Viewpoint’s Lynne Edwards, Marketing Manager, shares her takeaways from this year’s AusRAIL PLUS 2015 Event, November 2015 | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Doing it smarter. People, Power, Performance was the by-line for AusRAIL Plus 2015 and with the large variety of exhibitors and speakers at this premium industry conference.
• AusRAIL PLUS 2015 was the largest AusRAIL ever hosted for anyone operating in, or looking to do business within the Australian rail sector.
• AusRAIL PLUS attracted around 400 exhibiting organisations including Viewpoint, 900 conference delegates, 120 high level speakers and plenty of networking.
The world’s leading authorities in rail gathered to discuss the latest developments, and hear from government leaders, local and international rail industry executives and academics. It was stressed that Australia must compete with intelligent infrastructure to promote sustainable growth for cities, industries and local jobs.
Each year, Australia’s rail network transports 1.3 billion tonnes of freight and every day 2.3 million passengers use trains, Australia is gaining confidence and turning (back) to rail infrastructure as a realistic alternative to road freight and our love of the private car. “There’s an investment in public transport, and a realisation that cities are growing, and they need to have rail infrastructure,” says Melbourne Metro Chief Executive Andrew Lezala. “In Victoria, we’ve got big metro trains and the Metro Tunnel, in Sydney we will see the light rail construction, work on the new Metro line and the first driverless passenger train in the country, and in Brisbane, we’re about to see the first Public Private Partnership train.”
In the conference centre delegates were addressed by Victorian state and Federal Ministers as well as being offered more than 40 seminars and forums by rail suppliers, industry experts and transport CEOs.
In the exhibition space throughout the day, there was a mixture of dark suits and more relaxed clothing, plus the many company branded shirts of exhibitors.
Delegates and a constant stream of casual visitors strolled through the enormous space and continued to network with highly focussed meetings and refreshing of business friendships and partnerships. One quote from a delegate summed it up when he said “I’ve covered 6 months of work in 3 days”.
The event incorporated International exhibitors and delegates from Sweden to China and many industrialised countries in between, with exhibits including:
• Railway transport for passengers – trams & trains, plus freight, safety and security, hi visibility and low emissions, telecommunications and geomapping.
• All organisations along the supply chain, bolts, oils, conveyers, sophisticated software, advanced engineering, innovative designs.
• Large well designed stands, many of which required precision engineering just to set up – as evidenced by a slow-motion video of the set-up. Many different models of railway engines – many actually running on tracks – dream toys!
And, importantly – many different hospitality coffee machines & baristas, enabling me to taste test all the roasting brands on offer. Obviously coffee keeps the railways running, or at least the deal-makers.