MAFEX

Spain: Basque Country
Pedro Fortea

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About us

MAFEX is a non-profit organization.  Our main mission is to serve the Basque and Spanish Railway Sector by assisting its companies in their internationalization processes, as well as by defending the general interests of their associated companies in order to achieve, in cooperation, the highest level of competitiveness possible.

The mission has been defined to achieve 4 main challenges:

1. Improve the internationalization of its associated entities: Provide support as well as promote the internationalization of associated companies.

2. Intensify the representation of the Railway Sector as well as the participation of its associated entities: Intensify representation work, increase visibility and improve the image of the Basque and Spanish railway sector, the cluster and its associated entities, especially at international level, as well as encourage the participation of associated entities, disseminating relevant activities and news in relation to the sector

3. Improve the competitiveness of its associated entities: Associated entities must focus on technological and non-technological innovation to be competitive in other countries. MAFEX acts as a link, facing the challenges and needs of the sector from a more robust environment, relying on teamwork and cooperation between enterprises

4. Provide the cluster with a strategy to ensure its operational and financial viability: Give the Association a strategy to ensure the financial and operational viability structure and ensuring economic, human and technical resources needed to meet all the objectives resources, providing maximum value to its members.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 81
    Cluster Members
  • 49
    SME's
  • 8
    Large Companies
  • 1
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 0
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Management team

PEDRO FORTEA
Cluster Manager
PATRICIA LASHERAS
Internationalisation Responsible
AINARA GONZALEZ
Internationalisation Responsible
FERNANDO PRIETO
Internationalisation Responsible
GARAZI CARRANZA
ECCP Responsible Person
TETIANA AKIMOVA
Project Manager
MARTA GARCIA
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Further information

In order to improve the competitiveness through cooperation, the Cluster’s main activities are organized around the following services:

1. Internationalization:

  • Selection of priority markets (map opportunities and map export), increasing the objectivity of the same through the participation of a greater number of partners.
  • Definition of different categories of maps (short and long term, by value chain, enterprise dimension, projects)
  • Facilitate access for key contacts in international markets

2. Networking:

  • Encourage participation and networking among partners, disseminating relevant activities and news related to MAFEX.
  • Collaborate with Associations, Clusters or Organizations with similar objectives inside and outside the railway sector.
  • Disseminate in the sector the activities of MAFEX at national and international level.

3. Innovation and competitiveness:

Promote the competitive improvement of the associated entities through the Working Groups promotion, mainly in the matter of:

    1. Sustainability

    2. Digitization and Industry 4.0

    3. Open Innovation

    4. Normative

    5. Technological Supervision

    6. SMEs

4. Communication and dissemination plan:

  • Regular actions: website maintenance, promotional support and annual report, monthly and weekly newsletters and a corporative magazine every three month in collaboration with all the associated entities,
  • Dissemination of the Competitive Intelligence System Platform
  • Press releases, market analysis reports, media appearance, among others,
  • Signature of MoU with relevant fair trade and events.
  • Organization of events, workshops and seminars with different experts promoting collaboration between associated entities. 
  • Institutional communication: Dialogue with public Administration and other institutions to defend the Basque and Spanish railway sector. 
  • Identification of opportunities, collaborating with SMEs and Start-ups and promoting the networking between SMES, Universities and technology centres

All of these activities were based on a common principle: the culture of cooperation.

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME

Name & description

H2020, COSME

Project name

Railactivation: H2020 ( Coordinator)

EXXTRA - COSME ( Partner ) 

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Argentina
Egypt
Panama
Peru
Philippines

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

France
Germany
Italy
Sweden

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

MAFEX is the association that represents the Basque and Spanish railway industry, combining over 72 companies that account for around 79% of all Spanish railway exports.  The cluster has promoted contact with and knowledge of the current situation and requirements in terms of railways of more than 88 countries over five continents through the 100-plus foreign promotion activities with the participation of over 1000 companies, providing international companies and institutions with better, more in depth knowledge of the Basque and Spanish railway industry that is, without a doubt, one of the most advanced and highly developed in our country and a benchmark in its sector worldwide.

MAFEX strongly supports more general aspects such as the image of Basque country and Spain abroad and the growth of its export base.

Mafex members include medium and small enterprises, as well as large companies spread over different sub-sectors of activities forming the value chain of the railway sector. These companies offer innovative, state of art products and solutions that are developed and implemented not only in our country but also in more than 95 countries where they have proven their efficiency and reliability, provisioning the Basque and Spanish railway sector as a world leader and benchmark.

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 19.06.2020
RAILACTIVATION OPEN CALL FOR SMES
News Published: 05.12.2019
Rail Activation We are looking at existing tools for identification and exchange of the best practices
News Achievements Published: 23.10.2018
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