COMPETITIVE

The railway industry, one of the three major transportation industries in Europe next to air and road, is under pressure. Shorter innovation cycles in the other transportation industries is causing railway to lose its competitiveness. European rail operators and manufacturers are forced to innovate to compete with new competitors such as long-distance busses, electric cars or Asian rolling stock companies. In order to let European rail survive in intermodal competition, it is crucial to have clear priorities, improved efficiency, most reliable systems and the favor of the customer.

The participants of the RAILWAY FORUM Berlin will discuss the measures that need to be taken to maintain the railway industries' competitiveness, and the role of the various actors of the value system to achieve it.


International

Once with sole national focus, the railway industry globalizes continuously. Politically ambitioned market openings, growing international trade (globalization) as well as economic developments in other parts of the world force European rail producers to act. New players, especially from Asia, access the European market with end products (e.g. trains & rail cars) and spare parts (e.g. wheel sets), effectively globalizing railway supply chains. The results of these developments: existing European supplier relationships are questioned and realigned, new innovative solutions from other markets are employed (Reverse Innovation) and the industries’ pace of innovation accelerates.

The participants of the RAILWAY FORUM Berlin will discuss the structure of tomorrows’ globalized rail industry, the associated advantages and disadvantages, and the emerging opportunities and risks.


Digital

Digital transformation is a heavily discussed topic across all industries. In a system such as rail relying on optimal interaction of infrastructure and rolling stock with the least possible disturbance, digitization bears enormous potentials. How do operators and customers benefit from connected trains? Which digitization steps are useful and add value, which are just a gimmick? What role does the digitization of the rail infrastructure play en route to a more efficient rail system?

The participants of the RAILWAY FORUM Berlin will discuss these questions from different perspectives, considering the conditions required for digitization and define the measures that need to be taken in the industry.


Automated

Industrial automation has developed to one of the main innovation drivers of industrialized countries, in recent years. In combination with rapid advances in information and communication technology, completely new applications and potentials for automation occur. Many partly disruptive innovations such as autonomous drones in logistics, or self-propelled taxis come within reach. Automation won’t stop at the rail industry. So the question is, what is required to exploit the full potential of automation in the railway industry.

The participants of the RAILWAY FORUM Berlin will discuss the potential of automation for the railway industry and how it can be exploited.