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Rail supplier news from Alstom, The Andersons, Thales, Abloy and IMC (Nov. 1)

Alstom will test its Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger train on track in the Netherlands.
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Alstom will conduct a two-week test of its Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger train on track between Groningen and Leeuwarden, Netherlands, in first-quarter 2020. The test's objective is to demonstrate that hydrogen fuel cell technology is an appropriate way to achieve zero-emissions rail traffic on nonelectrified lines in the Netherlands diesel trains now operate, Alstom officials said in a press release.

The Andersons Inc. hired Christine Castellano as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective in February 2020. Castellano will succeed Naran Burchinow, who will retire in March 2020 after more than 15 years at The Andersons, company officials said in a press release. Castellano is the former SVP, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer for Ingredion Inc.

Thales signed a contract with rolling stock manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A. to supply and integrate onboard control systems for a new fleet of 43 trains on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in London. Thales also signed a contract with Transport of London (TfL) to provide signaling system upgrades to the software sub systems on the new DLR trains. Both contracts run through September 2024.

Abloy USA added wholesale distributor IDN Inc. to its network. The IDN’s Acme and Hardware Sales divisions will distribute Aboly’s security solutions throughout the United States. IDN provides security products, access control solutions and related services to security professionals.

IMC Cos. acquired TRANSInternational System and will merge its operations into Ohio Intermodal Services, Intermodal Cartage Co., DNJ Intermodal Services and Atlantic Intermodal Services. The acquisition significantly increases IMC’s truck capacity and further solidifies its position as one of the largest marine drayage company in the United States, IMC officials said in a press release. The acquisition also significantly bolsters IMC’s presence in the Ohio Valley, officials said.