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September 22, 2022 @ 11:30 - 14:00

The i-Trans competitiveness cluster, the Railenium Technological Research Institute and the ERCI network (European Railway Cluster Initiative) invite you to an event on booth 400C7 in Hall 3.2 (France and Hauts-de-France Pavilion) for the inauguration of the official ERCI legal entity, after a keynote on European innovation, given by Carlo Borghini, Executive Director of Europe‘s Rail JU.

As a reminder, the ERCI network was born thanks to a cooperation between European railway clusters. It aims at facilitating partnerships opportunities (innovation and business) between members of partners’ clusters.

Programme :

11:30     Welcome words, by Bertrand Minary, Executive Director of i-Trans and General Director of Railenium

11:35     Presentation of Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking: organization and content, by Carlo Borghini, Executive Director of Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking

11:55     Presentation of ERCI, European Railway Clusters Initiative, from the creation to now, by Dirk-Ulrich Krüger, President of ERCI

12:15     What is the impact of ERCI for clusters and members? By Veronica Elena Bocci, Vice-President of ERCI and Bertrand Minary, Administrator of ERCI

12:25     How ERCI clusters can contribute to ERJU and open calls? By Carlo Borghini, Executive Director of Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking

12:35     Questions – Answers

12 :45    Official launch of the ERCI legal entity, Ribbon cutting by Dirk-Ulrich Krüger and Carlo Borghini

12:50     Cocktail

For all press accreditation or information request, please contact:   

Marion Molina – 00 33 6 29 11 52 08 |

About i-Trans competitveness cluster

Anchored in the Hauts-de-France Region, i-Trans is the competitiveness cluster for transport, mobility and logistics. The cluster’s mission is to develop the competitiveness of companies through collaborative innovation as a driver of growth and employment. i-Trans offers services to companies (from startups to large groups) and research laboratories. It helps to create, structure and finance ambitious new research and development capacities in the fields of rail, automotive, electronics, aeronautics and freight.

About Railenium Technological Research Institute

Created 10 years ago thanks to the i-Trans competitiveness cluster, Railenium (the Technological Research Institute for the railway sector) aims to develop the competitiveness of companies through collaborative innovation as a driver of growth and employment.

Based in the Hauts-de-France Region, supported by the French Government and the rail industry, it implements innovation projects by creating partnerships between industry and academia. It coordinates the implementation of innovation projects meeting the challenges of the sector in agreement with the public authorities. – @IRT_Railenium

About ERCI

ERCI is the leading meta-cluster of the railway industry in Europe gathering 15 innovation clusters from 16 European countries (Italy, Poland, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Sweden, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Austria, Germany). The ERCI network connects the ideas and interests of over 2,000 small and medium-sized businesses in the industry. ERCI is their voice and lobby at European level. ERCI helps their members to grow – through improved access to European partners and customers, accelerated technology transfer and joint marketing in- and outside of the EU. Over the past years, ERCI has established governance structures and has established itself as the European railway cluster network. ERCI has been accredited under the project name PERES 4i-partnership, under the roof of the EU cluster collaboration platform. Among other activities, the members and institutions of ERCI partners’ clusters benefit from:

  • Accelerated access to other European companies and institutions
  • Active support in the participation at EU research and development programs, e.g. Shift2Rail and now Europe’s Rail
  • Access to ERCI events all over Europe
  • Marketing and business development activities within the EU and beyond
  • European lobby for SME interest




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