A number of Mat4Rail partners traveled to Paris, France in March 2019 to participate at the JEC World 2019 which was held 12th – 14th March 2019.
The JEC World is known to be the leading international show on composites featuring ground-breaking research and solutions and unique manufacturing and business opportunities. In total, the event attracted over 43,300 visitors and members from CIDETEC, COEXPAIR, AIMPLAS and HUNTSMAN were also part of this 3-day event.
Our partners used this platform to facilitate networking with targeted audiences in the field of composites and to present the new Mat4Rail brochure for the first time. Over 1,300 exhibitors presented their innovative solutions to a large audience. One of these was our partner COEXPAIR, a highly innovative SME from the aeronautics sector.
For Mat4Rail, they use their expertise in composites to make their know-how of innovative processes, the development of out-of-autoclave technologies, their tooling and peripheral equipment available. During the JEC World, COEXPAIR was on site to present themselves but also their contributions to Mat4Rail where they lead WP5 on access door systems.
The Mat4Rail and PIVOT projects take their first steps towards standardisation of composites and dissimilar joints for use in Carbody
In particular, PIVOT's project was represented by the work package leaders Eduardo de la Guerra from Talgo, Carlos Eraso from Aernnova, and Thierry Mointagné from Faiveley/Wabtec. Mat4Rail was represented by the project coordinator, Elena Jubete from CIDETEC, Markus Brede from the University of Bremen, Roland from IMADresden and Johan Sandström, from RISE. As for external consultants, both projects counted on the feedback of Geoff Matter-Chairman of the CEN TC 256 SC 2 Rolling Stock products, as well as Andreas Gross-from Fraunhofer IFAM responsible for the working Group 52 "Adhesive bonding in Railway" in the TC256.
From the 27th – 28th February 2019 representatives of the 16 Mat4Rail partners traveled to Basel, Switzerland for the 4th General Assembly. The meeting was hosted by our partner HUNTSMAN and offered the opportunity to further discuss project results and make decisions on how these should be best implemented. The work streams for materials and for interior design also held smaller meeting to discus their advancements and results in their fields which supports the outcomes and effectiveness of the project as a whole. We look forward to what the last six months of the project will bring.
With 18 topics of which 6 are open to S2R Members (CFM) and 12 to non-JU Members (OC), this Call is expected to raise high interest in the transport communityand beyond.
Carlo M Borghini, Executive Director of the Shift2Rail JU, expressed his high expectations for the new 2019 projects: “After having presented some of our first results last year at InnoTrans, the programme is now in the final stages of bringing demonstrations closer to the market. I am also looking forward to the submission of high quality proposals introducing innovative solutions to reshape the railway system in Europe,in order to bring more capacity, attractiveness and punctuality to this sustainable transport mode”. The indicative H2020 co-funding made available by the S2R JU for this Call is €76,9 million, out of an estimated projects’ value of around €150,3 million. The S2R JU is looking forward to a broader participation to the 2019 Call, both geographically and in terms of synergies, allowing for new S2R activities that will demonstrate to the sector at large the potential for innovation to deliver a bright future for railway.
The full details of the Call for Proposals 2019 are available here: https://shift2rail.org/participate/call-for-proposals/ongoing/
About the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU)
Shift2Rail is the first European rail public private partnership tasked with developing strategically focused research and innovation (R&I) and market-driven solutions, integrating these to create the railway systems of the future. With a total value of €920 million for the period 2014-2020, funded through the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, Shift2Rail is promoting the competitiveness of the European rail industry, ensuring the attractiveness of rail as a safe and sustainable low carbon transport mode. This way, Shift2Rail aims to meet the changing transport/mobility needs of EU citizens and the economy.
Text from the Shift2Rail Press Release, Brussels, 15 January 2019
The event will be a meeting point for companies and research organisations that meet Horizon 2020 eligibility criteria and wish to carry out collaborative R&I projects in the area of railway mobility, in collaboration with ongoing and future projects of Shift2Rail Members.
There will be a special opportunity for SMEs to network and brainstorm on projects they could create together to improve the rail system of the future.
The Joint Undertaking expects to build on last edition’s success, in which more than 250 rail stakeholders participated.
More information is available on the Shift2Rail Website: https://shift2rail.org/news/shift2rails-2019-information-day-open-call-for-proposals-dates-to-be-confirmed-soon/
Are you interested in finding out what the Mat4Rail partners are working on and what our first results are? Our 2nd Mat4Rail newsletter has been sent out and is now available on the Mat4Rail website.
This newsletter covers the following topics which may be of interest to you:
We look forward to these collaborative meetings which give us a detailed insight into all the partners work and outcomes and offer an active platform for discussions and decision making.
Mat4Rail participates in the Midterm event of the PIVOT project with contributions in 3 oral presentations and 3 posters
On October 18, the Midterm event of the PIVOT project, Performance Improvement for Vehicles On Track, was held at the Maison des Associations Internationales in Brussels. This event was organised by PIVOT in intense collaboration with the complementary projects (open calls) Mat4Rail, Run2Rail and Fair stations, to disseminate their results to date. All these projects are funded by the European platform Shift2Rail, within Horizon 2020 .