- Traction drives
- Auxiliary converters
- AC & DC power supply systems
Last Wednesday, 15 March 2017, the European Rolling Stock Forum was held – East-Central Europe’s largest and most prestigious conference dedicated to the rolling stock manufacture and modernisation market. One of the leading topics of this year’s edition of the event was innovation.
Every year, the European Rolling Stock Forum attracts all the most important railway market participants – manufacturers, carriers, consulting and research companies, financial institutions, and scientific circles. It not only involves a number of debates and discussion panels, but above all, it is a cyclical meeting platform and a place for unofficial talks and exchange of observations and opinions on the processes taking place in the sector.
How to implement innovations in rolling stock?
MEDCOM was a partner of a debate entitled “How to implement innovations in rolling stock”, during which the participants talked about the role of development programmes in the railway sector, including the Innotabor programme, the challenges that the railway sector faces, and the potential of Polish companies delivering solutions for the railway industry.
As emphasised by Paweł Choduń, Chief Financial Officer at MEDCOM, introducing dedicated programmes for specific sectors, of which Innotabor is an example, is a step in the right direction, as this type of format favours competitiveness and makes it possible to award projects which have the highest potential and are the most promising from the point of view of the Polish economy. Thanks to this, we can support the development of the best Polish companies and invest in projects which guarantee commercial success.
“We need to remember that the coming years will require Polish manufacturers of vehicles and companies operating in the railway sector to open up to foreign markets in a much broader scope. If we want to be competitive, we also need to invest in innovations and offer unique solutions. In this context, the budget perspective currently implemented by the European Union is very significant to the domestic enterprises. We should do our best to ensure that Polish companies are prepared to also compete in the international market after its implementation is completed,” said Paweł Choduń, MEDCOM.
The debate dedicated to innovation was also attended by: Jakub Murawski (National Centre for Research and Development ), dr inż. Bartosz Firlik (Poznań University of Technology), Paweł Choduń (MEDCOM), Kazimierz Anhalt (Gateopen Innovation Management, Novismo Partner, member of the Industrial Transformation Unit at the Ministry of Economic Development), and Jakub Madrjas (Rynek-Kolejowy.pl).
All the participants agreed that close cooperation between businesses and the scientific circles is a sine qua non for the development of an innovative and knowledge-based economy, and in the case of the railway sector, both Polish companies and higher education institutions are ready for such cooperation.