Rail Forum East Midlands

Rail Forum East Midlands, formerly known as the Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum (DDRF), represents over 150 businesses across the East Midlands, employing over 25,000 people and contributing £2.6bn to the local economy.

Formed in 1993 the DDRF was originally created to promote the area as a world class centre of rail excellence. Our members include infrastructure and rolling stock designers and consultancies, installers, manufacturers, OEMs and a wide range of service providers to the industry. Today we work strategically with both UK and regional governments, the Rail Supply Group (RSG) and our local LEPs as well as continuing to support our members through specific events.

With the growing strategic importance of rail, RFEM continues to play a vital role supporting our hugely important cluster of rail supply chain organisations.

Colin Walton - Chair, Rail Forum East Midlands

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Latest News

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New RFEM Chairman & President Elected
New RFEM Chairman & President Elected

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Rail Forum East Midlands

Date/Time Event
Oct 27, 2016
10:30am - 2:30pm
Rail Industry Careers Fair for Armed Forces Personnel
The iPro Stadium, Derby
Nov 15, 2016 - Nov 16, 2016
All Day
RFEM Member Exclusive: CAF Meet the Buyer Mission
José Miguel Iturrioz, Guipúzcoa

External events

Date/Time Event
Sep 28, 2016
8:00am - 10:00am
Health & Life Sciences Breakfast
The Nottingham Belfry, Nottingham
Sep 30, 2016
10:00am - 5:30pm
The Big Rail Diversity Challenge
Hangar 42, Proving Ground Leicestershire
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Our Members

RFEM represents the largest cluster of rail companies in the world. Our region has an international reputation for excellence in rail engineering, design, manufacture and consultancy.

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