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11/21/2012



Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Ansaldo STS, Kelso and GATX (Nov. 21)


Siemens Mobility Systems recently signed three agreements with Russian partners on various infrastructure projects, the company announced in a press release. Russian Railways, the Sinara Group and Siemens have agreed to increase production volumes of new-generation locomotives manufactured by Ural Locomotives L.L.C., a joint venture of Sinara and Siemens. Siemens also signed a cooperation agreement with the Federal Grid Co. for the joint development of modern facilities for mass producing high-voltage equipment. In addition, Siemens has signed a memorandum with mechanical engineering company Uralvagonzavod that establishes a framework for cooperation during implementation of the product lifecycle concept at the Uralvagonzavod. The two companies will pursue a joint program to modernize production and implementation of new software solutions by Siemens for product lifecycle management.

Ansaldo STS Australia has obtained an $18.8 million contract from Western Australia's Public Transport Authority to provide a signaling system for a 4.7-mile extension to Perth's metropolitan rail line. Ansaldo will design and deliver the signaling for the extension, which will include the company's MicroLok® interlocking technology, from Clarkson Station to Butler. Ansaldo also will install its Automatic Train Protection technology. The project is expected to take about two years to complete.

Kelso Technologies Inc. has added another 27,000 square feet to its existing leased production facility in Bonham, Texas, bringing the total square feet to 41,000. The company now will have a total of 47,000 square feet of space dedicated to the production of products for the supply of OEM, retrofit and repair customers, including external pressure-relief valves.

GATX Corp. has appointed Eric Harkness vice president, treasurer and chief risk officer. Previously, he was vice president and chief risk officer. Harkness began his career with the company in 2007 as a senior investment risk officer. Prior to joining GATX, he held a variety of roles in the financial services industry.


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