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Updates from, Siemens, Cambridge Systematics, Kerry Logistics, RailComm, RailRunner and Dialight


• Siemens Mobility has established a Rail Innovation Center of Competence in the United Kingdom. The center is designed to develop new concepts and technologies for the international rail vehicle service business, according to Siemens. The company currently is responsible for the maintenance of more than 370 trains of its Desiro family for seven different operators.

• Cambridge Systematics has appointed James Brogan to head the freight transportation business line. A principal of Cambridge Systematics, he has been with the firm for more than 10 years, most recently serving as office director in Austin, Texas, and as manager of freight transportation in the western United States.

• Kerry Logistics has opened two new logistics centers in Chongqing and Kunshan, China. Both centers will offer storage and a range of services, including reverse logistics, packing and regional distribution or delivery. "The new facilities in Chonqing and Kunshan add to our existing China network of 130 offices and logistics centers, and continue our strategy of expanding our presence in emerging and second-tier cities across the country," said Edwardo Erni, managing director-Mainland China, in a prepared statement.

• A major western railroad has added RailComm's Blue Flag Indicator system (BFI), according to RailComm. The system allows users to apply blue flag protection to fueling tracks through the use of centrally located field control panels. Six BFIs have been installed in pairs at three locations along the railroad’s track.

• RailRunner N.A. Inc. has appointed Christoph Seidelmann to its advisory board. Seidelmann will provide intermodal marketing and business development advice to support the strategic development of RailRunner in Europe. A consultant, he was managing director of the Study Center for Intermodal Transport in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1980 until his retirement in 2009.

• Dialight's new SafeSite® series LED linear fixture has achieved certification to the Class 1, Division 2 standard for use in hazardous locations, according to the company. The product is designed to provide visibility, energy efficiency and low-cost maintenance for locations where there is a potential of flammable gasses or vapors under extreme conditions.

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