Railway PRO Technology & Services Forum

Share your projects and best practices at the Railway PRO Technology and Services Forum!

Leaders of the European rail industry together with national rail infrastructure managers and rail transport operators within Central and East European countries gather at Arad, Romania, between 5 and 6 April, 2017 on the occasion of the 12th edition of Railway PRO Technology and Services Forum to demonstrate and discuss about rail projects aiming to shape a better connected and integrated railway transport area in CEE states.

The event will take place on 5 - 6 April 2017 in Arad, Romania

Infrastructure & Signalling

The Infrastructure and signalling focused panels during the Railway PRO Technology & Services Forum helps decision makers to establish the right strategy for the railway market.

Passengers

To tackle the problem caused by the ever-growing cities, companies are looking for safer and faster ways to address mobility demand.

Freight & Logistics

The railway freight transport market is expected to continue to grow, but this requires higher efficiency and railway operators must find ways to reduce costs.

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Dennis Schut to speak on behalf of UIC during the Railway Pro Forum

Dennis Schut to speak on behalf of UIC during the Railway Pro Forum

Mr. Dennis SCHUT M.A. & M.Sc. is the head of the Research & Innovation Unit of the UIC – the International Union of Railways. In January 2007, he was appointed as senior research adviser for the UIC and holds office at UIC Brussels as well as in the UIC headquarters in Paris. Among other tasks he acted as secretary to ERRAC – the European Rail […]

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UIP, represented by Gilles Peterhans, to take the floor during the Freight and Logistics Forum

UIP, represented by Gilles Peterhans, to take the floor during the Freight and Logistics Forum

Founded in 1950, the UIP – International Union of Wagon Keepers, with its seat in Brussels, is the umbrella association of national associations from fourteen European countries, thus representing more than 250 keepers with approximately 180.000 freight wagons, performing 50% of the rail freight tonne-Kilometres throughout Europe. The UIP represents the members’ concerns at international level. By means of research, lobbying and focused cooperation with […]

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Programme

Infrastructure Development

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT FORUM

09:30 – 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee

 

10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: Integration in the Single European Railway Area
(policies & strategies; role of railway companies in establishing the European network)

Moderator:     Ioan Buciuman, Lect.PhD.eng – “1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia
Speakers:
Video Message from Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, General Manager – UIC
Daniel Birsan, President – AIF/ General Manager – Wiebe Romania
Marius Chiper, Director General – CFR SA
Dragoș Floroiu, General Manager – AFER
Vasile Șeclăman, Director of the Railway Supervision Department – Competition Council
Marcel Oțoiu, General Manager – CENAFER

 

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:30 Panel 2: Cross-border interoperability for seamless transport
(ERTMS development – challenges and solutions in CEE; development of intelligent transport systems and traffic management; TEN-T corridors)

Moderator:     Michael Robson, Managing Director – Robson’s International Rail Consultancy
Speakers:
Mihai Frumosu, Transport Specialist PJ – European Investment Bank
Petru Cuvineanu, Technical Manager – CTP Arad
Andreas Schöbel – Vienna University of Technology (TUW)
Marian Coțofană, Traffic Director – CFR SA
Ioana Trif, PhD. Candidate – Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

 

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch

 

15:00 – 16:30 Panel 3: Investments in the development of rail infrastructure across the EU
(public and private investments, EFSI, CEF, Structural Funds, the necessity of developing new financial instruments to accelerate projects; new infrastructure projects – national and cross-border; technologies to improve infrastructure maintenance)

Moderator:     Corneliu Luscalov, Infrastructure Director – AIF/ Senior Technical Executive – Vossloh
Speakers:
Maria Magdalena Grigore, Secretary of State – Romanian Ministry of Transport
Sergiu Rădulescu, Research&Design Manager – voestalpine VAE APCAROM
Claudiu Stoilescu, Marketing Specialist – voestalpine VAE APCAROM
Michael Robson, Managing Director – Robson’s International Rail Consultancy
Jacques Guillemot de Liniers, Managing Director – ISAF
Șerban Iorga, Managing Director S & I – Alstom Romania

20:00 – 23:00 Dinner

 

Passengers Transport

PASSENGERS TRANSPORT FORUM

09:30 – 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee

 

10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: Opportunities and challenges in the liberalisation process
(impact of EU legislation on the operators’ activity in the context of liberalisation; methods to increase rail transport attractiveness; rolling stock investment projects)

Moderator:     Octavian Udriște, Honorary Chairman – Club Feroviar
Speakers:
Video Message from Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, General Manager – UIC
Gabriel Stanciu, Vicepresident – AIF/ General Manager – Alstom Romania
Gheorghe Falcă, Mayor – Arad City Hall
Dragos Titea, Secretary of State – Romanian Ministry of Transport
Marian Păun, President – Romanian Railway Reform Authority
Dins Merirands, State Secretary – Latvian Ministry of Transport
Carmen Filipescu, Chairwoman of the CIV Committee – CIT/ International Affairs Director – Regiotrans
Iosif Szentes, CEO – CFR Călători
László Kormányos, Head of Marketing and Development – MAV START Zrt

 

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

 

12:00 – 13:30 Panel 2: Public rail transport development projects
(development of new air-rail transport connections; new projects to extend metro, tram and LRT networks; improvement of existing infrastructure exploitation and establishment of connections between transport modes)

Moderator:     Carmen Filipescu, Chairwoman of the CIV Committee – CIT/ International Affairs Director – Regiotrans
                         Octavian Udriște, Honorary Chairman – Club Feroviar
Speakers:
Istvan Csuzi, General Manager – OTL
Marin Aldea, GeneralManager – Metrorex
Nicolae Dragu, Business Development Manager – Alstom Romania
Prof. Ph.D.architect Radu Radoslav, Representative of  Romanian Register of  Urban Planners (RUR) for Romanian West Region
Gabriela Mitran, Senior Lecturer PhD eng. – University of Pitești

 

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch

 

15:00 – 16:30 Panel 3: Digitalisation – new transport trend
(ticketing and passenger information systems; data integration technologies; traffic and information management systems and solutions)

Moderator:     Carmen Filipescu, Chairwoman of the CIV Committee – CIT/ International Affairs Director – Regiotrans
Speakers:
Dennis Schut, Research Manager – UIC
Liviu Pecican, Western Market Manager – PESA Bydgoszcz SA
Horațiu Stroescu, Competition Inspector – Railway Competition Council
Vasile Stănescu, Director – ONFR – AFER
Olimpiu Rațiu, Area Manager – GanzAir-Ungaria
Sorin Negrea, Public Transport and Mobility Expert – RATB

 

20:00 – 23:00 Dinner

 

Freight & Logistics

FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS TRANSPORT FORUM

09:30 – 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee

 

10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: China-Europe – new intermodal transport concepts
(development of rail-maritime intermodal transport; rail industry trends and freight transport role; optimisation of performance of multimodal logistics chains; CEE role in ensuring and attracting freight flows)

Moderator:    Gilles Peterhans, Secretary General – UIP
Speakers:
Video Message from Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, General Manager – UIC
Vasile Diaconescu, Rolling Stock Manager – AIF/ Country Division Manager – Siemens
Iustin Cionca, President – Arad County Council
Dennis Schut, Research Manager – UIC
Valentin Dorobanțu, President – Patronal Organisation of Romanian Private Railway Companies
Severin Göbl, Head of International Pricing – Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt.
Vitalie Struna, General Manager – Translogist Intertrans Unigrup

 

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

 

12:00 – 13:30 Panel 2: Digitalisation – solution for making connectivity efficient
(data operation in freight transport; rail-road interconnectivity: challenges and solutions; importance of freight transport system digitalisation in increasing attractiveness; new infrastructure projects, facilities and terminals to meet the demand)

Moderator:    Gabriel Popa, Prof. PhD. Eng. – “Politehnica” University of Bucharest
Speakers:
Amedeo Neculcea, Councellor – GFR
Gilles Peterhans, Secretary General – UIP
Ovidiu Anicăi, Project Manager – ITC
Olimpiu Rațiu, Area Manager – GanzAir-Ungaria
Peter Sorger – Expert Advisor
Ştefan Iovan, IT Consultant – Informatica Feroviară

 

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch

 

15:00 – 16:30 Panel 3: Freight transport competitiveness
(international freight corridors; measures to increase the competitiveness and attractiveness of railways; investments in rolling stock and technologies – more silent cargo trains; single wagon vs block train)

Moderator:    Valentin Dorobanțu, President – Patronal Organisation of Romanian Private Railway Companies
Speakers:
Ralf-Charley Schultze, President – UIRR
Daniel Ciobanu, Traffic and Sales Manager – CFR Marfă
Ion Gavrilă, General Manager – CFR Electrificare
Georgeta Emilia Mocuța, Assoc.Prof.PhD.Eng.  – “POLITEHNICA” University of Timișoara
Dragoș Popescu, Competition Inspector – Railway Competition Council

 

20:00 – 23:00 Dinner

 

Day 2 - Technical Visits

Infrastructure – Arad Rail Station and Arad Control & Command Centre

Passengers Astra Vagoane Calatori

Freight & Logistics Astra Rail Industries and RailPort Arad