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INTERPIPE to hold International Wheelset Congress in Kyiv on September 23-26

On September 23 - 26 Kyiv will host the 17th International Wheelset Congress – one of the largest and most important events in the global railway machinery industry. The event will see attendance from 300 global participants, including manufacturers of wheels, rolling stock, and equipment, as well as experts and scientists. The Congress will be organized by INTERPIPE Company and the international association of railway machinery and equipment manufacturers – UNIFE.

This is the first time the event will be held in the CIS in over 50-years. Before Ukraine played hosts to the Conference, it was hosted by the largest railway machinery and equipment manufacturers from Italy, the Czech Republic, South Africa, the USA, Australia, and other countries of the world. INTERPIPE’s leading positions as one of the world’s largest railway wheel producer has afforded the company the  opportunity for Ukraine to become host country for this year’s event.

The main topic of the event is: “New technologies, extending the wheelset life cycle”. Taking part in the conference, engineers, scientists, and manufacturers from all over the world will discuss challenges and trends in the railway industry. The conference will see delegates from 26 countries, representing the largest industry players, such as SMS-Meer, Siemens, Bombardier, CAF, Bonatrans, Lucchini, Sumitomo, OMK, and Evraz, as well as national railway operators from Germany, Belgium, Latvia, Uzbekistan, Russia, and Ukraine, and many others.

“Awarding the host title of the conference to INTERPIPE is symbolic not only for our Company, but for the entire Ukrainian railway industry. This is evidence that Ukrainian engineers’ expertise is recognized by the professional community. – INTERPIPE General Manager Alexander Kirichko commented. – we strongly believe that holding an international event of this level in Ukraine will give a powerful impetus to the development of businesses by our customers, partners, and the country’s transport industry in general”.


The International Wheelset Congress is one of the most authoritative events in the wheelset industry. The conference is a platform for communication and sharing experience by national railway operators, manufacturers of railway wheels, tires, and wheelsets, suppliers of equipment and components for the railway industry, scientific institutions, research laboratories, and organizations for standardization and certification.

The International Wheelset Congress was founded in 1963. Since then it is has been held every three years (with only two exceptions). The Congress will be held in the CIS  for the first time: it will take place in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.


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