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Updates from Wabtec, Mitsubishi, T.Y. Lin, Ansaldo STS, RailComm and Johnson Matthey


• Wabtec Corp. has formed a joint venture, Wabtec Golden Bridge Transportation Technology Co., in China to manufacture couplers for the Chinese transit market. The joint venture received its first order, a $7 million contract to provide couplers for subway cars for the Hangzhou Metro line in Zhenjiang province. The joint venture is owned by Wabtec and Hangzhou Golden Bridge Railway Equipment Co. Ltd.

• Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) and Hitachi Ltd. have entered into an agreement to work cooperatively on intra-city railway systems for overseas markets. Under the agreement, MHI and Hitachi will work together in fields ranging from marketing to design, manufacturing, procurement, engineering, construction, installation, maintenance and development.

• Infrastructure consulting firm T.Y. Lin International named Joseph Pizzurro director of transit/rail engineering for its New York City office. He will be responsible for leading teams on projects for various transit/rail agencies. Previously Pizzurro served as AECOM’s associate vice president and senior project manager for transit/rail.

• Ansaldo STS has received a $51.9 million contract from the Genoa, Italy, metro to extend the depot at its Dinegro station. The work is intended to prepare both the sheltered/shunting area and maintenance workshop for the metro’s new 128-foot trains. The contract also calls for building a parking lot with approximately 150 car spaces and 50 motorcycle spaces over the depot. The project is expected to be completed by March 2012.

• RailComm will modify its Domain Operations Controller system at CSX Transportation's Boyles Yard in Birmingham, Ala., to add graphical control for additional switch and gate locations. RailComm’s 2.4 Ghz RADiANT data radios will provide a wireless communications network to link the office with field locations.

• Johnson Matthey named Jeffrey Sherman business manager for the company’s stationary emissions control group’s industrial processes and engines business unit. He will be responsible for managing the group’s North American activities. Previously Sherman was vice president and general manager for Ransome Engine.

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