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Germany / Bombardier to deliver 20 additional Traxx locomotives to Railpool

Bombardier Transportation has received orders for the delivery of 20 electric locomotives of type Traxx from rolling stock leasing company Railpool. The contracts include an option for 20 additional vehicles. According to list prices, the total value of the contracts amounts to around EUR 74 million (USD 85 million). The first locomotives of the Traxx 3 platform equipped with a last mile diesel engine are scheduled to be delivered during the second half of 2019 (H2/2019). Railpool, which was established in Munich in 2008, is active in 14 countries in Europe with a fleet of over 400 locomotives. Together with the locomotives ordered now, Railpool will have more than 217 Traxx locomotives in its fleet (see e.g. SCI RAILDATA Issue 34/2017).
Source: Bombardier press release 20.12.2018

France / Passenger transport increased again in 2017

On 11th December 2018, French regulation authority Arafer presented its 2017 market report for rail passenger transport operations among other things. During the year in question, around 3.8 million passengers used rail transport, of which 87% were registered for the contractually regulated TER and Transilien train services. With a total of 92.4 billion person-km, the transport performance increased for the first time in six years by 7%, which is a higher increase than was registered in air and road transport with increases of 4% and 0.4% respectively. Through the commissioning of new vehicles with a higher capacity, especially double-deck trains, the average train utilisation was able to be increased by 1.6% to 44%. According to Arafer, rail passenger transport is currently holding a market share of 10% in domestic passenger transport operations of almost 10%. Passenger transport operators generated revenues of more than EUR 13.7 billion, of which EUR 8.4 billion are commercial earnings (+8.2%) and EUR 5.4 billion are public grants. However, the authority is expecting a decline of this positive development as a result of the ongoing strikes.
Source: Arafer press conference, La Croix 11.12.2018

Switzerland / SBB plans Hyperloop test circuit

On behalf of Swiss state railway SBB, a test circuit for a Hyperloop system is planned to be constructed in Valais. The Zurich-based research organisation EuroTube has initiated the construction and is responsible for the design and the project planning among other things. According to the most recent status of the plans, the construction of the test circuit in Collombey-Muraz in Valais is scheduled to start in the second half of 2019 (H2/2019) at the earliest. The municipality located in Lower Valais is the preferred site, as the terrain is very flat and has only a few obstacles. The research and test circuit will be designed for speeds of up to 900 km/h.
Source: Blick.ch 13.12.2018

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Strategic Management Consultancy Examples

European rail transportation company

On behalf of a European transportation company, SCI Verkehr analysed delivery difficulties for Intercity rail cars in Europe from 2000. Special

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European rail transportation company

Customer: Analysis of supply difficulties of rail cars in Europe

On behalf of a European transportation company, SCI Verkehr analysed delivery difficulties for Intercity rail cars in Europe from 2000. Special emphasis was placed on the identification of causes and deducible systematic problems of occurring delivery delays. The transport company wants to use the results for risk minimisation measures for future vehicle purchases.

Appraisal of the integration of municipal infrastructures

A municipal transport operator had developed several models for an integrated management of all kinds of public infrastructure administered by the

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Appraisal of the integration of municipal infrastructures

Customer: Municipal transport operator

A municipal transport operator had developed several models for an integrated management of all kinds of public infrastructure administered by the city, resulting in either one single or several single-handed companies. In cooperation with another consultancy, SCI Verkehr GmbH assessed the respective implications in the fields of profitability, taxes/legislation, competition, quality of service (esp. public transport and supply of electricity), organisation and corporate ownership. All implications were appraised and a discrete proposal was submitted.

Make-or-buy decision for a railway equipment company

By providing an analytical comparison of different options for action and a corresponding profitability calculation, SCI Verkehr assists an

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Make-or-buy decision for a railway equipment company

Customer: Industry

By providing an analytical comparison of different options for action and a corresponding profitability calculation, SCI Verkehr assists an industrial company in a "Make or Buy" decision. The matter is that of a purchased part which could be purchased at lower cost if the provisioning process was optimized or should better be made "in-house".

Market Analyses Examples

Vehicle procurement list for strategic planning

On behalf of a global industrial company, SCI Verkehr made a global project list including the most important current and expected future vehicle

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Vehicle procurement list for strategic planning

Customer: International industrial company

On behalf of a global industrial company, SCI Verkehr made a global project list including the most important current and expected future vehicle projects. The project list was updated every three months and comprises the vehicle segments high-speed trains, multiple units, passenger coaches, metro cars as well as light-rail vehicles and trams.

Management workshop on local rail transport financing

On behalf of a leading European infrastructure fund, SCI Verkehr held a management workshop for local rail vehicle financing in Germany. The aim of

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Management workshop on local rail transport financing

Customer: European infrastructure fund

On behalf of a leading European infrastructure fund, SCI Verkehr held a management workshop for local rail vehicle financing in Germany. The aim of the workshop was to identify market potentials regarding vehicle financing for the customer.

Analysis of freight wagon fleets of selected owners

In this project, SCI Verkehr analyses the freight wagon portfolios of selected owners. This is necessary as the client as a freight wagon rental

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Analysis of freight wagon fleets of selected owners

Customer: Freight wagon rental company

In this project, SCI Verkehr analyses the freight wagon portfolios of selected owners. This is necessary as the client as a freight wagon rental company has to react proactively to market changes and therefore requires extensive knowledge about the freight wagon fleets in the regions in which it operates.

Asset Valuation Examples

Appraisal of used regional Electric Multiple Units

On behalf of a transport company, SCI Verkehr appraised the current replacement value of used Electric Multiple Units currently in operation in the

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Appraisal of used regional Electric Multiple Units

Customer: Rail transport company

On behalf of a transport company, SCI Verkehr appraised the current replacement value of used Electric Multiple Units currently in operation in the German regional rail transport. The depreciation is was carried out by means of the Depreciated Replacement Cost (DRC) method and is integrated into the company’s accounting.

Value analysis of a track laying machine

On behalf of a leasing company, SCI Verkehr assessed the current value of a used track laying machine. The analysis took into consideration a vehicle

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Value analysis of a track laying machine

Customer: Financing company

On behalf of a leasing company, SCI Verkehr assessed the current value of a used track laying machine. The analysis took into consideration a vehicle benchmark of comparable new vehicles and an estimate of potential secondary markets in Germany and abroad.

Analysis and forecast of price development for passenger vehicles in Europe

On behalf of an international leasing company, SCI Verkehr identified, evaluated and verified by means of expert interviews the key factors

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Analysis and forecast of price development for passenger vehicles in Europe

Customer: International leasing company

On behalf of an international leasing company, SCI Verkehr identified, evaluated and verified by means of expert interviews the key factors (especially the manufacturer landscape) influencing the development of the price of rail passenger vehicles. We then forecast the price development for the period 2008?2012 and derived scenarios for the period 2012?2017. Using the results, SCI was able to provide the client with relevant recommendations for future action.

Public Consulting Examples

Monitoring regional rail transport tenders Germany

On behalf of a transport industry association, SCI Verkehr compiles an overview of all German regional rail transport tenders from 2016 to 2025,

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Monitoring regional rail transport tenders Germany

Customer: Transport industry association

On behalf of a transport industry association, SCI Verkehr compiles an overview of all German regional rail transport tenders from 2016 to 2025, which is updated on a regular basis. Focus is placed on current wage and social standards, in particular. The SCI DATABASE, in which all announced and expected regional rail transport tenders are compiled systematically, serves as basis for this analysis.

Consultancy services and assistance in updating a concept for waterway transport and ports

In cooperation with project partners, SCI Verkehr revised an already existing waterway and port concept. We concretised and adjusted the transport

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Consultancy services and assistance in updating a concept for waterway transport and ports

Customer: Transport ministry

In cooperation with project partners, SCI Verkehr revised an already existing waterway and port concept. We concretised and adjusted the transport targets and principles of the state government, created a new chapter entitled ?Transport and Logistics?, added the chapter ?Environmental/Climate Protection? and derived possible contracts or manageable political concepts for action for the state government from the possible options for action. The new concept was aligned with the port industry and federal government?s master plan for transport and logistics. The aim of the concept was to clarify the importance of inland water transportation and ports for Germany.

Management LOG-IT CLUB

Since the foundation of the LOG-IT Club e.V. in November 2002, SCI Verkehr has conducted the business of the association. This includes the support

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Management LOG-IT CLUB

Customer:

Since the foundation of the LOG-IT Club e.V. in November 2002, SCI Verkehr has conducted the business of the association. This includes the support of the association committees, account management, budgetary control and acceptance of new members.

Profitability Analysis Examples

Benchmarking of production techniques and construction materials

On behalf of a supplier of sub-systems, SCI Verkehr has benchmarked different production methods and construction materials for a component.

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Benchmarking of production techniques and construction materials

Customer: Supplier of sub-systems

On behalf of a supplier of sub-systems, SCI Verkehr has benchmarked different production methods and construction materials for a component. Especially the comparison between railway technology and other mobile applications is supposed to illustrate adaptation possibilities of solutions from other areas.

Commercial Due Diligence of bus manufacturer

On behalf of a financial investor, SCI Verkehr conducted a commercial due diligence on a globally active bus manufacturer. Focus was put on the

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Commercial Due Diligence of bus manufacturer

Customer: Financial investor

On behalf of a financial investor, SCI Verkehr conducted a commercial due diligence on a globally active bus manufacturer. Focus was put on the analysis of future development potential of the core markets as well as the future expected competitive situation of the target. Moreover, a business plan entailing the assumptions of the management regarding the target’s development opportunities was examined.

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Process optimization Examples

Support tram tender

SCI Verkehr supported an Asian manufacturer of rolling stock in a European tram tender process. This included an analysis of the tender documents and

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Support tram tender

Customer: Rolling stock manufacturer

SCI Verkehr supported an Asian manufacturer of rolling stock in a European tram tender process. This included an analysis of the tender documents and preparatory background talks as well as the recommendation of a suitable product and project strategy.

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.

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.