Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues,

The harmonization of welding for railway vehicles is proceeding, based on the standards of EN 15085. Safe railway transport is in the public interest all over Europe - and welding plays an active role in this purpose.

However, a clearly-defined standard alone does not sufficiently influence the quality of welding on railway vehicles. Therefore, a whole system of quality assurance is needed. Covering this is a key task for the ECWRV – European Committee for Welding on Railway Vehicles. Manufacturers, operators, national safety authorities as well as manufacturer certification bodies from more than 16 countries are all currently members of the ECWRV. They discuss how to organize quality assurance on an equal level.

In this context, the Online Database EN 15085 is of central importance. The database provides transparency regarding the validity of certificates as well as technical information.

To accompany all these processes an exchange of experience is required with all participants. This could be provided in the scope of our technical conference on the latest developments in welding technology and welded constructions as well as standards for railway vehicles.

On behalf of ECWRV, we are honoured to invite you to the

5th European Conference JOIN-TRANS 2018 ”Joining and Construction of Railway Vehicles“

May 16 - 17, 2018 in Halle (Saale), Germany.


The programme committee consisting of renowned representatives from railway vehicle construction is calling for papers on the proposed topics by November 27, 2017.