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Rail supplier news from Amsted Rail, DB, Bombardier, Thales, Keolis and Hub Group (Nov. 25)

Michael Carter
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Amsted Rail named Michael Carter president. Carter has 30 years of experience across multiple divisions of parent company Amsted Industries. Most recently president of Amsted Seals, he previously served as chief financial officer of Amsted Rail. Carter succeeds John Wories, who is stepping down from his role after a career spanning 50 years. Wories will become a senior adviser.  

Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German national railway company, has joined the U.S. High Speed Rail Association as a global member. As part of the association, DB will support high-speed rail efforts in the United States, according to the Global Railway Review.

China State Railway Group Co. Ltd. awarded Bombardier Sifang Transportation Ltd. (BST) a $248 million contract to supply 112 CR300AF rail cars for China’s high-speed rail network. The cars will be configured into 14 eight-car trainsets with an operating speed of 155 mph, Bombardier officials said in a press release. Bombardier Transportation owns 50% of the shares in BST, which is consolidated by CRRC Sifang Rolling Stock Co. Ltd. Meanwhile, Bombardier Transportation announced it will establish an Engineering Academy in Cairo to develop the next generation of Bombardier engineers for its mobility projects in Egypt and beyond. 

Egyptian National Railways (ENR) is replacing its existing mechanical signaling systems with Thales’ Electronic Interlocking System across three of the ENR’s major lines from Cairo to Alexandria, Cairo to Benha, and Asyut to Nagahamadi. Thales has commissioned seven new stations over the last six months, Thales officials said in a press release. 

The public transport authority of Jiaxing, China, awarded Shanghai Keolis a five-year contract to operate and maintain the city’s tram network under a new joint venture called Shenjia. The tram network is is the city’s first and will open in July 2021. This will be the first Keolis-operated public transport network in China outside Shanghai, Keolis officials said in a press release.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored Hub Group Inc. with its eighth SmartWay Excellence Award for improving freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. Meanwhile, the American Logistics Aid Network awarded Hub Group its 2020 Humanitarian Logistic Award for donating 211 refrigerated trailers to 59 nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 crisis when temperature-controlled storage was in demand.

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