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Rail supplier news from Railhead, Siemens, Voith, Salini Impregilo, Alstom and Protran (April 1)

Railhead Corp.'s Locomotive Digital Video Recorder (LDVR) systems have been selected by SunRail. The LDVRs, cameras and microphones will be installed on bi-level commuter-rail cars and locomotives, according to the company’s press release.

Global law firm K&L Gates L.L.P. advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Partners L.L.P. (KKR) on the establishment of the ELL group, one of the largest European leasing companies for locomotives. In connection with the venture, ELL group concluded a supply contract for more than 50 Vectron AC/MS locomotives with Siemens valued at $275.5 million.

Voith is investing $34 million in the construction of a plant for rail vehicle components in Shanghai. A ceremonial groundbreaking is planned for December and production is expected to start in spring 2016. In addition, Voith plans to set up an engineering center to develop and adapt components on site to meet local customer requirements.

The Salini Impregilo Group, as part of a consortium, has won the maxi concession contract for the construction and management of the expansion of the metro network in Lima, Peru. The project has a total value of $9 billion, of which $4.7 billion is for the construction of civil works, and the remainder for the management of the infrastructure. Salini Impregilo has a 26 percent share of civil construction work.

On March 28, Alstom's metro trainsets began commercial service in Hungary on Budapest's new underground Line 4, the first automated metro line in central-eastern Europe.

Mike Davis has been named director of rail operations for Protran Safety Technology. He has more than 34 years of experience in the transportation sector, including 30 years with the Maryland Transit Administration, where he was senior deputy administrator and chief operations officer when he retired on Oct. 1, 2013.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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