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The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) will hold its annual conference virtually Sept. 13-17. The meeting was changed to an online event to protect the health and safety of its attendees, AREMA officials announced in an email. The AREMA 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo will include nearly 80 technical presentations, keynote addresses from Kevin Brown and Tony Hatch, panel discussions and virtual meetings with exhibitors.
Alstom acquired Ibre, a French company focused on development, manufacture and supply of cast iron or steel brake discs for high-speed, intercity and regional trains. Ibre has been renamed Alstom Ibre and is now an Alstom subsidiary. The acquisition enables Alstom to reinforce internal capabilities regarding railway braking systems, which are essential to the overall dynamic performance of trains, Alstom officials said in a press release.
SENER appointed Andres Sendagorta president to succeed Jorge Sendagorta, who will remain involved in the company as honorary president. Andres Sendagorta previously served as SENER’s vice president and board director. He also is president of the SENER Foundation. The company also named Jorge Sendagorta Cudos chief executive officer to succeed Jorge Unda. Sendagorta Cudos previously served as managing director of SENER Engineering, energy project manager and country manager of SENER in Mexico.
VTG is rebranding its Transpetrol rail logistics services in Poland to VTG Rail Logistics Polska. The renaming will provide more clarity and solidify a uniformed market presence in Europe, VTG officials said in a press release. VTG Rail Logistics Polska offers freight forwarding services with a special focus on transporting dangerous and agricultural goods, as well as intermodal transport, officials said.
The League of Railway Women (LRW) announced two scholarship opportunities are open until July 10. LRW’s Connie Sumara Memorial Scholarship awards $2,000 to a woman pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree and seeking to further her career in the rail industry. The Future of Railroading Scholarship awards $1,000 to a student pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree with an interest in supporting the rail industry.
VIA Rail Canada Inc. developed a system to support, automate and optimize business processes associated with train scheduling, fleet management and related operations, based on SISCOG’s Ontime and Fleet software products. The system allowed VIA Rail to run one fewer train sets but increase overall available seats to reduce operational costs, SISCOG officials said in a press release.