The mission of the International Monorail Association is to organize the global monorail sector, promote the application of monorail, publish information, and initiate and support standardization processes of monorail for public mass transport infrastructure.
The 10th International Monorail Association Annual Conference (Monorailex 2018) was held at the Novotel Hotel am Tiergarten in Berlin, Germany from September 13 to 15, 2018. Monorailex conferences aim to provide a platform for experts and scholars in the field of monorail transportation and business development to share knowledge, discuss existing problems, opportunities, and challenges, while strengthening international cooperation for this cutting-edge technology. The format for Monorail 2018 included presentations of scholarly papers, roundtable workshop sessions, technical tours and opportunities to network with other professionals in the field.
The International Monorail Association welcomes aboard its new general manager, Ulf Becker, to support the executive council, oversee and manage effectively job-related duties and projects, and represent the association at meetings, forums, and other public events.
The International Monorail Association, Beijing Jiaotong University, and China Monorail Transportation Development Research Center announced Monorailex 2017. The conference and exhibition took place at Beijing Jiaotong University, in Beijing, China, September 7-9, with an impressive list of Chinese companies co-organizing the event. The event showcased the progress in the Monorail and Maglev fields, and included International and Chinese exhibitors. There were three tracks in the presentations: Vehicle, Systems, and Infrastructure.
After the conference, from September 9-13, there was an optional technical visit package offered to see the factories of CRRC in Tangshan and take a ride on one of their Maglev vehicles. Then to Chongqing, with visits to the longest operating monorail project in the world and its operating base. Next, we traveled to Nanjing-Wuhu, to tour CRRC’s vehicle manufacturing plant, a suspended monorail. Finally, we visited Bombardier's vehicle manufacturing plant in China and saw monorail vehicles for Wuhu Line 2 Phase 1 project.