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This year, major railway industry contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, sub-contractors, public transport authorities and operators, institutional players, and researchers will be gathering at the 8th SIFER Exhibition with a common goal: to embrace cooperation as a means of remaining competitive. The French railway industry is universally acknowledged for its technological excellence. Nonetheless, in a world of increasingly intense international competition, embracing new ways of operating will be a decisive factor in maintaining a leading position on the international stage. New forms of collaboration will, without question, be a major driver of competitive advantage, especially in markets which call for long-term commitment, and which require—more so than others—collaborative forms of working.
Accordingly, this year, SIFER—the only international railway exhibition in France that cuts across all segments of the industry—will be hosting its 2013 edition under the banner of cooperation. Without a doubt, in uniting their forces, players across the industry—be they research laboratories or SMEs, equipment manufacturers or key accounts—are effectively enhancing their competitive advantage. Whether through business clusters, novel forms of industry-research cooperation, or new approaches to contractor-supplier relations, many of them have already begun imagining, designing and developing innovative solutions for the transport industry of tomorrow. SIFER 2013 – Supporting clusters and regional-authority involvement to create new synergies that create competitive advantage To maintain their competitive advantage, several railway industry players have already begun to group together in clusters. In pooling their resources in this way, they have been able to develop innovative solutions, reduce costs, and preserve or even boost economic activity within their territories, and in so doing, promote employment. As exhibitors at SIFER 2013, these organisations, grouped together in 5 regional pavilions, will provide a showcase for the opportunities afforded by and the concrete results achieved through these new modes of collaboration.
Here is what Mr. Pascal Pin, Director of Mipyrail Innovation, has to say about their experience: "Since 2010, the MipyRail Innovation cluster has acted as a catalyst, enabling companies based in the Midi-Pyrénées region to establish closer ties with major industry contractors. Several joint undertakings have since been initiated. Clustering companies within the same industry has several advantages. For instance, the various forms of cooperation engendered by the process makes it easier for SMEs to gain access to export markets. Further, the mere fact of "rubbing shoulders" with other companies involved in related businesses enables a more global view of a business' environment, making it easier to anticipate needs. And by pooling resources, greater visibility can be achieved. Our presence at SIFER illustrates this perfectly. At SIFER, we have planned to set up a welcome area where all of our members can meet, exchange ideas, and arrange business appointments.”