The European Railway Clusters Initiative (ERCI) comprises 15 research and innovation-oriented railway technology clusters (including Railgrup, covering 17 countries. ERCI represents more than 1,500 SMEs and aims to promote innovation and the development of new business opportunities as a means to sustainably strengthen competitiveness within the European railway industry.
ERCI promotes cooperation between industry and research, initiates innovation projects, organises B2B meetings and workshops. This also includes promoting visibility and networking at EU level.
ERCI increases the competitiveness of the European railway industry through different actions, including the development of cross fertilization with other sectors (road, urban air mobility, etc.) and technologies (CAV, drones, etc.). ERCI leverages on networking at European level to bring innovation and business opportunities to its partners (especially SMEs).
ENIDE is a member of the Railgrup cluster and leads the HARMONY communication, dissemination, exploitation and innovation management activities. ENIDE also plays a major role in engaging mobility stakeholders and understanding their needs. Vicent Pastor’s presentation focused on the role of SMEs and mobility providers in HARMONY and in R&D programmes, while Annarita Leserri’s one gave an overview of the HARMONY End Users’ Group.