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Northern France Rails into INNOTRANS 2012

Over 25 businesses and organisations from the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy regions of France will exhibit on the Northern France Rail pavilion at the INNOTRANS trade show in Berlin (Germany) from 18 to 21 September 2012. The pavilion, which will demonstrate the latest innovations in the regions' rail sector, will cover over 320m² at the rail industry's international event.

As France's largest centre for rail transport and technology, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy regions (in northern France) are home to 40% of France's railway-construction industry, with 13,000 people working in more than 150 companies across the sector. Businesses in these two regions offer the skills and know-how to provide a complete rail system, including infrastructure, rolling stock, control systems, maintenance and services.

At the INNOTRANS trade show in Berlin (Germany) in September of this year, the two French regions will organise the 320m² Northern France Rail pavilion, which will feature a high-tech cluster, the French Rail Industry Association and numerous examples of R&D facilities, among other exhibiting organisations.

Amid the new features to be presented on the pavilion will be the TRANSALLEY Sustainable Transport and Mobility Centre, which combines innovative R&D centres and higher-education organisations, together with businesses. Located next to the University of Valenciennes (in the northern French city), on the Campus for Innovation in Sustainable Transport, the centre's 34 hectares are due to house a hi-tech transport hub and the University's innovation centre. Additionally, the construction of a cluster of low-energy buildings (180,000m²) is also underway.

The RAILENIUM Technological Research Institute will also be showcased at the trade show. The institute, which is the only one of its kind in Europe, is dedicated to railway infrastructure and intends to become the world's leader in rail-related R&D.

RAILENIUM combines exceptional testing resources with an extensive workforce of public- and private-sector researchers at a site that will soon create 300 direct jobs. RAILENIUM aims to assist in the creation of a smarter, more sustainable, more cost-effective and more reliable rail infrastructure. The RAILENIUM initiative is open to European partners and will strengthen the role of northern France in the global rail industry.

Furthermore, another project to be unveiled at the trade show is CADEMCE, which stands for the Dynamic and Environmental Characterisation of Electrical Collection Equipment. Beginning in 2014, the CADEMCE platform will offer rail testing for electric-current collection, which will enhance the quality of electrical power and reduce research costs.

Please see below for a list of the businesses and research institutions on the Northern France Rail pavilion (Hall 3.2, Stand 210 A.G.) at INNOTRANS from 18 to 21 September 2012; further information is available on request.

AIF: French Rail Association

AMESCO: Railway wear-ring producer

BORFLEX: Rubber and polyurethane manufacturer

CERTIFIER: Rail-certification agency

CIMES: Digital-simulation research institute

COLMANT: Technical-fabric specialist

DAVERGNE FONDERIE: Aluminium-bronze foundry

DENY FONTAINE: Specialist in access-control solutions

DEPRECQ: Fine-sheet-metal producer

DEVISMES SAS: Designer and manufacturer of locks

FORGES DE FRESNES: Manufacturer of steel security parts

GALLAND: Catenary-equipment producer

I-TRANS: Cluster of hi-tech excellence for the rail industry

NEU INTERNATIONAL: Provider of rail-maintenance-depot equipment
NORD FRANCE INVEST: Regional-development agency
PINET: Specialist in hinge-and-locking systems
RFF: Company in charge of France's railway infrastructure
SOGEMA: Railway-depot-equipment producer
SOPEMEA: Laboratory for environmental testing
STRATIFORME: Composite-parts manufacturer
STRATIME COMPOSITES SYSTEMES: Producer of composite parts
TECHNI INDUSTRIE: Railway subcontractor
TECHNI METAL ENTREPRISE: Rail and tunnel handling-equipment specialist

TECHNOPOLE VALENCIENNOIS: Sustainable-transport technology cluster

TITAGARH WAGONS AFR: Specialist in freight-car design and construction
VIBRATEC: Vibration and acoustic consultancy firm
About Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy
Representatives of the rail industry from the Picardy and Nord-Pas-de-Calais regions will make up the Northern France Rail pavilion at the INNOTRANS trade show, in Berlin (Germany), from 18 to 21 September 2012. The pavilion will be on Stand 210 A.G. in Hall 3.2.

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