International Railway Summit 2015
an and event
an and event
18-20 February 2015, Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona
'IRITS 2013 introduced a very unique, interesting and useful model for getting parties together with shared interests in very specific topics, like railway infrastructure. The intimate nature of the event and the scheduled one-on-one networking sessions made the overall experience very structured and worthwhile.'
Brooks Bentz, Managing Director, Accenture
'The perfect platform to meet the "railway family". Well-organized conference sessions and meetings, and the attractive supporting programme, offer easy access to constructive dialogues. We are looking forward to the next IRITS in 2015.'
Elke Frommann, Head of Sales Rail Systems, PSI Transcom
'IRITS 2013 was a really interesting summit. We met some of our key clients in a friendly, handy and productive atmosphere. Everyone was in an open and cooperative attitude.'
Vanessa Gutiérrez Artés, Civil Technical Engineer, FCC Construcción
'IRITS is a very useful opportunity to refresh your mind in respect to railways innovations.'
Prof. Stefan Karch, Head of Technology and Innovation
Swiss Federal Railways
'The IRITS Summit was an excellent networking event offering both the possibility to get up-to-date information on major trends in the railway industry through high level keynote speeches and to meet potential new business partners in individual sessions. Very well organized, excellent new contacts, highly recommendable!'
Peter Krall, Business Development, Berner & Mattner
'It was a very interesting event with top management participants from the rolling stock business all around the world.'
Björn Möhle, Team Leader Sales, Rail Systems, FOGTEC Brandschutz
'IRITS was a very beneficial event for JR East as we met with many new suppliers and exchanged ideas with them about the products and services they provide.'
Ichiro Takahashi, Executive Director, Brussels Branch
East Japan Railway Company
Past and Present Participating Organisations
Operators & Governments
International Railway Summit is a meeting of senior executives representing the world’s key rail operators, rail infrastructure management companies, national and local governments, rolling stock manufacturers and a wide range of solution providers.
International Railway Summit provides a 'matchmaking' service between rail industry leaders ('buyers') and technical experts ('suppliers'), based on buyer delegates' project requirements and the proven expertise of large and small suppliers that we have carefully handpicked. Based on this matchmaking, buyer delegates attend one-to-one consultation sessions with suitable suppliers during the annual summit.
In addition to the one-to-one meetings, delegates also attend a conference programme given by key industry leaders and experts and network over lunches and dinners with their counterparts and industry colleagues from all over the world.
International Railway Summit is about...
Procurement has now become one of the key commercial differentiators in the rail industry worldwide. Rail operators are making a proactive and strategic approach to selecting their partners.
We believe better alternatives are created through open and meaningful encounters. Being in the right place at the right time gives you a better chance of meeting the right people.
Management of rail business requires not only clear foresight into decades of technological advance but also a strong drive to lead the entire supply chain to a brighter future for rail transport.
International Railway Summit offers personalised and pre-arranged one-to-one meetings with industry partners based on your requirements, allowing you to source your future business partners.
Keynote presentations given by industry leaders are accentuated by interactive workshops and specialist-led technical reviews, under the common theme of ‘Drive forward trains of thought’.
Encounters on the sidelines often provide nice surprises. A site visit, coffee breaks, lunches, drinks receptions, dinners and post-dinner networking are all designed to help forge new partnerships.
Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona
Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I is a five-star luxury resort hotel located on Avenue Diagonal, a main artery in the centre of Barcelona's financial district. Rail industry leaders and experts will take part in pre-arranged one-to-one consultation meetings and IRJ-produced conference sessions in the hotel’s main function rooms. In the evening, the hotel’s outdoor salon, located in 2.5 hectares of historical gardens, will provide an ideal setting for an informal networking dinner.