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Spanish rail industry: Key high technology for Marca España
The Spanish Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna, and the High Commissioner of the Government of Spain for Marca España, Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, both attended the event, ‘Spanish companies, world leaders in state-of-the-art railways’. At the event, held at the Railway Museum, they introduced a new Marca España promotional video on the strength of Spanish rail industry and a new brochure on the most relevant international rail projects where Spanish companies are partners.
The event gathered executives from leading companies in the rail industry and relevant institutions, representatives of international investment funds, and ambassadors and diplomats from the countries where infrastructure projects are being developed by Spanish firms.
The brochure highlights our country’s global leadership in designing trains, development rail infrastructure, signalling railways, managing rail traffic effectively and safely, supplying rolling stock, and operating or maintaining rail lines. It also stresses the value of our highly qualified, very cohesive and competitive industrial fabric, with players all along the value chain in the rail industry, from planning to operation. Building consortiums, Spanish firms make one of the most powerful clusters in the global rail industry, adding value and creating wealth in this high-tech sector.
Our country is a leading partner in some of the world’s most prominent rail projects, being present in more than 90 countries. High-speed rails, undergrounds and trams in all five continents are living proof of the strength of the Spanish rail industry, offering innovative, eco-friendly and highly innovative solutions, developed on the basis of long experience.
According to the High Commissioner for Marca España, Spain has some of the most powerful trains and the largest high-speed rail network on Earth. ‘We are present in the leading international markets thanks to our experience, our know-how and the innovative solutions we can offer. This is the nation brand we can all feel proud of. This is the Marca España we are building together,’ he said.
The Minister of Development insisted on the quality of Spanish rail infrastructure, which stands among the world’s top 15 according to some reports.
De la Serna pointed out that ten Spain-based large corporations were among the world’s top 100 contractors. Likewise, six out of the leading 15 infrastructure management companies are Spanish, while almost 40% of the most relevant rail transport concessions are in the hands of Spanish firms.
Finally, he said that in 2016, Spanish companies entered tenders worth more than 47,000 million euro, 8700 million euro corresponding to the rail sector.