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.
The French Rail Market
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.