EXPO Ferroviaria 2023, the 11th edition of Italy’s showcase for railway technology, products and systems will take place from 3 – 5 October 2023 at Fiera Milano Rho, Milan, Italy.
EXPO Ferroviaria covers all aspects of railway technology. It provides a showcase for manufacturers in the major fields of rolling stock technology, track and infrastructure and signalling and communications, and also serves as a shop window for suppliers of the many other specialised products essential to the efficient and safe operation of railway and public transport systems. Among these are vehicle maintenance equipment, fare collection systems, rolling stock leasing, electronics for rail applications and cable technology.
The representation of Czech companies is organized under the official participation of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) and the Association of Railway Industry Companies (ACRI). 14 Czech companies will present themselves at the joint stand and another 5 at individual stands.
“EXPO FERROVIARIA is of fundamental importance for the Czech railway industry. ACRI members attended this traditional trade fair in large numbers this year. The fair offers them a great opportunity to present themselves on the Italian market,” says Marie Vopálenská, ACRI’s CEO, adding: “It is a unique opportunity to develop business contacts, which brings major business successes, namely, the supply of rolling stock, IT systems, wheelsets or the testing of Italian products by Czech research institutes and laboratories.
Czech footprint in Italy
ŠKODA GROUP – The biggest Czech manufacturer has a lot to offer Italy
Leading European manufacturer of public transport vehicles, Škoda Group, is present on the Italian market. In October 2022, the group opened its sales office in Florence and has already won two contracts this year. The first of these concerns the production of 10 trams for the new tram line in Bergamo. These trams will be equipped with the group’s latest digital solution – the anti-collision system. This will significantly increase operational safety and reduce the cost of repairing vehicles after accidents.
The second order is for the production of coaches for the night lines operated by Trenitalia, which was won by Škoda in consortium with the Italian manufacturer Titagarh Firema. The contract involves the production of up to 370 vehicles for the Milan – Palermo – Syracuse route, with a total value exceeding EUR 730 million.
However, the group has much more to offer Italy than just rolling stock such as trains, trams and metros. Škoda Group has specialised in the production of trolleybuses for more than 88 years. In that time it has produced more than 15,000 units in lengths ranging from 12 to 24 metres. Currently, it is also involved in the development of digital technologies that help operators reduce the costs of maintenance and operation of various types of vehicles.
„Italy has long been identified as a market with growth potential for BONATRANS. We have in our sights both primary car manufacturers (Hitachi, Titagarh) and operators or repairers of rolling stock (Trenitalia, Mercitalia, Trenord, Alstom and many others). Over the last three years we have already achieved a market share of around one-fifth and we are targeting a third in the coming years.“ – Jakub Weimann, General Director.
„We are proud to participate at EXPO Ferroviara, which is growing in importance in Europe, and we are pleased to be exhibiting under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and ACRI. We are glad to offer the FLEXIO seat with an innovative design, adapted to the requirements of the end customer on the Italian market.“ – Tomas Boruta, Sales Director.
VUKV carries out the applied research in the areas of strength, braking, running comfort, test methods and processes. In the area of development the scope of employment the project and design works of all kinds of rail vehicles, bogies and vehicle parts for renowned European and worldwide producers. The calculation analyses are self-evident. The testing laboratory is accredited to carry out the type tests of rail vehicles and containers except of electric ones in terms of Technical specifications for interoperability (TSI), European standards (EN) and UIC leaflets. The active cooperation with national safety bodies, legal persons, operators and infrastructure managers is provided in terms of consultancy activities.
TTC CONTROLS / UniControls
TTC CONTROLS specialises in the development, manufacture and installation of control systems and electronic equipment for rail vehicles and industry. It specializes mainly in applications requiring high reliability in demanding working environments. In 2020, it acquired the UniControls brand, thereby strengthening its position as a supplier of technology to the rail industry. In addition to the Czech Republic, the UniControls brand is represented in a number of European and Asian markets. TTC CONTROLS continues to expand its product portfolio and is able to offer a wide range of control systems and electronic equipment in the field of transport technology. Emphasis is placed not only on high reliability and long-term availability of products, but also on an innovative approach and compliance with standards.