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21-23 March 2017   |  Lille Grand Palais Exhibition Centre, Lille, France

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The French Rail Market

France’s railway supply industry ranks second in Europe and is the world’s third largest, with an annual turnover of around €4.2 billion. Up to one third of its output is for export. The sector benefits from strong government support via the Comité stratégique de la filière ferroviaire (CS2F), which coordinates policies to optimise its potential. There is a strong focus on innovation, and CS2F also backs initiatives to strengthen the role of SMEs and boost export performance.

Lille – hub of France’s rail supply industry

Lille's Grand Palais Exhibition Centre is the dedicated venue for all recent SIFER events. It is located at the heart of the Nord-Pas de Calais/Picardie region, the leading centre for the rail supply industry in France. Companies based there account for 40% of national railway manufacturing activity. The region is also home to research organisations developing the cutting-edge technologies that will help shape tomorrow’s railways.

France's rail network

  • More than 29,000 route-km, half of which is electrified
  • 1,900 route-km of LGV high-speed lines, with more planned
  • 9 million train services using the SNCF Réseau network each year
  • SNCF fleet includes 470 high-speed trains, 3,000 locomotives, 2,720 DMUs and EMUs, and 4,700 coaches
  • Increasing competition in the railfreight sector
  • Metro systems in six cities, light rail lines operational, expanding or planned in 28 urban areas

A major market

France is one of Europe’s major rail markets. Investment continues in national and urban networks, creating great opportunities for companies providing innovative solutions to performance, economic and safety needs. For companies serving this market, SIFER provides a unique showcase for their capabilities. Well established as the essential industry meeting place, it is France’s only regular exhibition devoted entirely to railway technology, attracting senior managers and engineers with real purchasing and decision-making authority.

Join France's premier rail event! 

Unique of its kind in France,  and dedicated to the international rail industry, it is the showcase event for France’s dynamic railway supply industry, and your gateway to one of Europe’s major markets.

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  • SIFER is a must-attend event in France to showcase the expertise and the latest innovations by Mecateamcluster® members. Manufacturers and buyers also welcome the collective approach of member companies and the collaborative work developed within the Mecateamcluster® in order to meet their expectations.
    David Deslandes
    Commercial Developer, Mecateamcluster
  • Colas Rail participated to SIFER for the first time at the 9th edition, in 2015. We got to meet the major players in the French and European industry. The highly qualified visitors that the exhibition brought to us showed a strong interest in OSCAR, our new headphones communicating system, which was the main attraction on our stand. We were able to highlight our innovations and meet partners, as well as local and international suppliers. SIFER has become an unmissable event in terms of infrastructure and railway innovation.
    Agnès Pioger
    Communications Manager
  • East Japan Railway Company broadly seeks superior technology and goods. We wish to find high-quality and low-cost goods with sufficient after-sales services in a timely manner. This is the reason why we exhibit at SIFER.
    Masaaki Ikeno
    Senior Manager, East Japan Railway
  • The French Railway Industries Association (FIF) considers SIFER as the major international showcase for the French rail industry, with participation by exhibitors from more than 20 countries. The event is a platform for exchanges within the railway sector.
    Jean-Pierre Audoux
    Director General, French Railway Industries Association (FIF)