African Rail Evolution – proudly serving Africa’s rail industry!

I wish to express my sincere gratitude for the way you organised (pre-conference), hosted and executed the conference/exhibition in Durban last week. As a small first time exhibitor, I couldn’t be more excited about the outcomes of the conference. The exposure for our business and the incredible networking opportunity was phenomenal! Well done guys…you did a splendid job! I look forward to next year and I am convinced it will be bigger and better the 2nd time around!

Babalwa Dludlu, Managing Director, AzonRail

​Join us in Durban in 2017 to take your place amidst Africa’s rail leaders!

For the next five years, 60% of all investment in African Rail will be directed at maintenance and rehabilitation projects. These projects will form the basis of an “inter regional” drive towards development and collaboration between the public and private sectors.

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About the event

African Rail Evolution is the only African forum for maintenance and rehabilitation professionals that feature best practices and pioneering case studies on maintaining, upgrading and future-proofing ageing rolling stock; infrastructure; track and perway; signalling technology; OHTE electrical and cabling; equipment; and rail maintenance software and technology.

High-level networking, panel discussions and case studies will address the latest trends and techniques in maintenance and rehabilitation to put African rail back on track.

The event will be attended by representatives of government; freight rail operators and companies; large industry, i.e. mining and manufacturing; international organisations and the private sector.

African Rail Evolution summit and expo is strategically co-located with the following events, attracting over 2000 participants from Africa’s ports, rail and logistics sectors – giving delegates even broader access to organisations that can facilitate trade continentally:

  • The annual Women in Transport Awards: Honouring the outstanding achievements of Africa’s transport executives
  • The 6th annual African Ports Evolution Forum: Focusing on unlocking Africa’s economic potential through port development and optimisation
  • TIKZN’s Export Week: A platform to recognise, promote and assist with growing KwaZulu-Natal’s export businesses and industries
Co-located with:
2017 Sponsors
2017 Exhibitors and Partners

Programme unique features:

Joint opening/keynote

Enhancing regional connectivity – inter modal value chain opportunities to drive social and economic development in Africa

African Rail operator focus sessions

Maintenance and rehabilitation case examples from conception to grave

African rail operators’ executive panel discussion

Managing maintenance and rehabilitation to preserve rail infrastructure and Rolling Stock in the future

Railway safety and future rail systems

Long-term maintenance procurement plans
Relevant of future technologies for condition-based monitoring and preventative maintenance
Implications of the Luxembourg Protocol on railway safety


More Q&A, interactive panels and networking than ever before

Joint closing

Chairman feedback, action points and highlights from African Ports Evolution and African Rail Evolution Forums

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