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USA / Renfe to operate HSR line in Texas

Texas Central has selected Renfe, the Spanish rail operator, and Adif, the Spanish infrastructure manager, as strategic partners in the development, construction, commercial development and operation of the 386 km future high-speed rail (HSR) line between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth in a highly competitive tendering process. Renfe will support Texas Central, the development company of the HSR line (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 05/2018), in the further planning of operation and maintenance, and will provide technical support for the design and construction of the high-speed trains (HST), prepare and carry out operation and maintenance and also be responsible for sales.
Source: Renfe press release 10.10.2018

Australia / Roy Hill receives 2 new GE locomotives

Iron ore mining company Roy Hill has received two new diesel locomotives from General Electric (GE), extending its fleet to 23 units in total. The GE Evolution Series trains will operate between the Roy Hill mine in Pilbara and Port Hedland (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 13/2015) and are equipped with high-ambient cooling systems. The individual axle control system enables a maximum traction power of 4,500 horsepower to carry 55 million t per year.
Source: Roy Hill press release 04.10.2018, Railway Age 04.10.2018

New Zealand / KiwiRail receives EUR 110 million investments for Wellington commuter rail

On 9th October 2018, New Zealand Transport Association (NZTA) announced that it would invest EUR 110.2 million in renewing the rail infrastructure and improving the capacity of the Wellington Metro Rail Network. The NZTA funding, through the National Land Transport Fund, supports two business cases: to renew existing rail infrastructure and upgrade the network to allow for future growth. A major focus is on the Wairarapa Line, which will see tracks, sleepers and bridges renewed to remove speed restrictions and increase reliability, and the rail line between Trentham and Upper Hutt will be double-tracked.
Source: KiwiRail press release 09.10.2018

France / 115 new LRVs for T1 line

Iles-de-Frances Mobilités (IdFM) has announced the purchase of 115 light rail vehicles (LRV) for the 18 km T1 line. The LRVs will replace the 35 LRVs acquired in 1992 and 1994. The LRVs are planned to be used for the extension of the T1 line by a total of 14 km from the two endpoints.
Source: Iles de Frances mobilités press release 09.10.2018

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Strategic Management Consultancy Examples

Analysis of German maintenance market

Commissioned by a globally active industrial manufacturer, the maintenance capacity of the short-distance passenger transport market in Germany is

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Analysis of German maintenance market

Customer: Vehicle manufacturer

Commissioned by a globally active industrial manufacturer, the maintenance capacity of the short-distance passenger transport market in Germany is analysed and assessed. In addition, existing and prospective market access conditions are evaluated. Recommendations for a successful strategic positioning as well as different courses of action for the company are also being compiled.

Evaluation of Leasing Fleet Portfolio

Preparing the acquisition of a leasing fleet consisting of different rail vehicle types, SCI Verkehr supported the potential buyer, a leasing

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Evaluation of Leasing Fleet Portfolio

Customer: Leasing company

Preparing the acquisition of a leasing fleet consisting of different rail vehicle types, SCI Verkehr supported the potential buyer, a leasing company, in the appraisal of assets and leasing rates as well as future market development and reuse of the vehicles.

Strategic consultancy for the acquisition of an insolvent company

A locomotive construction company has planned to take over a European rolling stock manufacturer. The target to be acquired has been insolvent. SCI

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Strategic consultancy for the acquisition of an insolvent company

Customer: Russian industrial company

A locomotive construction company has planned to take over a European rolling stock manufacturer. The target to be acquired has been insolvent. SCI Verkehr has overseen the acquisition of the company in an interdisciplinary team of consultancies. SCI Verkehr has focused on the strategic and market-related support of the acquisition process. On the basis of in-depth sector expertise and with the agreement of the investor and the team of consultancies, SCI Verkehr has developed a tactical process for the acquisition and a business plan for the start of operation.

Market Analyses Examples

Analysis of Eastern European operator structures

An analysis of the current organisational structures of leading Eastern European rail operators in connection with the liberalisation of rail

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Analysis of Eastern European operator structures

Customer: Private company

An analysis of the current organisational structures of leading Eastern European rail operators in connection with the liberalisation of rail systems. The overview comprises the key data of the service profiles in freight and passenger transport as well as companies' most important fiscal and commercial figures. Furthermore, SCI Verkehr is carrying out a current product overview of the most important vehicle and infrastructure investments with the focus on existing financing activities and effects of cost targeting and rationalisation programmes.

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Management consulting for the expansion of land-based transport activities

A supplier for rail vehicle interior equipment has requested that SCI Verkehr anaylse the state of its fleets as well as the development of the

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Management consulting for the expansion of land-based transport activities

Customer: Industry

A supplier for rail vehicle interior equipment has requested that SCI Verkehr anaylse the state of its fleets as well as the development of the European rail vehicle market. European sales potential for interior equipment components is being determined in the process, both for new and older vehicles.

Asset Valuation Examples

Appraisal of freight car fleet

On behalf of an international investment company, SCI Verkehr evaluated a large fleet of different types of freight wagons according to the

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Appraisal of freight car fleet

Customer: International investment company

On behalf of an international investment company, SCI Verkehr evaluated a large fleet of different types of freight wagons according to the replacement value after depreciation. A car-specific depreciation according to physical, functional and commercial obsolescence was calculated.

Asset valuation of diesel locomotives

For the issuing of a railway fund, SCI Verkehr analysed market prices, rental rates and asset values of a potential vehicle pool for new and used

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Asset valuation of diesel locomotives

Customer: Financing company

For the issuing of a railway fund, SCI Verkehr analysed market prices, rental rates and asset values of a potential vehicle pool for new and used diesel locomotives on behalf of an international financing company. The analysis was made with the aid of a valuation approach which combines market and technical influence factors and in doing so takes into consideration the reutilisation of the vehicles.

Valuation of a freight wagon portfolio

On behalf of an investor, SCI Verkehr appraised a freight wagon portfolio based on both the DCF approach as well as the DRC approach, meaning based

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Valuation of a freight wagon portfolio

Customer: Freight wagon investor

On behalf of an investor, SCI Verkehr appraised a freight wagon portfolio based on both the DCF approach as well as the DRC approach, meaning based on revenue as well as replacement costs.

Public Consulting Examples

INTELFRET: Intelligent Freight Train - Development of new Technologies for electronic process control of the railway freight transport system

System definition and architecture of an Intelligent Freight Train, including technical feasibility and economical analysis, based on the experiences

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INTELFRET: Intelligent Freight Train - Development of new Technologies for electronic process control of the railway freight transport system

Customer: European Commission

System definition and architecture of an Intelligent Freight Train, including technical feasibility and economical analysis, based on the experiences of the European railways, explicitely DB AG (Germany), SNCF (France) and FS (Italy) and on performance parameters, evaluation criteria and functional specifications to be develloped in the project (partly based on related earlier EC research projects. The project is carried out by German, French, Dutch, Italian and British railway companies, research institutes, industry and consulting firms.

Railway company standards

The German railway network can be used by all certified railway companies. Many companies within and outside of Germany frequently take advantage of

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Railway company standards

Customer: Foundation

The German railway network can be used by all certified railway companies. Many companies within and outside of Germany frequently take advantage of this right. Railway safety may not represent the same level of priority for every user. The study investigates whether or not current guidelines are sufficient. More specifically, it looks at the degree to which set rules can ensure a high safety standard in light of the conditions in a liberalized market. The study should show that a high safety and quality standard can help prevent competitive disadvantages for EVU, thus helping preserve and sustain the system railway?s position in the transport market.

Sector-based system of logistics

SCI Verkehr was commissioned to develop a system for statistical recording in the logistics sector for a statistical state office in Germany. The

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Sector-based system of logistics

Customer: Ministry for Finance and Economy Baden-Württemberg

SCI Verkehr was commissioned to develop a system for statistical recording in the logistics sector for a statistical state office in Germany. The development of this system was based on SCI’s own expertise from more than 10 years of experience with this issue and a number of external statistics.

Profitability Analysis Examples

Analysis freight wagon bogies

On behalf of an Asian freight wagon manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analysed the market for freight wagon bogies in Europe. The analysis was focused on

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Analysis freight wagon bogies

Customer: Asian freight wagon manufacturer

On behalf of an Asian freight wagon manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analysed the market for freight wagon bogies in Europe. The analysis was focused on bogies for high-speed trains for operational speeds of 160 km/h.

Technical/economical assessment of new development and upgrading of a testing centre

On behalf of national and regional authorities, SCI Verkehr examined the new development and upgrading of a testing centre for rolling stock and

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Technical/economical assessment of new development and upgrading of a testing centre

Customer: Public sector

On behalf of national and regional authorities, SCI Verkehr examined the new development and upgrading of a testing centre for rolling stock and infrastructure components in an EU country. This primarily involved the analysis of future test requirements and test potential as well as transferring this information into a technical/economical analysis to identify the optimum upgrade level for the current volume of funding.

Customs procedures for the container traffic Denmark ? German North Sea harbours ? Overseas newly to be installed

The European liberalisation of railway traffic allows the utilisation of the infrastructure by private railway transportation enterprises also across

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Customs procedures for the container traffic Denmark ? German North Sea harbours ? Overseas newly to be installed

Customer: Logistic company

The European liberalisation of railway traffic allows the utilisation of the infrastructure by private railway transportation enterprises also across national borders. However, as opposed to the state railways, the regional railways cannot make use of the simplified common shipping procedure but are subject to the regulating procedures of the common / community shipping procedure. With this report a recommendation was developed for procedural management under the existing conditions.

Process optimization Examples

Customs procedures for the container traffic Denmark ? German North Sea harbours ? Overseas newly to be installed

The European liberalisation of railway traffic allows the utilisation of the infrastructure by private railway transportation enterprises also across

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Customs procedures for the container traffic Denmark ? German North Sea harbours ? Overseas newly to be installed

Customer: Logistic company

The European liberalisation of railway traffic allows the utilisation of the infrastructure by private railway transportation enterprises also across national borders. However, as opposed to the state railways, the regional railways cannot make use of the simplified common shipping procedure but are subject to the regulating procedures of the common / community shipping procedure. With this report a recommendation was developed for procedural management under the existing conditions.

Assessment of planned location changes

A leading company in the food industry is planning to close individual, independently operating logistics locations with storages and commissioning

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Assessment of planned location changes

Customer: Global player in food industry

A leading company in the food industry is planning to close individual, independently operating logistics locations with storages and commissioning in Germany or to re-utilise them as pure cross dock storage. To this end, SCI Verkehr is carrying out a cross check, is providing important advice on potential risks of the planned concept and is suggesting possible amendments to the plan developed by the customer.

Examining the shutdown of a logistics location

A major company in the food industry is intending to close a location in Germany and replace it with a pure cross dock to slim down stocks and save

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Examining the shutdown of a logistics location

Customer: Global player in food industry

A major company in the food industry is intending to close a location in Germany and replace it with a pure cross dock to slim down stocks and save costs. However, the supply quality for customers must not suffer. The task is to examine and assess the planned measures with regard to plausibility and their logistical effect.