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Rail manufacturing on track for success

Federal and state governments are partnering with industry to develop a Rail Manufacturing Technology Roadmap to help match the “smarts” of our rail suppliers to domestic and international opportunities.

Championed by rail supplier advocate, Bruce Griffiths, the roadmap project is jointly funded by the Federal, Victorian, Queensland and New South Wales Governments and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA).

Upon announcing the roadmap, minister for innovation senator Kim Carr said it was important government understood the rail industry’s technology and manufacturing capabilities so it could identify development opportunities and ensure the industry continued to contribute significantly to the national economy.

“The roadmap will build a vision for the rail industry and provide direction for the next 30 years,” he explained.

“It will identify pathways and areas for industry focus and investment, boosting capability and encouraging innovation.”

Carr emphasised the project will see all of rail’s sectors – from signalling, communications and track to rail components and building and maintaining rolling stock – come together for the first time.

He went on to thank Griffiths for the central role he played in bringing industry and state governments to the table on the project.

Griffiths previously told Rail Express that garnering industry consensus on a united view of the way forward for suppliers is vital for the strategic growth of the industry.

“Without collectively addressing technology gaps and opportunities we will fail as an industry,&quot he said.

The roadmap will be developed over the next 12 months by ANU Edge, along with the CRC for Rail Innovation, the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing and Strategic Connections Group.

Rail industry stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to put forward their views through the various workshops, interviews and surveys that will be run in the coming months.

For more information on the roadmap and other rail supplier initiatives visit: and look out for the August hardcopy edition of Rail Express.