NEWAG S.A. won the first edition of the ERCI Innovation Awards international contest organized by the European Railway Clusters Initiative as the most innovative rail company in Europe. NEWAG S.A. came first beating such companies as Alstom and Ansaldo Breda.
The company was awarded for its project “The first in Europe Polish six-axle multi-system locomotive for heavy freight transport compliant with TSI” implemented thanks to financial support from the NCBR – Polish National Centre for Research and Development. The international jury evaluated three aspects: the innovative level of the product, the competitive advantage the innovation can bring to the enterprise and whether the innovation was created by networking with other enterprises or research bodies. The contest organisers — ERCI — European Railway Clusters Initiative, invited railway experts from all over Europe to act as jury members. Only one expert represented Poland, namely Prof Jerzy Mikulski from University of Economics, who specialises, among other, in transport telematics and automation of transport processes.
In this year’s, first edition of the contest whose purpose is to promote innovations implemented by enterprises to meet the needs of the railway sector in Europe, the awards were granted in two categories: ERCI Innovation Award for one big company and ERCI Innovation Award for companies from the SME’s sector.
The winners in the SME category: Witt Industrie Elektronik (Germany) and SMTC (France), received the award for integrating an electromagnetic transmitter with a sandwich-type panel which resulted in creating a panoramic speaker invisible for passengers.
The awards were presented during the BCN RAIL Fair taking place in Barcelona. BCN RAIL is the most important international railway event in southern Europe.
The next, second edition of the contest will take place in a year’s time and the official ceremony of granting 2016 ERCI Innovation Awards will be held during INNOTRANS 2016 in Berlin.
More information about the contest available at: http://www.bcnrail.com/en/
One of the criteria at the European-level contest was that the candidate for the award had to participate first in the national stage of the selection organised by one of the clusters involved in ERCI. In Poland, this was the Innovation Leader in Rail Industry contest organised by the Southern Railway Cluster, in which NEWAG S.A. also won in its category (on November 9, 2015 in Warsaw.)