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Meet the Rail Experts: Austria and South Africa

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As part of our extremely popular series of business development visits, we are pleased to announce that two of our overseas trade experts will be attending RVE 2017 - the only single theme event aimed at the engineering of rail vehicles for refurbishment, maintenance and enhancements.

Carina Gastelsberger, Rail Lead & Trade Advisor for DIT Austria, and Raksha Maharaj, Rail Lead & Trade Development Manager for DIT South Africa, would be delighted to discuss the business opportunities in the rail sector that currently exist in their respective countries and to answer any questions you may have with regards to topics such as market access and business climate.

About the Austrian rail market:

• Austria has a well-established public transport network. The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), is the country’s largest mobility services provider handling 1.3 million passenger journeys and 6,300 trains per day. Other mobility service provider in market are the Wiener Linien managing the biggest transport network in Austria with a total of 2.6 million passengers daily.

• There are five underground lines, with the U1 currently being extended to the south of Vienna and an additional underground line being planned (U5) linking the southern parts of the city with the north-western parts as of 2023, operated by fully automated trains.

• The vehicle fleet of the Wiener Linien comprises 450 buses, 500 trams and 150 underground trains. Both the city of Vienna and the government of Austria are showing strong commitment to public transport in order to decrease CHG emissions. (With regard to vehicle manufacturing, both Siemens Mobility and Bombardier have manufacturing facilities in Vienna for lightweight and underground trains.)

About the Southern African rail market:

• Infrastructure development in sub-Saharan Africa is on a major growth curve, estimated to increase from current spending levels of £56 billion per year to approximately £144 billion per year by 2025, growing at a rate of 10% per year.

• South Africa and Nigeria are expected to be the leaders in terms of funding allocated to major infrastructure development projects, though other countries are also poised for robust growth. The pan-African approach adopted by DIT will be key to accessing major opportunities, which are likely to be regional in nature and will attract companies that can offer a comprehensive suite of solutions (consortia approach) and work across regional boundaries.

• The transportation and wider infrastructure sector becomes more important in terms of developing trade. Rail transport in particular, as a result of its energy efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and lower cost per tonne kilometre, is expected to play an increasingly important role in freight rail, as well as in mass transit systems. However, the poor condition of infrastructure and rolling stock, as well as a supporting institutional framework in many countries has meant that rail transport market share is very low.

• As African countries increasingly note the long-term benefits of rail, many opportunities emerge both in terms of financing, institutional support, technology, project work, maintenance and general supply chain opportunities.

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Register your interest in arranging a free 20 minute 1-2-1 meeting today. Appointments will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will be notified of the time of their appointment on Monday, 25th September.

Please note that our business development meetings have proven to be hugely popular and that places are extremely limited.

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