Railway Interchange/2013 Attendance Demographics Show Solid Results
November 21, 2013. An analysis of the demographics of Railway Interchange/2013, released by the Railway Supply Institute (RSI) shows that the combined attendance for the rail industry exhibition and technical conference topped 7,800 attendees from the United States and 42 countries worldwide.
“Railway Interchange 2013 has fulfilled its promise of becoming a must-attend event for railroads, supply companies, shippers, engineering firms, and others,” said RSI President Thomas Simpson. “This year, expanded meals and refreshments in the exposition food courts facilitated increased networking opportunities for attendees while encouraging them to visit the more than 650 exhibitors in the convention hall,” he noted.
The biennial event, held this year in Indianapolis September 29-October 2, combines the technical conferences of AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations) and the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association) and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.) into one must-attend occasion.
The analysis of attendees showed that two out of five attendees were from railway supply companies. In addition, the event drew a significant proportion of decision-makers: 22 percent of all attendees’ job titles included manager, and 18 percent included CEO, executive or director.
International registrants made up 12 percent of the total, with the largest number of foreign attendees from Canada, China, Brazil and Mexico.
Simpson said the CMA sessions at Railway Interchange, including meetings of the Air Brake Association, the International Association of Railway Operating Officers, the League of Railway Industry Women, Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association, and Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services were well-attended.
Dr. Charles Emely, executive director/CEO of AREMA, noted that the AREMA sessions were well-received.