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by Pascal Pin, Vice President, Cluster TOTEM

New regional TOTEM cluster for Transport Of Terrestrial and Maritime, located in Occitania (South France Region) is the result of a choice of Occitania within the framework of the specialization of European Regions initiated by the European Commission in Brussels.

TOTEM specializes in the Automotive, Railway, Maritime sectors and in a complementary manner the Ecosystem sector which promote collaboration with other regional sectors such as aeronautics, energy or even industry 4.0.

SHIFT2RAIL JOINT UNDERTAKING: Digital Automatic Coupling: the backbone for full digital rail freight operations in Europe

The challenge for Europe’s rail freight transport
The automation of freight trains has hardly changed for decades. Employees still need to manually couple trains, walking the length of the train so that each individual wagon can be connected and checked. DB Cargo, Europe’s largest rail freight operator, estimates that its staff carry out the coupling process 54,000 times every day and walk around 700,000 km a year during train formation.

Little progress has been made in the other areas of automation of freight train operations as well. The preparation of a train prior to departure is still a largely manual process. Besides the mechanical coupling of locomotive and freight wagons, brake air hoses need to be connected. The checking of the wagon order, the test of the brakes and the calculation of the train’s braking weight and performance are still done mainly manually. The technical condition of the freight wagons is inspected by operating staff as part of a technical wagon inspection. Finally, even the sign at the end of the train has to be attached manually.

BITZER: Repair and remanufacture: the green solution

BITZER is one of the leading compressor manufacturers in the world, holding the largest market share in reciprocating and screw compressors in most countries. As such, the specialist for refrigeration and air conditioning technology has the responsibility to provide the right services to its customers – locally and with the necessary market flexibility. This is why BITZER’s service network was born: Green Point.

BITZER had a clear vision of the growing importance of services and aftersales when it started its Green Point concept almost 15 years ago. Services such as compressor repairs and remanufacturing are becoming ever more important, which is why Green Point offers state-of-the-art BITZER compressor care and services, close to customers and in interaction with local markets.

Expect the best advice with Bächli AG's vast experience

Find the right combination of solutions poses a great challenge to many engineers, such as in the development of a train. Legislative restrictions, the technical standards, mechanical and electrical requirements and your demands, in terms of design, size, efficiency, cost, etc., are just some of the many considerations required in order to develop the optimum solution for you.

Bächli AG is an expert in finding these solutions for all of your needs. We do not merely sell standard, cookie-cutter products, but instead offer solutions that are tailored specifically to your needs. We will work together with you, step by step, to develop a bespoke solution in the form of a technical service or product for you.



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Special meeting with Jennifer Bächli

Only 16% of the rail industry is made up of women and even smaller number are in senior, decision-making posts. We believe that there are a lot of initiatives in the industry, but we are sure that working together will bring greater success! Special meeting with a woman who will inspire other women. Jennifer Bächli, Head of Marketing at BÄCHLI AG.

Mohamed Mezghani - UITP Secretary General

As the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes, UITP and their global membership knows what direction the sector is going in.

Fly by rail

Drones are in the news as big groups and start-ups alike compete and/or join forces to launch flying taxis for cities. Whether and when they will take off is anyone’s guess. Less The Fifth Element, more here and now, the railways are already using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for maintenance and surveillance purposes.

Dealing with the unexpected

As public transport services become increasingly customer-focused (the name change from ‘passengers’ says it all), what helps an operator really stand out and strengthen or weaken their brand is how they respond to the unexpected. In such cases, an efficient incident and crisis management solution is a means of helping them maximise service continuity and deliver journey experiences that ensure customers come back for more – and tell others to do the same.

7 - 9 September 2021
NEC, Birmingham - United Kingdom


7 - 9 September 2021 - NEC, Birmingham / UK

Railtex and Infrarail have successfully served the rail market for over 20 years, and for the first time in 2021, the UK’s most important events in the rail calendar will come together to form the ultimate show for the industry. The co-located event will provide an unparalleled opportunity for companies serving all aspects of the infrastructure and rolling stock sectors to present their products and services, meet new and existing customers and be part of the industry’s networking event of the year.

EXPO Ferroviaria

28 - 30 September 2021 - Milan / ITALY

As the only B2B exhibition exclusively dedicated to the railway industry in Italy, EXPO Ferroviaria brings together key representatives of the sector. The event provides an unrivalled opportunity for companies targeting the domestic market and firms seeking foreign customers. This 2021 edition marks the 10th anniversary of the leading exhibition dedicated to railway technology in Italy, and it is set to be a solid comeback to face-to-face interactions for all rail professionals after more than a year of impossibility to meet at live events. The exhibition provides a showcase for manufacturers in the major fields of rolling stock and infrastructure technology to present their latest innovations, connect with the industry and unleash new business opportunities.

Middle East Rail

12 - 13 October 2021 - Dubai / UAE

Now in its 15th year, Middle East Rail has grown to become the largest and most established transport event in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. This unmissable annual event brings together the leaders of the entire transportation community and hosts more regional and international government representatives than any other event. Our international and influential audience comes together to meet, learn, share best practice, explore the very latest solutions for a next generation transportation system and review the technologies and partnerships needed to modernise systems and pioneer the future of transportation as we know it.


26 - 28 October 2021 - Lille / France

Staged every two years since 1999, SIFER, France's only B2B international industry exhibition, brings together suppliers and manufacturers of the very latest in railway technology, products and services aimed at meeting the complex needs of mainline and urban networks. SIFER is the meeting place for policymakers, rail operators and manufacturers, combining presentations of the latest technological innovations with a stimulating programme of supporting events comprising conferences, workshops, B2B meetings and technical seminars.

Regeneration and Transport Growth in the Midlands

13 November 2019 - Birmingham / UK

Attend to hear the most up to date insight on the key transport and development plans which are modernising the Midlands and optimising the regeneration opportunities these projects create. The event will explore how the region can maximise and respond to major infrastructure delivery through increased collaboration, improved connectivity and future planning.

Rolling Stock Procurement Forum

21 November 2019 - London / UK

The UK Rolling Stock Procurement Forum will provide you with the latest insight into the current and future opportunities for rolling stock. Attend to hear the latest strategic thinking on how to future proof the procurement process and identify future needs. The day will address the long term plans for the industry, including the impact and timelines of the 2040 decarbonisation agenda, the future of franchising and the emerging technology increasing rolling stock reliability and efficiency.