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Director General of UNIFE to discuss the digital railway at International Railway Summit

Press Release   •   Nov 07, 2016 08:00 GMT

International Railway Journal (IRJ) and IRITS Events Ltd are delighted to announce the participation of Philippe Citroën, Director General of the Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE), as a keynote speaker at the 4th International Railway Summit, taking place on 15-17 February 2017 in Paris.

Mr Citroën was appointed Director General of UNIFE in June 2011. Prior to assuming his position at UNIFE, he served for 8 years as CEO of Systra, one of the world's leading public transport engineering companies. He has also filled the posts of Transport Counsel at the French Permanent Representation to the EU, Member of the Cabinet of the French Transport Minister, Manager and Chief of Staff at RATP Paris, and Strategy Director of SNCF.

Mr Citroën will make a keynote speech opening the session “Is the industry ready for the digital railway?” at the International Railway Summit.

UNIFE, based in Brussels since 1992, is an association of over 80 of Europe’s leading companies from all areas of the rail supply industry, such as design, manufacture, maintenance and refurbishment of rail transport systems, subsystems and related equipment. Fourteen European national rail industry associations count themselves among its members, who enjoy 84% market share in Europe and supply 46% of the worldwide production of rail equipment and services.

UNIFE advocates its members’ interests at both the European and International levels and work on the setting of interoperability standards and coordinate EU-funded research projects that aim at the technical harmonisation of railway systems.

Mr Citroën commented: “The European rail supply industry already plays a key role to develop digital railways. In order to foster the digital transformation of the railway sector, UNIFE has identified the following priorities: Better use of existing infrastructure mainly through ERTMS deployment and predictive maintenance, better accessing and using data, enhancing the security of the rail system and improving end-user’s experience.

“UNIFE and its members are very proactive in proposing concrete innovative solutions that will contribute to the digital transformation of railways. A cooperative approach between all railway stakeholders will be key in speeding up the digitalisation. However, we also need a strong support from the EU institutions, both in terms of appropriate regulation and adequate funding. I am confident that by common efforts we will make great strides in using digital technologies to improve railway competitiveness.”

International Railway Summit’s conference programme will focus on the future of railways from a technological, organisational and creative point of view, sharing knowledge and proposing solutions to the challenges of enhancing passenger experience and bolstering rail’s competitivity within the transport market.

Organisations and individuals interested in learning more about International Railway Summit and about how they can participate in the event can visit www.irits.org or contact the organisers, IRJ and IRITS Events.

International Railway Summit is a meeting of senior executives representing the world’s key rail operators, rail infrastructure management companies, national and local governments, rolling stock manufacturers and a wide range of solution providers.

International Railway Summit provides a 'matchmaking' service between rail industry leaders ('buyers') and technical experts ('suppliers'), based on buyer delegates' project requirements and the proven expertise of large and small suppliers that we have carefully handpicked. Based on this matchmaking, buyer delegates attend one-to-one consultation sessions with suitable suppliers during the annual summit.

In addition to the one-to-one meetings, delegates also attend a conference programme given by key industry leaders and experts and network over lunches and dinners with their counterparts and industry colleagues from all over the world. International Railway Summit is co-hosted by International Railway Journal and IRITS Events and will take place on 15-17 February 2017 in Paris, France.

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