Rail technology remains an industrial pillar of the region's economy with a high degree of integration. The entire value chain is represented here by companies that range from mid-sized suppliers to major corporations.
- Over 100 rail technology companies with about 20,400 employees;
- Global market leaders in rail technology;
(Bombardier Transportation, Siemens, Stadler, Alstom);
- Headquarters of Deutsche Bahn AG: The company is the largest private sector employer in Berlin with about 18,000 employees and 500 scientists;
- The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) operates one of the largest public transit networks in the world, serving about 2.9 million passengers each day and traveling 132 million kilometers yearly. BVG is Berlin's fourth largest employer;
- The leading rail industry event, "InnoTrans", takes place every two years in Berlin;
- Top-level expertise in diverse related technologies, such as telematics, automotive engineering, materials engineering and information technology;
- The region is home to numerous centers of expertise, with link stakeholders from science & business;
- Research institutes, such as the TU, the DLR, and the Fraunhofer institutes with recognized expertise in railway technology, which are organized in the Center for Digital Networking (LZDV);
- Outstanding pool of highly qualified technical specialists and management talent due to various programs in the rail technology field at Berlin's universities and universities of applied sciences;
- The regional rail industry's strengths include control and steering technology, software, rail traffic management, track construction, passenger information systems and supply.
- Development of the railway technology Campus Havelland, based on the plot lines of logistics, commerce, research & practice, as well as science & education, at the location of the traditional location of the former Wustermark switch yard.
- Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof is the largest train station serving multiple lines in Europe.
Networks, initiatives and associations
(Allianz pro Schiene e.V.)
The Pro-Rail Alliance is an alliance in Germany for the promotion of safe and environmentally friendly rail transport. The main objective is to increase its market share. 20 non-profit organizations have joined as members of this alliance out of idealistic reasons to promote rail transport: environmental groups, unions, trade associations and consumer organizations. More than 120 companies from the entire railway sector provide the Pro-Rail Alliance with financial support. This group includes train operating companies and infrastructure operators, manufacturers of railway technology, construction companies, banks, insurance companies and others, as well as global market leaders, not to mention small and medium-sized companies.
Excellent European Transport Research (EURNEX e.V.)
The European research network Transport & Mobility (EURNEX e.V.) particularly integrates the fragmented rail research in Europe with the goal of efficiency increase.
EURNEX connects 44 excellent research institutes throughout the transport sector from 20 EU countries and Russia, including TU Berlin and Berlin Partner for Business and Technology. EURNEX bundles research achievements from one source at highest quality.
Interdisciplinary Railway Research Network
(Interdisziplinärer Forschungsverbund Bahntechnik e.V. Berlin - IFV)
The goal of the IFV is to bundle and coordinate its partners' research activities. Building networks in the field of rail technology creates synergies and has a lasting impact on rail technology research. Implementing rail technology in real-world scenarios shows just how important the interplay between businesses, research institutions and industry associations is.
Competence Network Rail Berlin-Brandenburg (KNRBB)
The Competence Network Rail Berlin-Brandenburg (KNRBB) is the contact person at the Brandenburg-Kirchmöser industrial park for coordinated networking. KNRBB management is responsible for improving the regional economic structure of the Berlin-Brandenburg region in the field of rail technology and comprehensive industry sectors. It also focuses on the development of international partnerships and collaborations, including with Polish and Italian partners.
mofair is committed to accelerating the market opening of railways and roads and to ensuring non-discriminatory access to rail transport infrastructure. The aim of this interest group continues to be ensuring the public transport market is of high quality and operates under fair conditions so public mobility can develop into a growth market with secure jobs. Its members are the most important independent and competitive transport companies in Germany in the public transport (PT) sector.
Studiengesellschaft für den Kombinierten Verkehr e.V. – SGKV
The SGKV (a research association for combined transport) is a non-profit members association for the promotion of combined transport (CT) and the rational transport. With members from academia and industry, it forms a communication and knowledge platform for everyone who uses, explores and develops CT.
The German Railway Industry Association
(Verband der Bahnindustrie in Deutschland e.V. - VBD)
The German Railway Industry Association brings the manufacturers of all kinds of products for rail operations under one roof. Today, it serves as the representative of more than 100 member companies with over 40,000 employees.
German Engineering Federation
(Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. - VDMA)
The VDMA is one of the key industry associations and service providers in Europe and forms the largest network of capital goods producers in Europe. Its overall mission is built around four core principles: "Networked thinking, networked actions, Major Operators", "Creating the corporate tomorrow", "Technology for you and me", and "Europe and the World". The organization providing optimal support to VDMA members includes associations for specific engineering disciplines, regional associations, central departments dealing with engineering and machine building topics as well as subsidiary service companies.
The German Electrical and Electronics Industry Association
(Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V. - ZVEI)
The ZVEI represents the interests of the German electrical and electronics industry with regard to economic, technology and environmental policy at the national, European and international levels. It provides targeted information about the economic, technical and legal conditions under which the electrical and electronics industries operate in Germany.