Award: The Rhône-Alpes Region. Has been actively developing its TER coach service for students.
Sustainable Mobility Award: The Picardy Region. As part of its drive to promote rail travel, the Picardy Region gave away 130 free one-month passes to non-TER users.
TER 2.0 Award: The Picardy Region, for the publication of a web site designed to promote concertation.
Communication Award: The Aquitaine Region. To mark the centenary of the Somport railway tun
The winners of the i-Trans Innovation Trophies Awards were:
Fluidmesh Networks, in the "Rolling Stock / Passenger Information" category.
Fluidmesh Networks was awarded the prize for its Fluidity system, which provides wireless internet connectivity throughout the entire duration of a rail trip, even at very high speeds.
Mersen France, in the "Infrastructure" category.
For a third-rail collector shoe allowing the transfer of electrical current between the third rail and the vehicle. Mersen designed a shoe in which only the part exposed to wear needs to be replaced.
Louis Nègre, President of FIF, Senator, and Mayor of Cagnes sur Mer:
"This 8th edition of SIFER clearly demonstrates the extent to which the event has become an integral part of the national and European railway landscape. The presence of the French Minister for Transport, Frédéric Cuvillier, at the inauguration ceremony, and his tour of several stands on the Thursday, attest to the priority the French government attaches to our industry. Moreover, all sectors of our rail industry were present, either as exhibitors or as participants in the various side events, such as the conference jointly hosted by FIF and Mack Brooks Exhibitions on the Future of the French Railway Industry. As such, industry stakeholders enjoyed a unique opportunity to exchange views on the major challenges that will need to be addressed over the coming decade, and on the strategies that must be implemented for us to remain a leading player in the global market, and to transform our industry into one that is united, sustainable and competitive. Consequently, more than ever before, the FIF and its members are intent on continuing their collaboration with the organisers of SIFER to provide a forum for companies in our industry, especially SMEs and VSEs, to promote themselves and showcase their know-how to major industry contractors.”
SIFER 2013: Key Figures
402 exhibitors (from 18 different countries; percentage of exhibitors from abroad: 24%), including Alstom, ABB France, Eiffage Rail, Schwihag… business clusters (Northern France Rail, Neopolia, Mipyrail, Mecateam Cluster…).
4,800 visitors (from 37 countries; percentage of visitors from abroad: 15%), including representatives from SNCF, Keolis, Bombardier, Siemens, RATP, and the Urban Communities of several of France's major cities.
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