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Rail supplier news from RailSolutions, Thales, Bombardier, Alstom, TranSystems and Cyient (Dec. 29)

The SNCB in Belgium placed an order for 204 double-deck M7 railcars.
Photo – Bombardier


RailSolutions LLC’s board appointed Mike Mahoney as president effective Jan. 1, 2021. He will take over for Rob Blankemeyer, who will continue to serve as senior vice president. Mahoney has 40 years of experience in railroad equipment leasing, valuation and financing, RailSolutions officials said in a press release. He previously served as the company's SVP and held various senior management roles with Helaba and DVB Bank, GE Capital and NatWest Markets.

Thales SEC Transport's (TST) TSTCBTC®2.0 rail signaling system has received the China Urban Rail Certification, making it the first certified communications-based train control (CBTC) product in China’s metro history, TST officials said in a press release. The certification signifies that the system complies with the most stringent standards in the country, providing the highest quality system to operators and the maximum safety to passengers, TST officials said. TSTCBTC®2.0 is in operation on the Shanghai Line 5 and on metro networks across China.

The Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Belges (SNCB) in Belgium placed a $546 million order with a consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation and Alstom for 204 double-deck M7-type multifunctional rail car coaches. This order is part of a 2015 framework agreement to supply up to 1,362 M7 cars to SNCB. Previously, SNCB ordered 445 double-deck M7 coaches. The delivery of this order is underway. About 40 of these 445 cars will be in service by the end of this week, Bombardier officials said in a press release.

Zurich Public Transport operator VBZ awarded a $194 million contract to Bombardier Transportation for 40 additional Bombardier Flexity low-floor trams for service in Zurich. The order is part of an option under a contract that VBZ awarded to Bombardier in 2017. That contract called for 70 Flexity trams with an option for a further 70, Bombardier officials said in a press release.

TranSystems promoted Larry Kirchner to principal and senior vice president. He leads the firm’s national bridge practice and has more than 30 years of experience in structural design and project management for rail, bridge and roadway construction projects, TranSystems officials said in a press release.

Thales awarded Cyient the 2020 Supplier Performance Award for excellence in delivery performance on several initiatives including design engineering and manufacturing. Thales issues the award annually to recognize suppliers across different categories for achieving excellence in execution. Cyient achieved a Class A rating from Thales for on-time delivery performance, Cyient officials said in a press release.


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