Rail+Metro China 2021 (16th Shanghai International Exhibition of Intercity and Urban Mass Transit), produced by the China Local Railway Association,Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shanghai and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group , is taking place at the Shanghai Convension&Exhibition Center of International Sourcing from 17th to 19th October, 2021.

About the show:

With the strong support of the China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the China Association of Metros (CAMET), and under the committed guidance of the China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS), the China Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) and the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, Rail+Metro China has established itself as one of the largest and most respected business-to-business platforms for trade, procurement and promotion in the inter-city and metropolitan rail transit industries in China and the Asia-Pacific.

The 15th China International Rail Transit Exhibition, also known as Rail+Metro China 2020, hosted by Shanghai Shentong Metro Group and Shanghai INTEX Exhibition was held in  the Shanghai international conference center in Pudong from September 2nd to 3rd 2020.

More than 80 well-known enterprises from the national railway and urban rail transit industries participated in this year’s Rail+Metro China, with an exhibition area of ​​5,000 square meters. Exhibits covered locomotive vehicles and supporting equipment, communication signaling systems and information technology, vehicle interior systems and technology, overhaul and maintenance equipment, power supply systems and drive technology, planning, design and consulting services, infrastructure supporting facilities, and more. More than 3,500 industry professionals visited during the two-day exhibition.

Companies such as Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, CRRC, Bombardier, Shanghai High-speed Railway Electrical Technology, China Mobile Research Institute, Shanghai Urban Construction Institute, Shanghai Tunnel Institute, Casco, Thales SEC Transport System, Fuxin Intelligent Transportation Solutions and many others actively participated, with their exhibits featuring new rail transit vehicles and supporting equipment, key signals technologies, design consulting, operation and maintenance products, and new 5G technology applications.

The international division of CRRC and 11 CRRC subsidiaries formed the CRRC exhibition group to participate in the exhibition. The CRRC stand featured a world exclusive, launching the first fully autonomous MINI maglev train, as well as its automated locomotive fire prevention and control system, the CJ6 intercity EMU, and the “Chuxin” smart rail tram. The exhibition also featured innovative achievements such as the Beijing New Airport Line City EMU and the Shanghai Line 14 subway trains, these becoming the focus of attention of attendees. In addition, the new “Optimus Prime” member of the Fuxing family, the FXD2B electric locomotive, also appeared at the exhibition, demonstrating the strength of China’s heavy-haul railways.

At this year’s exhibition, Shentong Metro Group, under the theme of “entering a new era of intelligent operation and maintenance”, focused on digitalization to improve operation quality and safety, promoting new innovations in intelligent subway maintenance and displaying the group’s innovative application achievements in the field of intelligent operation and maintenance.

As a professional company in the field of smart transportation under China Mobile, China Mobile Zhixing officially launched the “5G+” rail transit solution at Rail+Metro 2020. China Mobile Shanghai Industrial Research Institute has created a comprehensive rail transit coverage system. The system focuses on the three aspects of station, train and line, covering the three core technical platforms of smart station services, rail transit vehicle-to-ground communications and rail transit information cloud services. These are planned to be rolled out as a comprehensive rail transit information coverage system using rail transit stations as “network hubs”, rail transit vehicle-ground communications as “transmission networks”, and operation management and control informatization as “connection links”.

The two-day exhibition and conference attracted more than 5,000 professional visitors from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hohhot, Taiyuan, Xi’an, Chongqing, Chengdu, Changsha, Wuhan, Nanchang, Nanjing, Xuzhou, Nantong, and Ningbo. Visitors from at least 30 subway construction and operating units participated in the conference, including from Hefei, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Jinhua, Suzhou, Shaoxing, Wuxi, Changzhou, Foshan, Kunming, Nanning, Dongguan, and Fuzhou.

Representatives of tram construction and operation companies from Wuhan, Shenyang, Foshan, Shenzhen, Jiaxing, Qingdao, Jiashan, Zhuhai, Huai’an, Nanping, and Zhangye also attended, as well as from leaders of related railway units such as Shandong Railway Investment, Shaanxi Railway Investment, Zhejiang Railway Group, Sichuan Railway Group, and Hangzhou-Haizhou Intercity Railway.

According to the show visitor survey, attendees engaged in urban rail transit management, sales, technology, and procurement still accounted for a majority of the audience, mainly working for rail transit owners, vehicle manufacturers, systems integrators, design companies, government departments, scientific research institutions, and railway systems companies.

Meanwhile, the “China International Railway Conference for Urban & Intercity Transit” (CIRC2020) was held successfully. The”China International Railway Conference for Urban & Intercity Transit 2020“(CIRC 2020) was successfully held for the third time alongside Rail+Metro China, with the continued support of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. CIRC 2020 was organized by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Shanghai, the Shanghai Transportation Industry Association, and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, with special support from the China Local Railway Association, the Yangtze River Delta Regional Cooperation Office, and the Yangtze River Delta Transportation Integration Research Center. A total of 8 forums were held under the theme of “Exploring Regional Transportation Integration and Optimal Operation Solutions”, with content covering regional transportation integration, urban railways, subways, trams, ground buses and other different modes of public transportation. At the same time, it focused on industry hot topics such as fully automated driverless rail vehicles, new technologies for operational safety, vehicle overhaul and existing line renovation. The latest development trends of railway and urban rail transit were also discussed, covering the whole life cycle of line network planning, construction, operation and maintenance. During the two days of the conference, nearly 100 Chinese and foreign guests delivered speeches and more than 1,700 industry professionals attended the conference.

Rail+Metro China’s concurrent forum platforms have been widely praised by the industry for many years. In order to expand its international appeal and spread its message further throughout the Asia-Pacific, the organizing committee has rebranded its series of forums into the “China International Railway Conference for Urban & Intercity Transit” (CIRC) from 2018 onwards. Under the guidance of the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, CIRC 2019 has become a key activity of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Transport Working Group (APEC TPT-WG) Mass Transit Urban Rail Transport Initiative, which aims to promote exchange and cooperation between APEC’s 21 economies in the field of transportation.

This year’s conference continued to be endorsed by APEC, with the theme “Intelligent Urban Rail”. In all six professional industry forums and two closed-door meetings were organized, as well as 5 site visits and inspections over five days. The event form was more innovative and pragmatic than last year, and was unanimously recognized as a resounding success by all strategic partners and stakeholders.

In October  2021, we will move to the Shanghai Convension&Exhibition Center of International Sourcing in putting together a new business space for the industry. Through the deeper integration of our exhibition and conference platforms, we will act to further enhance the professional activity standards of China’s rail transit industry.

From October 17th to 19th 2021, we look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be the most impressive show yet!

Rail+Metro China Organizing Committee