SIFER 2019

26 - 28 March 2019   |  Lille Grand Palais Exhibition Centre, Lille, France


The One-stop Event for Rail Professionals


Key organisations came together at SIFER to share expertise and discuss the latest developments affecting the rail market. In collaboration with Show Partners that include leading organisations shaping the industry, the event featured a diverse supporting programme to provide valuable insights into future trends in policy and technology. Associated events in 2019 featured:

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Round Tables:

13:30- 15:00: "On the road to innovation: what EU support for the rail industry?" - FORUM 1

UnifeJoin discussions at the UNIFE (European Rail Industry association) round table, bringing together representatives of the European rail industry and European institutions.


15:00-16:00: "Railways in the digital age" - FORUM 2

btpBIM Infra, structured data, digital continuity, loT, connected sensors..., the potential of digital is increasingly attracting attention from the economic sectors, and more particularly from the rail sector. At SIFER 2019, BTP Rail will host a round table on this digital transformation, set to revolutionise all trades.



Seminars and Presentations:

13:30 - 14:30: "Big data, the new value enabler to ensure maintenance transformation of SNCF Réseau"  - FORUM 2

CGSpeakers: Benoît Jaspart, SNCF - Director of the Surveillance & Supervision Programme; Cyril Degas, Project Manager for Supervision NG (New Generation) & Surveillance (SNCF Réseau); Hugues Gigleux, Head of Data Science Group (SNCF Réseau).  



15:30 - 16:30: "How do new Big Data methodologies impact studies and consulting in Mobility? -  FORUM 1

Kisio"Before Maas (Mobility Data Analysis As a Service". PTA still don’t have mobility data they need to really understand mobility behavior : where do people come from, where do they go, which mode(s) of transport do they use ? Mobility data has to be CAMU (Cheap, Anonymised, Massive, Updated). Smartphones GPS data are a game changer...

16:00 - 16:30: "Presentation of the Infrasolutions offer: equipment and logistics for your railway worksites" -  FORUM 2

sncfINFRASOLUTIONS offers bespoke logistics solutions in France and abroad:
- Sale of railway infrastructure materials
- A personalized follow-up of the projects


16:30 - 17:00: "Presentation of the Altamétris offer: the challenge of collecting and processing the data"  - FORUM 2

sncfALTAMETRIS is a subsidiary of SNCF Réseau dedicated to data recovery services collected by drone, robot or helicopter. Its mission: to provide state diagnostics and geographic data records without degradation of the production capacity. The company offers its services to all actors, start-ups, manufacturers and public authorities.

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Export Day Workshops and Meetings:

10:00 - 17:00: Business France is organising an "Export Day" - Room Liège 2 

BFPrepare your strategy and learn about the potential rail markets in Europe, Africa, Asia and Americas by attending individual meetings with Business France's rail experts based in those regions. Two workshops taking place on FORUM 1 will be devoted to the Czech Republic market (at 11:00) and to projects in South East Asia (at 10:30).


09:30 - 12:30: "Critical construction sites for the railway industry" - Rotterdam Room

fifThe French Railway Industry Association (FIF) is organising a symposium on the issues and impacts of ongoing rail reforms within the industrial rail sector. Discussions will focus on analysing the main players in the industry and on industry proposals to strengthen and boost the rail mode. 


14:30 - 16:00: "Brussels vetoes the Alstom-Siemens merger. What next?" - FORUM 1

vrtSince 2011, Ville, Rail & Transports, partner of SIFER, organises conferences on current topics during the exhibition. For this eighth edition, the sector's leading magazine invites visitors and exhibitors to a discussion about the European Railway Industry. 



European B2B Meetings Railway Sector:

10:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 17:00: Rail Industry Brokerage Event - Turin Room

iteenOne-to-one meetings between companies and laboratories, to bring together clients/partners. Relevant topics: rolling stock, infrastructure, passenger transport technology, rail vehicle interiors, ICT for passengers, energy efficiency...


Innovation Awards & Networking Reception:

From 17:00: SIFER Networking Reception 

iterciFeaturing the ERCI Innovation Awards for France, presented by ERCI and i-Trans. Rewarding the most innovative SIFER exhibitor and visitor, who have been selected to enter the competition at European level within the ERCI network!

Seminars & Presentations:

10:30 - 11:30: Maintenance of linear assets: the CMMS, a strategic tool for the performance of SFERIS - FORUM2

csIn 2017, SFERIS, a specialist in rail infrastructure and their maintenance operations, chose CARL Source CMMS to structure its activity and multi-site organization. Two years later, SFERIS and RDT13, its maintenance partner for the South East port infrastructure management market, are taking stock of their project...

11:30 - 12:30: “Predictive maintenance of rail infrastructures: the key factors for a successful project" - FORUM 1 NFC-I

Today, predictive maintenance has become a highly strategic issue in the rail industry.  In regards of the major market players’ needs, the implementation of a digital solution that can collect, secure, transport and analyze data retrieved during maintenance operations on sites is crucial...

11:30 - 12:30: STRAILway - sleepers for the future  - FORUM 2

strailInnovative technology, approved and already used by several railway and urban networks, made from recycled polyolefin reinforced with fiber, used on bridge structure, as a bearer for switch or  on plain line track, very good mechanical resistance , lifetime over 50 years. EcoTechnologies.

12:30-13:30: Set the course for better corrosion protection - FORUM 1

DoerkenThe innovative corrosion protection solutions from Dörken MKS reduce damage and increase the durability of all track elements. Especially in the area of tension clamps and fasteners, our high-performance zinc flake coating ensures a longer service life...

12:30 - 13:30: New safety critical systems - FORUM 2 

clearsyCLEARSY designs safety critical systems, and a lot of new products will be presented. CLEARSY SAFETY PLATFORM : SIL4 hardware and software platform, CLEARSY DATA SOLVER : critical data formal validation toolkit, CLEARSY FIRE SAFETY SYSTEMS SUPERVISION: supervision tool of fire safety systems and the full range of SIL4 RS4 relays. 

13:30 - 14:00: Innovative connectivity solutions for a changing railway market - FORUM  2

HartingPresentations of HARTING innovations in standard and customised connection solutions oriented to 3 trends in the Railway Industry ...



14:00 - 14:30: COTS for rail safety: the pragmatic approach - FORUM 2

HimaSince decades and in every major domain of the industry, COTS (Commercial Of The Shelf) is the solution to optimise applications in respect of cost, safety, reliability and maintenance efficiency. Why not taking this opportunity to apply this pragmatic philosophy to railway’s safety world? Speaker: Guillaume Grasset, Railway Business Development Manager.

14:30 - 15:30: ​​​​An introduction to Pantobot 3D, a first in wayside pantograph monitoring - FORUM 2

camlinCamlin is delighted to share our experience and technology in Pantobot 3D, a first in wayside pantograph monitoring, which adopts the use of machine vision and smart analytics. Pantobot 3D is installed at Heathrow Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports, connecting Heathrow to London City. Speaker: Antoine Pommet.

15:30 - 16:30: Stabilized fontis under railway for SNCF - FORUM 2


  • Two fontis occurred in 2013 and 2018 on the line n ° 660.000 at 2.5 km from the station of Bayonne.
  • Their origin comes from internal water circulation from the surface to the water table...


16:00 - 17:00: "The autonomous train: scientific and technological challenges" - FORUM 1

i-transRaileniumWithin the Railenium Research Institute, the Autonomous Train Program aims at supporting railway stakeholders in this disruptive evolution of rail transport. In close collaboration with SNCF...


Thursday 28 March 2019

European B2B Meetings Railway Sector:

10:00-13:00: Rail Industry Brokerage Event - Turin Room

iteenOne-to-one meetings between companies and laboratories, to bring together clients/partners. Relevant topics: rolling stock, infrastructure, passenger transport technology, rail vehicle interiors...

Seminars & Presentations:

10:30-11:00: Additive Manufacturing Solutions for Railway Sector - FORUM 1

sAdditive Manufacturing offers many advantages for maintenance, repair and overhaul for the rail industry such as the rapid and direct manufacture of components from a digital part library at the point of need. With the highest level of repeatability in the industry and advanced...


10:30- 11:30: Virtual Reality at the service of the verification and the validation of systems - FORUM 2

capSpeaker: Jordan HOAREAU  - AR/VR Engineering & Manufacturing Services - Capgemini




11:30 - 12:30: Avoid unplanned power outages thanks to the monitored diagnosis of cable aging - FORUM 1

BaurMonitored diagnostic methods to replace destructive testing of power grids to prevent power outages and their terrible impact on train traffic. Simple and fast combination of Tan Delta and Partial Discharges  Diagnostics to estimate the aging or premature aging of cables and to know precisely their actual state.

12:30-13:00: Météorage and the lightning risk prevention - FORUM 1

MeteorageMétéorage provides to network managers decision-making tools in the event of a storm, enabling optimization of operations, monitoring and maintenance of the rail network and associated infrastructure. Speakers: Florence Soubielle, Head of European Sales & Carine Escarain, Sales Manager Southern Europe.

13:00-13:30: Météo-France serving railway companies - FORUM 1

mfFor railway companies, the anticipation of meteorological events is a crucial issue of user safety, optimization of the means to engage and regulation of the traffic. Météo-France delivers specific services to help operators to trigger their  own procedures according to the meteorological risks. 


13:30-14:30: "The implementation of innovative levers based on the notion of extended enterprise" - FORUM 2

sncfDeveloping new purchasing practices by leveraging internal and external skills: this is the approach taken by SNCF Réseau's Purchasing Department. Five areas are the subject of this approach: Supplier Lean, Cost Structure and Value Analysis, Innovation, Contract Engineering, Supplier Relations. Focus on projects launched.

14:00-15:00: Developing a new economic corridor with European added value - FORUM 1

rbRail Baltica is one of Europe’s leading infrastructure programmes: a completely new 870km corridor integrating the Baltic states with the European railway ecosystem. Currently in its design phase, this European added value project provides exciting opportunities for the international supplier community and future passenger and freight service providers. 

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Opening Days and Times

  • Tuesday 26 March 2019            10:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesday 27 March 2019      10:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday 28 March 2019          10:00 - 16:00


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