Leader project

(Coordinator) Spanish Railway Association (Spanish)

Mafex, the Spanish Railway Association, is the association that represents the Spanish railway industry, currently bringing together 89 companies that account for 80% of rail exports in Spain.

In order to achieve these goals Mafex’ activities and services are geared towards:

  • Promoting greater visibility of our member companies
  • Facilitating the exchange of knowledge and information, along with its dissemination
  • Collaboration with national and international institutions
  • Fostering collaboration amongst key players in the fields of internationalization and R&D&i

Research & Innovation (Spanish)

Technological Corporation that was created in 2001 with the main objective of contributing to the development of the economic and social environment through the use and promotion of Technological Innovation, through the development and dissemination of Research, in an international context.

This Strategic Alliance arose at the initiative of Inasmet, Labein and Robotiker, who opted to join forces in order to achieve a greater dimension that would allow Tecnalia to have higher levels of competitiveness in the market and achieve:

  • Critical mass to compete
  • Specialization in Market and Technology
  • Technological Excellence
  • Contribution of value to the client, which is reflected in their business results or in the welfare of society
  • The initiative was also attractive to other technology centers in the area and new members were added continuously

Rail.S. (Germany)

When it comes to networking activities for small and medium-sized Saxon enterprises, Rail.S. is an expert in providing ‘high-speed connections’. With around 70 members and more than 1,000 contacts in industry, science and politics, the association is the prevalent representative of the Saxon railway industry and the largest cluster of the rail sector in Central Germany.

Cluster members benefit from the close cooperation with Research & Science (notably the Dresden University of Technology – one in a few with the label ‘elite university’ in Germany) and the intra- and cross-industry networking that supports the innovation and business development of Rail.S. members. Moreover, Rail.S. supports the interests of the Saxon railway industry towards governmental institutions in order to ensure the collaboration of politics and industry.


Distretto per le tecnologie ferroviarie, l’Alta Velocita e la Sicurezza delle Reti Scarl (Italy)

The District for Rail Technologies of the Tuscany Region has been created in March 2011 aiming at improving Tuscan enterprises’ competitiveness and their products for vehicles, infrastructures and systems.

Nowadays 125 Tuscan enterprises – or having an operational seat in Tuscany – are part of the District. Plus, 5 Tuscan Academic Excellencies and several Laboratories for Rail Sector are part of it.

Thanks to such a networking role played by the District, they all started to work together on R&D activities, innovation and technology transfer in order to improve their global competitiveness while implementing a multi-annual R&D Plan written by the District.

Consorzio Universitario in Ingegneria per la Qualità e l’Innovazione (Italy)

QUINN is a non-profit consortium, recognized by MIUR, promoted by the University of Pisa in collaboration with some of the largest companies in the country to foster collaboration between industrial realities and the world of research.

For almost 30 years it has been accompanying companies in organizational transformation processes, it offers support to Public Administrations in the development of innovation policies, it participates in international networks in projects that finance applied research.