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Updates from Bombardier, Corys Thunder, Axion and Parsons Brinckerhoff


• Rhein-Neckar-Vekehr GmbH (RNV) has ordered 11 new low-floor trams from Bombardier Transportation for $47 million. The contract is an option from a contract signed in 1998. The trams are equipped with Bombardier’s Mitrac Energy Saver technology for recuperating braking energy. With this order, a total of 30 RNV trams will be equipped with the Mitrac technology, according to Bombardier.

• Corys Thunder Inc. has obtained a $1.5 million contract from Wabtec Railway Electronics to install a positive train control (PTC) module on one cab and one desktop simulator to be used in PTC training solutions at Metrolink. The order represents the fourth PTC training module that Corys has sold to the North American rail industry. The firm’s parent company, Corys Tess, is a global supplier of training simulators, particularly in the European market where ERTMS modules have been delivered since 2008, according to the company.

• Axion International has appointed Marc Solda executive vice president. He has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in the plastics industry, where he has been active in the development, strategy, operation and marketing of plastic products for Fortune 500 companies. His appointment is a “crucial step” as Axion prepares to strengthen its material sourcing network and expand manufacturing capacity, according to the company, which provides plastic composite crossties. In his new role, Solda will lead Axion’s efforts to establish efficient supply chain management, cost controls and global quality standards.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Alex Karakhanov supervising estimator in the Honolulu office. He will be responsible for preparing estimates for infrastructure projects, as well as reviewing change orders and claims on the Honolulu Rail Transit project. He has more than 26 years of experience in planning, estimating and value engineering for transit, power, highway and bridge projects.


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