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Germany / Only 33% of funds for new rail connections used

German companies continue to barely make use of funding available for new railway connections. The German government announced this in response to a minor enquiry from the Left Party. The government received a total of just nine applications for railway funding in 2018. With 2,351 connections, the number of companies connected to the network of German state railway DB remained unchanged in comparison to 2017. In 1994, DB had registered a total of 11,742 private rail connections. 80% of the connections have been deactivated since then. The German government has been funding the construction of new rail connections since 2004. Around EUR 131 million has been exercised since then, which corresponds to less than EUR 9 million per year. About 33% of the annually available sum of EUR 14 million has thus not been exercised. The reasons for this low interest are high costs in comparison to truck transport and the bureaucratic burden for a rail connection, which is implemented through a multi-level approval process.
Source: Hase Post 16.04.2019

United Kingdom / Rolls-Royce to deliver MTU hybrid drive systems to IE and Porterbrook

UK manufacturer Rolls-Royce Power Systems has signed contract for the delivery of 13 MTU hybrid drive systems, with nine being delivered to Irish state railway IE and four to UK rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook. Both companies have converted commitments made in 2018 into firm orders (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 25/2018 and Issue 38/2018). The hybrid power systems are to be delivered between May 2020 and the end of 2021, and the companies are evaluating the conversion of significant parts of their fleet to the hybrid drives if the trial run is successful.
Source: Rolls-Royce press release 16.04.2019

Finland / Stadler to deliver 60 locomotives to VR

Finnish state railway VR Group and Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler have signed a contract for the delivery of 60 new diesel-electric locomotives. The new locomotives with a central driver\'s cab can be deployed as shunting locomotives, as well as for the hauling of both freight and passenger trains in single or multiple traction with up to three locomotives. The contract specifies that the first five locomotives will start operations in 2022. The remaining locomotives will be delivered in phases up to the end of 2025. The locomotives will be equipped with radio-based remote controls, Baseline 3 of the European Train Control System (ETCS) together with the local safety system STM-ATP, as well as a vehicle control system of the most recent generation, which also includes remote diagnostic elements. The vehicles have a maximum traction effort of 346 kN and can reach a maximum speed of 120 km/h. This will enable them to haul a 2,000 t train.
Source: Stadler press release 18.04.2019

Czech Republic / SNCF to plan HSR lines for SZDC

Czech railway infrastructure manager SZDC and French state railway SNCF have signed a contract to cooperate on the development of high-speed rail (HSR) lines in the Czech Republic. Through the contract, SNCF will produce extensive design documentation to receive planning permission, as well as project planning for the HSR lines. SZDC is planning to build three HSR lines for passenger transport with speeds of up to 350 km/h by 2025. An HSR line to Dresden is currently being prepared (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 17/2015).
Source: SZDC press release 12.04.2019

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Strategic Management Consultancy Examples

Market and leasing rate forecast within the scope of the acquisition of a leasing company

To support an acquisition by a large European leasing company, SCI Verkehr forecast the future development of the leasing market in Europe and the

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Market and leasing rate forecast within the scope of the acquisition of a leasing company

Customer: Financial investor

To support an acquisition by a large European leasing company, SCI Verkehr forecast the future development of the leasing market in Europe and the leasing rates to be expected. The individual assets were evaluated with regard to their future positioning in the market. Furthermore, SCI Verkehr carried out a forecast of the general market development and competitive situation for rolling stock leasing in Europe. Using the tried-and-tested market and leasing rate forecasts from SCI Verkehr, the investor was able to estimate the portfolio of the leasing company and thus key elements of the target?s market value.

Implementation of changes in the organisation of logistics management

A global player in the beverage industry wants to streamline the management structures of its German logistics sites and position them sustainably.

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Implementation of changes in the organisation of logistics management

Customer: Global player in the beverage industry

A global player in the beverage industry wants to streamline the management structures of its German logistics sites and position them sustainably. After carrying out an implementation project in two pilot regions of Germany, SCI Verkehr made the migration into a new uniform management structure in two other sales regions. The project was carried out in constant coordination with relevant management levels as well as employee representatives.

Analysis market entry infrastructure components

SCI Verkehr is advising a client in entering new business areas. For this, a market overview including the various market segments in the area of

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Analysis market entry infrastructure components

Customer: Rail technology group

SCI Verkehr is advising a client in entering new business areas. For this, a market overview including the various market segments in the area of infrastructure components was developed. This includes track and electrification components as well as control and signalling technology.

Market Analyses Examples

Support of the strategic planning

For a supplier in the rolling stock segment, SCI Verkehr annually provides data on market shares and market volumes for its strategic planning. The

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Support of the strategic planning

Customer: Supplying group

For a supplier in the rolling stock segment, SCI Verkehr annually provides data on market shares and market volumes for its strategic planning. The figures are both differentiated by vehicle segments and regional aspects.

End of Runway Logistics - market targeting by suppliers

In the future, air freight services will be provided more and more as complex logistical solutions within the scope of contracted logistics projects.

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End of Runway Logistics - market targeting by suppliers

Customer: Company for economic development

In the future, air freight services will be provided more and more as complex logistical solutions within the scope of contracted logistics projects. For sites located near international airports this offers the opportunity for new settlements and therefore to generate new jobs. On behalf of a company for economic development SCI Verkehr GmbH is investigating the possibilities for bringing contracted logistics projects relating to air freight to the site. For the initial review of the situation SCI Verkehr carried out interviews with the leading providers of air freight services in Germany. From this review we will develop a strategy for the next steps for the company for economic development.

Analysis of the European inventories of a type of freight wagon and the market structure

In this project SCI Verkehr analysed the European inventories of a type of freight wagon and their trends. Furthermore, we made a detailed analysis

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Analysis of the European inventories of a type of freight wagon and the market structure

Customer: Issuing house

In this project SCI Verkehr analysed the European inventories of a type of freight wagon and their trends. Furthermore, we made a detailed analysis of the ownership structures. The study presents the important market participants (lessors and lessees), purchase and leasing prices, used wagon prices and usage durations for the wagons.

Asset Valuation Examples

Adjustment of assessment model for rolling stock

On behalf of an international credit institute, SCI Verkehr investigated the assumptions of an existing valuation system for rolling stock against

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Adjustment of assessment model for rolling stock

Customer: International financing company

On behalf of an international credit institute, SCI Verkehr investigated the assumptions of an existing valuation system for rolling stock against the background of the regular "Basel 2" valuation. The review concerned the current and future situation in freight and passenger transport, as well as an assessment of the effects on the rolling stock asset values.

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.

Potential of the leasing business in the European rail transport market

On behalf of an Asian conglomerate SCI Verkehr is analysing the development of the rail transport markets in Eastern and Western Europe. The project

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Potential of the leasing business in the European rail transport market

Customer: Asian conglomerate

On behalf of an Asian conglomerate SCI Verkehr is analysing the development of the rail transport markets in Eastern and Western Europe. The project focuses on identifying market potential in the leasing business and developing a market-entry strategy.

Public Consulting Examples

Competency atlas for logistics in Baden-Württemberg

SCI Verkehr developed the contents of a competency atlas for the logistics sector in Baden-Württemberg. This competency atlas presents a compendium

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Competency atlas for logistics in Baden-Württemberg

Customer: Baden-Württemberg Department of Trade and Industry

SCI Verkehr developed the contents of a competency atlas for the logistics sector in Baden-Württemberg. This competency atlas presents a compendium of the particular skills present in a logistics region. One particular feature of the Atlas is its depth and breadth, in other words the quantity and complexity of the information presented. Using the tool provided by the competency atlas for logistics in Baden-Württemberg on the basis of the strengths/weaknesses analysis for logistics, the Department of Trade and Industry has the opportunity to gain respect in the expert community on both a regional and national level.

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Evaluation of vehicle options to support a local transport tender

On behalf of a railway transport company, SCI Verkehr compiled an independent assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of various vehicle

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Evaluation of vehicle options to support a local transport tender

Customer: Railway transport company

On behalf of a railway transport company, SCI Verkehr compiled an independent assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of various vehicle options in connection with a local transport tender. The realistic consideration of the potential operation of new and/or second-hand vehicles played an important role in this evaluation.

Process optimization Examples

Supporting a terminal operator in its appeal against the rejection of an application for funding

An application for funding by a midsized intermodal terminal operator was rejected by the authorisation authority responsible. SCI Verkehr advised

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Supporting a terminal operator in its appeal against the rejection of an application for funding

Customer: Terminal operator

An application for funding by a midsized intermodal terminal operator was rejected by the authorisation authority responsible. SCI Verkehr advised the client on all important aspects of the upcoming appeal proceedings and prepared the reasoning for the appeal. Furthermore, in order to develop a strategy with optimum chances of success, SCI Verkehr gathered additional information on the chances of success of the proceedings and on the optimum course of action by means of background discussions in political circles.

Reorganisation of system transport business processes

Analysis of the daily operational processes in trans-shipping facilities and in administrative areas. Direct support in the implementation of

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Reorganisation of system transport business processes

Customer: Shipping/Logistics company

Analysis of the daily operational processes in trans-shipping facilities and in administrative areas. Direct support in the implementation of suggestions for improvement of daily operations.

Preparation of bidding documents for tenders in eastern Germany

SCI Verkehr supported the transport company in the conceptual and practical preparation of two commuter rail bids in eastern Germany. The services

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Preparation of bidding documents for tenders in eastern Germany

Customer: Commuter rail operator

SCI Verkehr supported the transport company in the conceptual and practical preparation of two commuter rail bids in eastern Germany. The services ranged from the development and assessment of a vehicle concept to conceptual, technical and editorial support to operational and organisational support.