Maintenance and rehabilitation - Putting African rail back on track

I wish to express my sincere gratitude for the way you organised (pre-conference), hosted and executed the conference/exhibition in Durban last week. As a small first time exhibitor, I couldn’t be more excited about the outcomes of the conference. The exposure for our business and the incredible networking opportunity was phenomenal! Well done guys…you did a splendid job! I look forward to next year and I am convinced it will be bigger and better the 2nd time around!
Babalwa Dludlu, Managing Dirctor, AzonRail

​Join us in Durban in 2017 to take your place amidst Africa's rail leaders!

For the next five years, 60% of all investment in African Rail will be directed at maintenance and rehabilitation projects. These projects will form the basis of an inter regional drive towards development and collaboration between the public and private sectors.

African Rail Evolution will emphasise the benefit of rail upgrade and maintenance projects by highlighting new technology, projects finance and localisation to drive commercial success. The forum is geared toward an African audience, with the goal of accessibility to trade corridors and to enhancing cross border trade among African countries and connecting the continent through a rail systems, that is reliable, efficient and safe. Here we will be deep diving into the future capabilities of railways in Africa and touching on ways to amplify your service offering.

The only rail event to offer CPD accreditation


African Rail Evolution is strategically co-located with  African Ports Evolution, which will give you access to 6 expos under one roof!

When attending African Rail Evolution you will gain access to:

  • African Ports Evolution Expo
  • Export Week Expo
  • Material Handling Expo
  • African Dredging Expo
  • African Port IT Expo
  • African Shipbuilding and Repair Expo

The expo attracts more than 1500 visitors annually, making it a great platform to conduct business and meet decision makers from across Africa and internationally.

Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities

Gain direct access to new business prospects, delivering a real return on your investment.

Participating in African Rail Evolution 2017 is an ideal way to position your company as a market leader at this premier event. By sponsoring or exhibiting you will showcase your brand optimally and generate valuable brand awareness.

The forum invites rail operators from across the African continent and internationally, making it a cost effective method of meeting with decision makers and meeting your business goals.

  • Gain access to more than 1500 exhibition visitors
  • Solidify partnerships and your commitment to the African rail sector
  • Raise your profile and visibility in the industry
  • Showcase the strength and depth of your operations, products and services
  • Increase the profitability of your business
  • Generate premium new sales leads and partnerships in a rapidly growing marketplace
  • Enhance your brand awareness locally and internationally

There is simply no better opportunity than at the African Rail Evolution to showcase your capabilities. As a serious player and provider of solutions and products to the African railway sector you cannot afford to miss out on this opportunity!

For a tailored package please contact Richard Morrak -  Email:   Phone: +27 21 700 4300


The audience / who should attend?

Job titles

  • CEOs/ MDs
  • Director Generals
  • Maintenance Managers / Engineers
  • Safety and Security Engineers
  • Managers of Track Maintenance
  • Rail Inspectors
  • Core Systems Managers / Engineers
  • Technical Officers
  • Operation Heads / Engineers
  • Track Supervisors / Engineers
  • Technical Consultants
  • Project Engineers
  • Engineering Directors / Managers
  • Managers of Permanent Way and Engineering Trains
  • Construction Managers
  • Rail Infrastructure Managers / Engineers
  • Heads of Engineering and Construction
  • Signalling and Communication Managers
  • Rolling Stock Managers
  • Civil and Planning Managers / Engineers
  • System Engineers

Type of company

  • Government railway authorities
  • Ministries
  • Rail operators
  • Train manufacturers and suppliers
  • Rail system contractors
  • Rail system parts suppliers
  • Rail Maintenance companies
  • Banking institutions and  investment groups
  • EPC track projects
  • EPC rolling stock products
  • Engineering companies
  • Steel providers
  • Specialist maintenance  equipment
  • Electrical
  • Caballing
  • Technology provider
  • Track welding
  • Signalling
  • Safety
  • Wheel maintenance
  • Castings suppliers and  maintenance


2016 Partners and Sponsors



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