At the same time, as Stöckli points out, Switzerland and Scandinavia naturally face many of the same challenges when it comes to railways, with harsh winters and very hilly landscapes.
"We are therefore convinced that we can offer the market tried and tested concepts and technology," she says.
First time since 2005 at Elmia Nordic Rail
The SWISSRAIL Industry Association is a trade organisation for the railway industry in Switzerland, and member companies encompass everything from overhead lines and power supply, to traffic planning and ticket sales.
This is the first time since 2005 that Swissrail is attending Elmia Nordic Rail.
"We hope the fair will increase our general knowledge of the Scandinavian market, while we also hope to meet the big players such as operators, construction companies, distributors, and of course national authorities," says Stöckli.
The Scandinavian countries are currently investing several billion Swedish kronor in infrastructure. Sweden’s ten-year infrastructure plan alone is worth SEK 522 billion. Large projects like the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link and the high-speed railway lines in Sweden will entail major changes in transport planning in Northern Europe.
Consequently, Stöckli views Elmia Nordic Rail as an important, necessary trade fair.
"Generally speaking, I’m convinced that every main region should have its own trade fair, even though Innotrans in Berlin is the world’s leading fair. However not everyone can make it to Innotrans, which is why Elmia Nordic Rail is such an important event," she concludes.