ERCI – The European Railway Clusters Initiative

ERCI_Logo_RGB_mit unterem weißen RandA decisive milestone was reached when the European Railway Clusters Initiative ERCI was founded and the agreement of cooperation was officially signed during the INNOTRANS 2010 in Berlin. Beside BTS, ten other innovation clusters from Bavaria, Belgium, Berlin, France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK and Denmark are among the members. Together, we give the middle-sized supplier industry a significant voice and represent more than 1,000 member companies across Europe. But ERCI is much more than a lobby organization. The clusters promote transnational cooperation and innovation projects in order to build a European network which will set global standards in rail technology. Thereby, the partner clusters have one mission in common: To safeguard Europe’s technological leadership in this expanding sector over the long-term. To honour and highlight outstanding innovations in the railway industry, ERCI annually awards the ERCI Innovation Award.

Over the past years, ERCI has established governance structures and has established itself as the European railway cluster network. ERCI has been accredited under the project name PERES 4i-partnership, under the roof of the EU cluster collaboration platform. Among other activities, the member companies and institutions of ERCI partner clusters benefit from:

  • Accelerated access to other European companies and institutions
  • Active support in the participation at EU research and development programs, e.g. Shift2Rail
  • Access to ERCI events all over Europe
  • Marketing and business development activities within the EU and beyond
  • European lobby for SME interests

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ERCI Innovation Award

The winners of the ERCI Innovation Awards 2017:

Best large enterprise Best SME Coup de Coeur
Innovative vehicle
safety system “ODAS – Obstacle
Detection Assistance System“
Intelligent composite material
“Smart Train Plattforms Tiles 4.0“
Solution for the
intelligent identification of railway
infrastructure “Railway Network
Asset Inventory“
Bombardier Transportation
Siut GmbH (Deutschland) MER MEC S.p.A (Italien)

More information about >>ERCI Innovation Award

v.l.n.r.: Dirk-Ulrich Krüger (ERCI-Clustersprecher), Carlo Borghini (CEO Shift2Rail), die Preisträger MER MEC S.p.A., SIUT GmbH und Bombardier Transportation; und die Gastge-ber Adam und Marek Jablonski (Southern Railway Clus-ter)

v.l.n.r.: Dirk-Ulrich Krüger (ERCI spokesperson), Carlo Borghini (CEO Shift2Rail), the Award winners MER MEC S.p.A., SIUT GmbH and Bombardier Transportation; and the hosts Adam and Marek Jablonski (Southern Railway Cluster)

ERCI Partners


I-Trans (Lead Partner)
Chantal Labadie
Technopole Transalley
Le Mont Houy – RD 958
F-59300 Famars
Phone: +33 3 27190010
Fax: +33 3 27238161

Germany, Berlin

Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft
und Technologie GmbH
Lutz Hübner
Fasanenstraße 85
10623 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 46302-573

Germany, Saxony

Harald Rüdiger
Wiener Straße 80a
D-01219 Dresden
Phone: +49 351 4174950
Fax: +49 351 4402613

Germany, Bavaria

CNA-Cluster Bahntechnik
Dr. Holger Schulze-Halberg
Theresienstraße 9
D-90403 Nürnberg
Phone: +49 911 48094815
Fax: +49 911 4610760


Dr. Veronica Elena Bocci
Piazza San Leone 1
I-51100 Pistoia
Phone: +39 0573 374 324


CenSec’s innovation cluster for production Inno-Pro
Poul-Erik Hansen
N.O. Hansens Vej 4
DK-7470 Karup

Phone:  +45 52 13 15 44


Järnvägskluster i Västerås
ekonomisk förening
Tomas Karlsson
Linslagargränd 1
SE-721 30 Västerås
Phone: +46 736 33 93 81


Logistics in Wallonia
Emilie Parthoens
Liege Airport Building 52
B-4460 Grâce-Hollogne
Phone: +32 4225 50 60
Fax: +32 4225 50 65

United Kingdom

Robert Hopkin
The Control Tower Long
Marston Storage
Campden Road Long Marston
Stratford on Avon Warwickshire
Phone: 01789 72 00 26


Dr. Ignasi Gómez-Belinchón
C/ Còrsega 270 Àtic
E-08008, Barcelona
Phone: +34 93 4159865
Fax: +34 93 4159865


Poludniowy Klaster
Kolejowy – Southern
Railway Cluster
Dr. Adam Jablonski
Dr. habil. Marek Jablonski
Ul. Ligocka 103
PL-40-568 Katowice
Phone: +48 2683705