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France / Alstom and Bombardier discuss merging transport divisions

According to media reports, Canadian rolling stock and aircraft manufacturer Bombardier and French manufacturer Alstom have been holding preliminary talks in recent months about merging their rail divisions. The latest considerations between Bombardier and Alstom could be subject to antitrust scrutiny, and there is no certainty that they will lead to a transaction. A rail deal is one of several options that the Canadian company is exploring in order to stabilise its portfolio. A takeover of Bombardier\'s rail division by Alstom would be the latest attempt by some of the world\'s largest rolling stock manufacturers to counter the growing competition from China.
Source: Focus Online 21.01.2020

Germany / DB starts production of metal spare parts with 3D printer

German state railway DB is having spare parts made of metal produced in a 3D printer. With 3D printing, DB can produce metal spare parts within a short time, and thus drastically reduce delivery times. This is particularly true for parts that are associated with long delivery times, or which are no longer available. DB\'s goal is to make thousands of different spare parts available via 3D printing by 2021. The high-tech company Trumpf is a manufacturer of 3D printers based in Baden-Württemberg, whose facilities are producing the spare parts for DB. Currently, DB is even able to use metal printing processes in the 3D printer to produce operationally-relevant metal components weighing more than 27 kg for its high-speed trains (HST) of the type ICE. In order to print spare parts even faster and in larger quantities in the future, DB is the first mobility company to have its suppliers certified in 3D printing. TÜV Süd is currently responsible for testing and certification.
Source: DB press release 23.01.2020

United Kingdom / DfT prepares contingency plans for SWR

On 22nd January 2020, the UK\'s Department for Transport (DfT) announced that contingency plans are being drawn up for South Western Railway (SWR) while the company is still meeting its financial commitments under its franchise agreement (((34/2017-55417))). The plans are to be realised in case SWR\'s plan fails. According to the DfT, options include replacing the franchise with a management contract or turning it over to the government\'s Operator of Last Resort (OLR). SWR reported a loss of around EUR 162 million (GBP 137 million) in its financial results up to 31st March 2019. According to SWR\'s auditor Deloitte, there is significant doubt over the company\'s ability to continue as a going concern.
Source: BBC News 22.01.2020

China / Bombardier to maintain 656 HST cars for CR

On 20th January 2020, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation (BST), the Chinese joint venture (JV) of global mobility solution provider Bombardier Transportation, was awarded a contract to provide maintenance services for a total of 656 cars of high-speed trains (HST), equivalent to 71 HSTs. BST manufactured the vehicles for China\'s evolving high-speed rail (HSR) network. The vehicles are being operated by China Railway (CR), which has also awarded the contract to BST. The entire contract is valued at around EUR 321 million (CNY 2.45 Billion). Bombardier owns 50% of BST\'s shares, which is consolidated by Bombardier\'s partner CRRC Sifang. The vehicles include HSTs of the types CRH1A-A, CRH1A, CRH1B, CRH1E and CRH380D. In general, various levels of maintenance are to be carried out. All the maintenance services will be completed by the end of 2020.
Source: Bombardier press release 20.01.2020

Germany / MVG orders 16 electric buses

Munich-based public transport operator MVG has ordered a total of 16 electric buses. The 16 vehicles ordered are eight 12 m long solo buses from Dutch manufacturer Ebusco, which are to be delivered before the end of 2020, and eight 18 m long articulated buses from the Daimler subsidiary EvoBus, four of which are also scheduled for delivery in 2020, and the remaining four for 2021. The purchase costs, including the charging infrastructure, amount to around EUR 12 million, for which funding from the German federal state of Bavaria and the German federal government is being sought. This latest order brings MVG closer to its objective of operating regular bus services largely with battery-powered buses by 2030, by increasing its existing fleet of electric buses. By 2021, the MVG fleet is to grow to 26 electrically-powered solo and articulated buses. In addition, two electric solo buses and articulated buses from Ebusco in lightweight design and two articulated buses from EvoBus are scheduled for delivery in 2020/21. Further procurements are already being prepared.
Source: MVG press release 17.01.2020

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Strategic Management Consultancy Examples

Preparation of bidding documents for tenders in Western Germany

SCI Verkehr supported a private railway company in the strategic and operational calculation and preparation of a bid for transport services in

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Preparation of bidding documents for tenders in Western Germany

Customer: Private railway company

SCI Verkehr supported a private railway company in the strategic and operational calculation and preparation of a bid for transport services in Germany. The aim was to submit an attractive, innovative and cost-efficient offer for rail services to maximize the client’s chance of success in the competition for the transport service contract and to subsequently guarantee sustainable economic success and customer satisfaction. SCI Verkehr performed the conceptual and technical planning, calculation, the editorial preparation and operational and organisational support.

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Strategy presentation rolling stock leasing

On behalf of a rolling stock lessor, SCI Verkehr prepared a strategy presentation comprising market overviews of the European locomotive leasing

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Strategy presentation rolling stock leasing

Customer: Rolling stock lessor

On behalf of a rolling stock lessor, SCI Verkehr prepared a strategy presentation comprising market overviews of the European locomotive leasing market and regional rail transport market.

Market Analyses Examples

Capacities and utilisation rates of European locomotive and freight wagon producers

On behalf of an international leasing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the capacities and utilisation rates of selected manufacturers of locomotives and

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Capacities and utilisation rates of European locomotive and freight wagon producers

Customer: International leasing company

On behalf of an international leasing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the capacities and utilisation rates of selected manufacturers of locomotives and freight wagons in Europe. Taking into consideration the known procurement projects, SCI Verkehr compiled an overview of the current and expected future utilisation rates at the relevant production sites. The study served as the basis for potential vehicle procurements and portfolio expansions in the future.

Creation and updating of a project monitoring tool

For an Asian manufacturer of rolling stock and rolling stock components, SCI Verkehr set up a project monitoring tool that is updated on a monthly

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Creation and updating of a project monitoring tool

Customer: Asian rolling stock manufacturer

For an Asian manufacturer of rolling stock and rolling stock components, SCI Verkehr set up a project monitoring tool that is updated on a monthly basis. This monitoring tool presents the data and facts essential for success and decision making. The client receives information on relevant vehicle projects and can thus develop projects and initiate necessary product developments in good time. The latest results can be accessed at any time in a client-specific internet platform.

Time series on market development of individual vehicle segments

On behalf of a supplier group, SCI Verkehr analyses the deliveries of rolling stock according to segments in a differentiated manner and semiannually

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Time series on market development of individual vehicle segments

Customer: Supplier group

On behalf of a supplier group, SCI Verkehr analyses the deliveries of rolling stock according to segments in a differentiated manner and semiannually provides data for its strategic planning. The figures are regionally differentiated and take into account current drivers in the individual markets.

Asset Valuation Examples

Assessment of dual mode locomotives in Europe

In the context of a purchase of used dual mode locomotives in Europe, SCI Verkehr assesses the current market value of these vehicles taking into

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Assessment of dual mode locomotives in Europe

Customer: Leasing company

In the context of a purchase of used dual mode locomotives in Europe, SCI Verkehr assesses the current market value of these vehicles taking into consideration the income-based DCF valuation approach. Assessment includes a comprehensive documentation comprising valuation method, input parameters, market description and valuation results.

Update valuation of locomotive fleet

SCI Verkehr conducted an update of the valuation of a large locomotive fleet owned by a European leasing company. The fleet comprises diesel and

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Update valuation of locomotive fleet

Customer: Locomotive leasing company

SCI Verkehr conducted an update of the valuation of a large locomotive fleet owned by a European leasing company. The fleet comprises diesel and heavy electric locomotives as well as shunting locomotives used in various Central European countries.The specific focus was on monitoring and updating the inputs as well as a valuation of the current market situation.

Value analysis of local rail transport multiple units

On behalf of a regional credit institute, SCI Verkehr assessed the value developments of double-deck EMUs and DMUs for operation in the German local

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Value analysis of local rail transport multiple units

Customer: National credit institute

On behalf of a regional credit institute, SCI Verkehr assessed the value developments of double-deck EMUs and DMUs for operation in the German local rail transport market. The main focus was on analysing the realistic valuation of the reuse of the rolling stock during and after the concession in Germany and Europe. The value developments were determined with the aid of the SCI Asset Value Tool for rolling stock.

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 particularly on current wage and social standards. The SCI DATABASE, in which all regional rail transport tenders are compiled, serves as basis for this analysis.

Gemischte Wirtschaftskommission Ungarn - NRW (Mixed Economic Commission Hungary - NRW)

Preparation of subject matter, organisation, implementation, and follow-up of the 4th meeting of the mixed economic commission on 06 to 08 June 2001

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Gemischte Wirtschaftskommission Ungarn - NRW (Mixed Economic Commission Hungary - NRW)

Customer: Ministerium für Wirtschaft und Mittelstand, Energie und Verkehr des Landes NRW (The Ministry for Economy and Small Business, Energy and Traffic of State North Rhine-Westphalia)

Preparation of subject matter, organisation, implementation, and follow-up of the 4th meeting of the mixed economic commission on 06 to 08 June 2001 in Düsseldorf. Compilation and analysis of the Hungarian and NRW interests prior to the event, development of a basis for decision making for the client and finalising the agreement following the event. Follow-up of the joint cooperation in the traffic sector.

Strength/weakness analysis of logistics in Baden-Württemberg

The logistics sector is one of the leading sectors in Germany. For a state like Baden-Württemberg, the strengths of which lie in a number of

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Strength/weakness analysis of logistics in Baden-Württemberg

Customer: Baden-Württemberg Department of Trade and Industry

The logistics sector is one of the leading sectors in Germany. For a state like Baden-Württemberg, the strengths of which lie in a number of technological and industrial sectors such as micro-system technology, mechanical engineering and the automobile sector, logistics are of particular relevance as a trans-sectional function. At the same time, the past focus on purely technological issues has led to logistics not being perceived as a core segment. The Baden-Württemberg Department of Trade and Industry has therefore assigned SCI Verkehr compile a strength/weakness analysis regarding logistics in Baden-Württemberg. The objective of the study is to highlight the importance of the industry and identify obstacles for Baden-Württemberg in order to provide the industrial companies situated there today with the optimum conditions for their day-to-day (logistical) work. As a result, SCI Verkehr is going to formulate a logistics strategy for Baden-Württemberg and identify potential flagship projects.

Profitability Analysis Examples

German urban railway systems

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German urban railway systems

Customer: Private industry

Aufgabenträger

Environmental comparison - railway transport

Working for Allianz pro Schiene and in co-operation with the IFEU institute in Heidelberg, SCI Verkehr is preparing the evaluation parameters for an

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Environmental comparison - railway transport

Customer: Allianz pro Schiene

Working for Allianz pro Schiene and in co-operation with the IFEU institute in Heidelberg, SCI Verkehr is preparing the evaluation parameters for an "environmental comparison - rail transport" and their transformation to a transparent and (in view of different framework conditions) just measuring system. It is intended for use as tool for assessing railway transport companies and their rail vehicles in terms of environmental compatibility and under a public competition also as a marketing tool in favor of rail-bound transport.

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Process optimization Examples

Improvement of logistics processes at a site in Baden-Württemberg

A global player in the beverage industry is looking to optimise its logistics processes at a combined production and logistics site in

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Improvement of logistics processes at a site in Baden-Württemberg

Customer: Global player in the beverage industry

A global player in the beverage industry is looking to optimise its logistics processes at a combined production and logistics site in Baden-Württemberg. SCI Verkehr was commissioned to re-work storage processes and logistics interfaces with other divisions such as production, distribution and sales in a collaboration with the management, works committee and employees, and to document the results afterwards.

Implementation and monitoring of structures and processes in a workshop

Following an analysis carried out by SCI Verkehr of existing structures and processes in one of the client?s workshops, the first changes to the

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Implementation and monitoring of structures and processes in a workshop

Customer: Global player in the food industry

Following an analysis carried out by SCI Verkehr of existing structures and processes in one of the client?s workshops, the first changes to the structures at the site have been initiated. The next task for SCI Verkehr was to operationally implement the processes in some areas, change them in a sustainable manner and coach a newly hired workshop manager in his role.

Expert support for planned logistical changes

A midsized brewery planned to make comprehensive changes to its logistical structures based upon the expertise of an external advisor. This mainly

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Expert support for planned logistical changes

Customer: Midsized brewery

A midsized brewery planned to make comprehensive changes to its logistical structures based upon the expertise of an external advisor. This mainly concerned the warehouses at the production site. SCI Verkehr carried out a cross-check of the assumptions and calculations. Furthermore, SCI Verkehr accompanied the dialogue process between the works council and management on the basis of a technical expertise.