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1/31/2013



Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight

Rail supplier updates from RTS Holdings, Siemens, Eurotech, Bombardier, BMT and Georgetown Rail (Jan .31)


RTS Holdings L.L.C. has acquired key operating assets of RoadLink Transportation Solutions and affiliated operating entities. Launched as RoadOne™ IntermodalLogistics, the company aims o take a "leading position in the intermodal transportation and related logistics marketplace," according to a press release. Company co-founder Ken Kellaway will serve as president and chief executive officer, and co-founder David McLaughlin will serve as chief operating officer. Based in Boston, RoadOne will operate more than 40 faciltiies with 1,000 drayage tractors in key intermodal locations in North America.

The Austrian State Railways is set to order the first 100 regional Desiro ML-type trainsets from a master agreement with Siemens, which was awarded the contract in 2010. The order is worth $677.7 million. The three-unit electric trainsets are slated for delivery at 2015's end.

Eurotech, a supplier of embedded technologies, products and systems, has obtained a $1.6 million order from Alstom Italy to supply onboard embedded equipment for railway applications. Deliveries will occur over the next two to three years, according to a Eurotech press release.

Bombardier Transportation and the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, have extended for another five years their agreement to cooperate on railway research. The original agreement that ran from 2007 to 2012 resulted in several successful projects, including a video monitoring system for driverless rail vehicles and new methods to calculate the structural dynamics of trams and light-rail vehicles, Bombardier officials said in a prepared statement. The joint program also contributed to the development of the Bombardier TRAXX multi-engine locomotive.

The Samsung-Hsin Chong Joint Venture has appointed BMT Asia Pacific to provide system assurance and risk management for the Kowloon city section of the Shatin-to-Central Rail Link project in Hong Kong. BMT will help identify, document and manage operational hazards that affect the railway, as well as potential risks that affect the project delivery and those related to design for safety and constructibility, according to a BMT press release. BMT also will conduct a reliability, availability and maintainability analysis.

Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. (GREX) has hired Gregory Bilhartz to serve in the newly created position of director, business development. He will assist GREX in developing emerging domestic and foreign markets to promote technological solutions for the rail industry, and will report to Vice President-Marketing and Sales Lynn Turner. Bilhartz has been involved in business development and strategic program management associated with the international defense industry for more than 15 years.


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