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Updates from Timken, Sherwin-Williams, Export-Import Bank, Kyocera Solar and LightWild


• The Timken Co. has supplied axle-bearing assemblies to BEML Ltd. for use on eight prototype coaches being manufactured for the Delhi Metro Rail. Since opening in 2002, all of Delhi Metro Rail’s coaches have been equipped with Timken® axle bearings. Timken also supplies bearing assemblies to the state-owned Indian Railways. Timken’s facility in Jamshedpur manufactures the bearing assemblies. Delhi Metro Rail is expanding into Bangalore, Mumbai and other major Indian cities.

• Sherwin-Williams has changed the name of its Industrial & Marine Coatings division to the Protective & Marine Coatings group. The new name reflects the company’s commitment to protecting its customers’ assets through innovative coatings solutions, Sherwin-Williams said. The group will continue to serve the rail, roads and bridges, marine, water and wastewater, petrochemical, food and beverage, power and other markets. Sherwin-Williams coating formulations include acrylics, alkyds, epoxies, urethanes and zincs.

• Export-Import Bank of the United States provided a $12 million loan to L. B. Foster Co. to export track equipment to Peru. Ferrocarril Transandino S.A. is using proceeds to buy tracks, joint bars, track bolts and rail anchors from L.B. Foster to renovate its track network. The bank also approved an $86.5 million long-term loan to support GE Transportation’s sale of 38 AC44i diesel-electric locomotives to MRS Logistica in Brazil. In addition, the bank facilitated a $20 million revolving line of credit for Nucor Corp. to sell steel plate manufactured in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to a Mexican rail-car builder.

• Kyocera Solar Inc. announced that TESSCO Technologies Inc. has become its official distribution partner for a new line of standard solar power systems targeted to the railroad market. TESSCO will sell Kyocera solar power products through its network of reseller and end-user channels. Kyocera’s standard railroad solar power systems, RR 24/7, recently have undergone design enhancements to improve quality, ease installation and extend longevity, the company said.

• LightWild announced it recently delivered LED light fixtures for use on the exterior facade of 23 Dubai Metro Red Line stations. LightWild's distributor, Gargash Lighting Systems L.L.C., supplied the LEDs for the Dubai Metro, a 43-mile automated rail system that’s scheduled to launch operations in September. The system will feature 47 stations, including nine underground, and elevated viaducts.

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