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German Railway Industry Association (VDB) - Articles and news items

Rail industry’s export strength begins at home…

Issue 3 2017 / 10 May 2017 /

“Railways are the greatest productive act there has ever been, not just in the 19th century but throughout history”. This insight from German sociologist and national economist Werner Sombart (1863-1941) has rarely been more relevant than it is today. The current digitalisation of rail transport represents not only a fundamental innovative leap, but also promises the most climate-friendly, customer-friendly and economical means of mobility there has ever been.

New horizons for Germany’s railway industry

Issue 2 2016 / 23 March 2016 /

Sustainable mobility means quality of life: people want climate-friendly, affordable and convenient mobility, and Germany’s rail industry offers just that. For European Railway Review, Ben Möbius – Managing Director of the German Railway Industry Association (VDB) – explains that continued future success for the German railway industry depends on delivering a ‘digital’ railway, strengthening industry cooperation, and building on growing a global presence…

UNIFE & VDB to host Dialogue Forum at InnoTrans 2014

InnoTrans 2014, Rail industry news / 24 September 2014 /

Tomorrow, 25 September 2014, UNIFE and VDB will host a high-level Dialogue Forum about ERTMS rollout plans and interoperability, which will take place in the main conference area for InnoTrans – Palais am Funkturm – from 10am to 12pm…

Germany: the shop window for the worldwide rail industry

Issue 2 2014 / 11 April 2014 /

The German Railway Industry Association (VDB) purposefully and emphatically represents the interests of German railway technology manufacturers, thus contributing to the dynamics of the worldwide rail industry. The branch is very established in the international business arena with an export ratio of approximately 50%. Whether for rolling stock, rail infrastructure or communication technology – German railway manufacturers contribute to the climate- and environmentally-friendly aspects of rail transportation spanning all five continents. In Germany alone, the more than 170 VDB member companies with their above 50,000 employees achieved a turnover in 2012 of nearly €11 billion.

ERTMS Investments needed to make rail freight competitive

Rail industry news / 15 September 2010 /

UNIFE, released the edition “ERTMS Freight Corridors Tracker”, highlighting the progress made to build a fully-interoperable & competitive rail freight network…