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Friday, December 07, 2012
Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Alstom, Siemens, CTC and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 7)
Bombardier Transportation and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co. Ltd. have formed a joint venture, Shentong Bombardier Rail Transit Vehicle Maintenance Co. Ltd., to focus on the repair and maintenance of urban mass transit vehicles in China. The new company will leverage the partners' technologies, equipment and businesses to deliver "high quality, reliable trains that are safe to operate," joint venture officials said in a press release issued by Bombardier. The joint venture will "harness Bombardier's global capability in providing whole life services for metros in which its state-of-the-art technologies will reduce and extend the life of the Chinese operator's fleets," the release states.
Alstom obtained a $570.6 million order from Italian railway operator Trenitalia to supply 70 new Coradia Meridian trains. Delivery is expected to begin a year after the contract signing. The trains will operate in several regions in Italy and serve the link between Fiumicino International Airport and Roma Termini Station. The Coradia Meridian product line is designed to meet the needs of regional operators in southern Europe, according to Alstom.
Siemens won an order for 23 electric locomotives from DB Schenker Rail Polska S.A., a Polish subsidiary of the European DB Schenker Rail. The order is the largest Siemens has received for its new Vectron locomotive generation, according to a company press release. In addition, Siemens secured an option for another 13 locomotives. DB Schenker Rail Polska will use the vehicles for freight-rail service. The order value is "in the high double-digit million range," the press release states.
CTC Inc., formerly Campbell Technology Corp., has rolled out a new name and branding to reflect a core service of the company: rail signaling. The company also adopted a new logo to symbolize the rail and highway industries it serves. Rebranding also allowed the company to move its website to a more visible URL, CTC officials said in a press release.
Ronald Colas has been named a vice president in the Miami office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. He will serve as the Miami area manager, responsible for managing operations in south Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America. Colas has 25 years of transportation industry experience.