Northern France is one of Europe’s leading centres of excellence in rail-transport technology.
At INNOTRANS, the Northern France Village will cover almost 360m2 and will bring together 25 companies from the Nord-Pas de Calais and Picardie regions of Northern France. The diversity of exhibiting companies demonstrates how rich this high-tech cluster is in terms of expertise, with specialists in rolling-stock manufacture, infrastructure equipment, services, operations and maintenance. Each participating company will have a 20- to 30-minute session to unveil its latest products and innovations. The programme for these presentations will be available soon.
In addition to the companies from the region, there will also be an institutional stand grouping representatives of the AIF (French Railway Industries Association), of the i-Trans competitiveness cluster, of the Nord-Pas de Calais and Picardie regions, and of NFX, the investment promotion agency for Northern France, together with its partners, which are the region’s three metropolitan development agencies (APIM–Lille Métropole, ADUS–Maubeuge, and Valenciennes Métropole). These institutional participants will present a number of established sites in the region that are specifically devoted to research and development. This stand will be located in Hall 3.2, Booth 250–4B.
A delegation of elected officials and business leaders from Northern France, led by Daniel Percheron, President of the Regional Council of Nord-Pas de Calais, and Claude Gewerc, President of the Regional Council of Picardie, will be visiting the trade fair on 25 September 2008.
The companies in the Northern France Village will be: Ades (Amesco, Cafac Bajolet , Certifer, Cimes, Decamat +, Delcroix Klege Europ, Delos, Deny Fontaine, Devismes, Duflot Industries, Favi, Getrasur, Heff – Durferrit, IDMS ELNO Group, IGF Industries Arbel Fauvet Rail, Infodio, Inoforges, Neu International Railways, CEF Sogeff, Société Industrielle des Fontes, Sogema, Sopaval, Stratiforme Industries and Techni Metal Systèmes.
About Northern France – European Railway Cluster
The two regions which constitute Northern France (Nord-Pas de Calais and Picardie) rank as leaders in France’s rail-transport industry and technology. The sector represents 10,000 jobs and approximately 300 companies, which are based in the area, as well as innovative projects such as the i-Trans high-technology cluster.
This unique regional expertise lies behind the decision to establish a Northern France stand at INNOTRANS, the world’s leading railway-industry trade fair, which unveils the latest advances in the sector every two years.
Northern France – European Railway Cluster will be taking part in the INNOTRANS trade show, which will be held in Berlin (Germany) from 23 to 26 September 2008 (Hall 3.2, Booth 250).