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The Railway Innovation Hub Spain

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 29 March, 2017
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Andalucía
Other Label: 
Best business initiative 2018 (Málaga)
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Víctor
Tienda
Cluster Manager
+0034607328728
victor.tienda@railwayinnovationhub.com
Male
Álvaro
Simón
Cluster Manager
+0034951814822
alvaro.simon@railwayinnovationhub.com
Male
Sandra
García
Project Manager
+0034951814822
sandra.garcia@railwayinnovationhub.com
Female
Laura
Calderón
Other
+0034951814822
comunicacion@railwayinnovationhub.com
Female
Juan José
del Moral
Other
+0034951814822
juanjose.delmoral@railwayinnovationhub.com
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Transportation and Logistics
Technology fields: 
Railway Transport
Railway Vehicles
S3 EU priority areas: 
High speed rail-road transportation systems
Rail transport & related services
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Mobility Technologies
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
81
Number of SME members: 
28
Number of larger company members: 
47
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
5
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
1
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Cetemet
Technology center
Eurecat
Technology center
Tecnalia
Technology center
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Abengoa-Inabensa
Larger Company
Azvi
Larger Company
Comsa
Larger Company
Elecnor-Deimos
Larger Company
Ferrovial
Larger Company
Renfe
Larger Company
Siemens Mobility
Larger Company
Telice
SME
Thales
Larger Company
Universidad de Málaga
University
Vias
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Railway Innovation Hub's mission is to impulse railway sector knowledge and technology at international market, through R&D collaborative projects generation, technology and know-how marketing, enterpreneurship promotion, the provision of specialized services and knoledge sharing through networking and workshops.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Details of support services: 

Railway Innovation Hub provides its members several services:

-Technology and know-how commercialization

  • Management of RIH member´s portfolio of technologies.

  • Commercial evaluation of technologies

  • IP strategy and economic valuation of intangibles assets.

  • Marketing and sale of assets in multiple sectors (license, sale, joint venture).

-R&D projects office.

  • Identification of R&D funding calls and preparation of consortium project proposals.

  • Access to privileged financing (local, regional, national and international).

-Enterpreneurship and acceleration.

  • Design entrepreneurship and acceleration programmes to attract talent and innovative companies.

  • Liaising with Universities and research groups worldwide (High Knowledge Center for the sector).

  • Coworking and high performance center for Universities, Companies, SMEs and entrepreneurs, covering the entire value chain of the sector.

-International events.

  • Identification of key international and high quality events and conferences, to promote the participation of associates.

-Promotion services and training.

  • Integrated catalog of metrology, calibration and testing capabilities of all associates.

  • Integrated catalog of specialised technical training courses for public and private entities worldwide.

-Turnkey projects promotion.

  • Delivery of turnkey projects and consulting services projects related to construction, operation and maintenance of railway infrastructures.

-International railway query point.

  • Unified access to public and / or private needs within the railway sector and its value chain.

  • Access to specialised contractors.

  • Access to market intelligence on worldwide needs in the sector.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
France
Germany
Italy
Portugal
United Kingdom
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Smart City Cluster (Europe)
Ontech (Europe)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

A strategic initiative leaded by the Railway Innovation Hub will successfully complete its BIM classification in 2020.

Twenty-four entities and companies are working in this initiative in order to achieve a unified BIM classification for the Spanish railway sector.

“Building Information Modelling” methodology is already being implemented in railway projects, as in many other sectors. This classification originated from the collaboration of a number of companies and entities, adding its specific knowledge and experience in the railway sector.

The workgroup initiated its activities in December 2019, and will successfully complete this classification for the BIM Strategic Line during 4Q 2020. This BIM classification will achieve railway actives standardization along its life-cycle, applying it in an innovative way in the railway projects development in Spain.

The collaboration results will be public domain, as a RIH and the creators’ contribution, aimed to boost railway innovation sector.

Companies participating in the initiative, besides coordinators INECO and GRANT THORNTON, are: ABENGOA-INABENSA, ACTISA, AKKA, APOGEA, AYESA, AZVI, BELGORAIL, CEMOSA, COMSA, DASSAULT SYSTÈMES, ENYSE, FCC CONSTRUCCIÓN, FERROVIAL, INGENIERÍA IN SITU, SDEA SOLUTIONS, SENER, SIEMENS and SISTEM, the Technology Centres TECNALIA and CETEMET, as well as the COLEGIO DE INGENIEROS DE CAMINOS, CANALES Y PUERTOS DE MADRID. In addition, they’ve counted with the collaboration of a number of Interested Agents, as infrastructure administrators and operators.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Railway Innovation Hub aim is to lead the railway innovation framework, as we are set to be the benchmark railway cluster in Spain. The following activities and services are offered for our members:

-Workgroups between members (BIM and Hyperloop standardization).

-Collaborative projects.

-Technology challenges resolution.

-Public procurement of innovative technology.

-International events, disseminating and promotion railway innovation.

-Solutions portfolio.

-Incentives and public aids.

-RIH Meeting Point (fortnightly webinars and networking between members).