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Germany / VDV reports new public transport passenger record for 2018

The German Association of Transport Companies VDV has published the 2018 figures for passengers using regional public transport services, as well as information on ticket revenues and ticket price growth. In 2018, a total of 10.4 billion passengers used buses and trains, thus achieving a record result for the transport companies for the 21st year in a row. Passenger growth of 0.6%, however, was significantly lower than in previous years. The need to modernise and expand infrastructure is an obstacle to further strong growth. There is a shortfall of around EUR 5 billion for the renewal of lines, stops and stations on the urban public transport network. Ticket revenues rose by 1.3% compared to 2017, reaching a total of EUR 12.95 billion. Ticket prices rose by 1.4%, which is below the inflation rate of 1.9%.
Source: VDV press release 13.02.2019

Switzerland / SBB receives bonus for reliability of suburban services in Zurich

In 2018, Swiss state railway SBB made sure that the trains on the suburban rail network around Zurich, which is being administered by the local transport authority ZVV, were extremely reliable in terms of punctuality. As a result of this excellent performance, SBB received a bonus worth EUR 1.8 million (CHF 2 million). Automated time measurements, which have been implemented through infrastructure expansions and numerous timetable adjustments during the past few years, have shown that suburban trains around Zurich were exceptionally punctual and reliable in 2018, and that the operator was able to ensure the vast majority of all connections. As a result, the predefined value, which is bonus neutral, was considerably exceeded. This resulted in a bonus of EUR 1.59 million in terms of automatically measured punctuality. The cleanliness of the trains and the stations as well as information for passengers in case of disruptions were also evaluated. This was realised through passenger surveys in most cases. In this respect, SBB was able to slightly improve the results from 2017. This resulted in a bonus of EUR 210,000.
Source: ZVV press release 08.02.2019

Australia / Momentum Trains consortium to deliver new EMUs for NSW

The government for the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has awarded a contract to the Momentum Trains consortium for the delivery of new electric multiple units (EMU) through the Regional Rail Fleet project. The consortium comprises CAF, UGL Rail Services, Pacific Partnerships, CAF Investment Projects and DIF Infrastructure V Coöperatief. The contract includes project financing, designing, building and maintaining the new regional rail fleet as well as designing, building, maintaining and operating the new purpose-built fleet maintenance facility in Dubbo. NSW TrainLink will continue to operate regional rail services. Momentum Trains will start work on detailed designs for the Dubbo maintenance facility and the new fleet in 2019. The first new EMUs are expected to be running by 2023, with the full fleet coming into service progressively.
Source: Transport for NSW press release 14.02.2019

Germany / DB Systemtechnik modernises 20 AVG mid-floor LRVs

Karlsruhe-based public transport operator Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (AVG) is modernising 20 mid-floor light rail vehicles (LRV) of the type GT8/100D/2S-M from rail vehicle manufacturer Siemens through DB Systemtechnik. In a Europe-wide tendering process, the German state railway subsidiary DB Systemtechnik was awarded the contract for the refurbishment of the LRVs, some of which have been in use by AVG since 1997. In addition, there is an option to repair a further 20 vehicles from this series. AVG has a total of 86 of these vehicles in its fleet. In DB\'s maintenance plant in Wittenberge, Brandenburg, the first two of these AVG LRVs have now been extensively refurbished over the past six months and delivered back to AVG. Before the refurbishment of the LRVs in Wittenberge, AVG had modernised the passenger compartments in its workshops at the Rhine port in Karlsruhe.
Source: AVG press release 08.02.2019

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Plausibility check of an operator?s maintenance strategy with the focus on technical maintenance plants

Checking the plausibility of a plan to reduce capacity and close sites for heavy maintenance. Preparing recommendations for the next steps with the

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Plausibility check of an operator?s maintenance strategy with the focus on technical maintenance plants

Customer: Operator

Checking the plausibility of a plan to reduce capacity and close sites for heavy maintenance. Preparing recommendations for the next steps with the objective of maintaining as many competitive jobs in the maintenance plants as possible.

Appraisal sales organisation of a European rail freight company

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Appraisal sales organisation of a European rail freight company

Customer: European rail freight company

On behalf of a rail freight company active in the European market, SCI Verkehr appraised and developed the company's sales organisation. For this, market-based developments, benchmarks of exemplary companies as well as internal enforceability were taken into account.

Support in restructuring process in rail freight transport

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Support in restructuring process in rail freight transport

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Against the background of the global economic and financial crisis, the need for a short-term reaction and restructuring arose for a leading company in the freight transport sector. SCI Verkehr GmbH provided professional expert support to the client in close consultation with its Management. We reviewed the measures developed, compiled alternative scenarios and provided expert support in negotiations.

Market Analyses Examples

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Logistical site expertise for an administrative district

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For the purpose of establishing expertise as a basis for site marketing in the logistics sector, data and facts on the site were collected and processed and competitive analyses were carried out with other regions. In addition to information already known, SCI Verkehr processed the average transport prices for six selected example routes and verified these in discussions with local logistics companies. The further processing of statistical indicators such as the labour market/skilled personnel, structure of the distribution of commercial industry in the administrative district, existing networks and procurement markets for industry and trade ultimately led to a derivation of the logistical marketing strategy.

Market analysis for a track construction company

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Market analysis for a track construction company

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SCI Verkehr supported the Danish market entry of an expanding track construction company. Thanks to SCI?s knowledge of the country, market and certified railway companies, regionally and nationally active railway transport companies were determined for the client. This selection enabled the delivery of an evaluation and recommendation of possible certified railway companies. The construction work has since been finalized, to the full satisfaction of the contractor and client.

Price analysis for locomotives in Europe

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Price analysis for locomotives in Europe

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A large European freight and passenger transport company is planning to procure new electric locomotives. Accompanying this tender, SCI Verkehr determined the price development of electric locomotives in Europe. The analysis was carried out by geographical differentiation and power classes as well as country packages. Trends and drivers were determined on the basis of SCI Datenbank and talks with European insiders about acquisitions.

Asset Valuation Examples

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Value appraisal for regional multiple units for local rail transport concessions

Customer: International banking house

On behalf of a leasing company, SCI Verkehr assessed the value development of EMUs that are to be operated in the German local rail transport market. For this purpose, various vehicle versions were taken into consideration with various divisibilities and different reuse scenarios. The calculation was carried out by means of an asset value analysis and a DCF analysis.

Fair value determination of electric and diesel locomotives

On behalf of a funding company, SCI Verkehr determined the fair value of electric and diesel locomotives in cooperation with a technical expert. The

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Fair value determination of electric and diesel locomotives

Customer: Railway funds

On behalf of a funding company, SCI Verkehr determined the fair value of electric and diesel locomotives in cooperation with a technical expert. The value is determined using the cost-based DRC approach taking into account the market and competitive situation in the respective country markets.

Value analysis of double-deck multiple units

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Value analysis of double-deck multiple units

Customer: Financial services provider

On behalf of a financing credit institution, SCI Verkehr is examining the asset value development of electric double-deck multiple units over their entire life-cycle. The investigation uses the ?Asset Value Tool? developed by SCI Verkehr and includes both an analysis of the technical vehicle value as well as statements about the possible re-use of the multiple units in the case of further utilisation of the vehicles. The evaluation is carried out paying particular attention to competition from locomotive-hauled double-deck wagon trains.

Public Consulting Examples

Railway Initiative North-Rhine Westfalia

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Railway Initiative North-Rhine Westfalia

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The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has a strong railway technology industry and is home to many important universities, service providers and the most important European railway companies. To further strengthen this sector, the state has started the Railway Initiative North Rhine-Westfalia. SCI Verkehr provides technical support and recommendations for the initiative.

International prospects in the German railway industry

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International prospects in the German railway industry

Customer: Hans Boeckler Foundation

Within the scope of the research project of the Hans Boeckler Foundation, SCI Verkehr GmbH is analysing the impact of internationalisation on the prospects of the medium-sized railway industry in Germany. The focus is set on Eastern Europe. Using three case studies, potential changes in value creation structures will be presented and innovation requirements from the point view of the supply industry will be analysed and assessed. The report is going to be presented in the scope of a congress towards the end of 2007.

eDex - the e-logistics index of the LOG-IT Club e.V.

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eDex - the e-logistics index of the LOG-IT Club e.V.

Customer: LOG-IT Club e.V.

The eDex is an indicator calculated at regular intervals, which is compiled and maintained by SCI Verkehr on behalf of the LOG-IT-Club e.V. The eDex indicates the economic situation within the industry and the future situation in the e-logistics industry. In June 2004 the eDex started surveying 150 companies representative of the e-logistics sector with regard to size, products and other indicators. The methodology of the analysis is partly based on the Ifo Business Climate Index as well as the SCI/logistics barometer. The eDax is not only used to query short-term, cyclical expectations, but also long-term, growth-related trends.

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LCC-/Feasibility Study of Modern Freight Wagons

In the context of a research project, SCI Verkehr analyses the efficiency, i.e. Life Cycle Costs (LCC) of different freight wagons in operation.

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LCC-/Feasibility Study of Modern Freight Wagons

Customer: Federal Ministry

In the context of a research project, SCI Verkehr analyses the efficiency, i.e. Life Cycle Costs (LCC) of different freight wagons in operation. Therefore, a LCC model is designed which particularly assesses the use of innovative components in an economical manner. Not only investment and operating costs, but the entire freight wagon in operation is assessed. In doing so, the cost/benefit analysis is not restricted to wagon owners, and advantages for operators, shippers and the environment can also be taken into account and evaluated.

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Process optimization Examples

Project management reorganisation sales

On behalf of an international transport company, SCI Verkehr took on the management of a project entailing reorganising the sales department. The

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Project management reorganisation sales

Customer: International transport company

On behalf of an international transport company, SCI Verkehr took on the management of a project entailing reorganising the sales department. The project is aimed at developing a uniform sales organisation as well as professionalising the public image. SCI Verkehr supports the customer in organising the project and in terms of content-related sparring.

Preparation of a bid for commuter rail transport in northern Germany

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Preparation of a bid for commuter rail transport in northern Germany

Customer: Railway company

SCI Verkehr supported the railway company in the strategic and operational preparation of a bid for transport services in northern Germany. The objective was to submit an attractive, innovative and reasonably priced bid for rail services. SCI Verkehr performed the conceptual and technical planning, the editorial preparation and operational and organisational support.

Future workshop logistics

The works committee and logistics management of a global player in the food industry intended to initiate an open dialogue about the future

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Future workshop logistics

Customer: Global player in the food industry

The works committee and logistics management of a global player in the food industry intended to initiate an open dialogue about the future optimisation of logistical processes with external support. By conducting talks with both sides, SCI Verkehr prepared the dialogue, hosted the meetings of a joint working group and provided specialist input with the aim of developing a common perception of the logistical future of the company.