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Norway / Newly elected government to reduce competition in rail transport 

The newly elected Norwegian government has presented a programme to strengthen rail transport in the country which includes the termination of competition, splitting up and privatising the railway, and stopping the ongoing tendering of railway lines in Norway. A part of the programme will be capacity increases for both passenger and rail freight transport, and a review of the current organisation of the railway sector to achieve a simpler organisation and a clearer division of responsibilities between the transport ministry, the railway directorate and infrastructure manager Bane NOR.
Source: Bane NOR press release 14.10.2021

Belgium / Government to invest EUR 2 million per year in night services

Georges Gilkinet, the Belgian Minister of Mobility, has announced EUR 2 million per year from the federal government for the development of night train services. In a survey conducted by the Federal Public Service (FPS) for Mobility in August 2021, 62% of Belgians had indicated interest in this mode of transport. Currently, the service in Belgium is limited to the Brussels - Vienna line, which is served by the Nightjet trains of Austrian state railway (ÖBB) (((50/2020-88282))). According to the Minister of Transport, the funds are intended to encourage new night transport providers by providing direct support.
Source: Belgian Mobility Ministry press release 14.10.2021

Poland / PKP Intercity tenders leasing of 5 diesel locomotives

Polish long-distance transport operator PKP Intercity has published a tender for the leasing of five diesel locomotives. Bids can be submitted until 5th November 2021, with the vehicles scheduled to be delivered by 30th December 2021. The leasing term is to be three years with an option for an extension for another year. 
Source: Rynek Kolejowy 20.10.2021

Spain / Hitachi Rail to maintain ETR 1000 HSTs for Ilsa

Spanish private high-speed rail (HSR) operator Ilsa has awarded Hitachi Rail España a contract worth EUR 737 million for the maintenance of its new fleet of 20 high-speed trains (HST) of the ETR 1000 series. The 30-year contract covers the maintenance of the vehicles until 2052. The measures will be realised at a site in Madrid. Ilsa will begin its operations in the second half of 2022 (H2/2022), connecting Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Seville, Málaga and Córdoba (((05/2021-90553))). The operator recently received the first of the new HSTs (((36/2021-100293))).
Source: Hitachi press release 21.10.2021

France / Alstom to sell Aptis electric bus subsidiary 

French railway technology supplier Alstom is planning to sell Aptis, its subsidiary for electric buses, by the end of 2021. If this is not successful, operations are to be discontinued. According to Alstom, Aptis has not benefited from the significant growth of the electric bus market in France and Europe. Aptis has so far received orders for 87 buses, of which 62 have yet to be delivered.
Source: Rail Business 21.10.2021

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A leading chemical logistics company which maintains its own truck fleet in addition to using external capacities is looking to finalise the integration of said fleet. External acquisitions had led to a rapid expansion in fleet size and since the fleet also serves as the service department for the business units of the company, various interfaces have developed. SCI Verkehr was tasked with changing the organisational structures of the fleet and re-defining the interfaces. In addition, the next organisational model had to be scalable and usable for other acquisitions.

Due diligence support fleet of regional railcars

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Due diligence support fleet of regional railcars

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On behalf of a potential buyer, SCI Verkehr analysed the risks and opportunities of investing in a fleet of regional rail cars and carried out an analysis of electrical and diesel multiple units. The focus of this analysis was on the possibilities of reuse on existing lines as well as other networks in the German regional passenger rail transport.

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Market Analysis for Shunting Locomotives of Powers up to 2,000kW in Central Europe

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SCI Verkehr has developed the foundations for making decisions regarding future product portfolio orientation of a midsized German manufacturer of shunting locomotives. For this purpose, SCI Verkehr has analysed the procurement demand from industrial, non-federal and port railways in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Low Countries up to 2018. To determine the procurement demand SCI Verkehr verified and built upon the market information contained within its database using interviews with potential clients.

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Analysis of current key figures of the world market for railway technology

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Analysis of current key figures of the world market for railway technology

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Global sales volumes of rolling stock

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Global sales volumes of rolling stock

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Evaluation of two freight wagons in the run-up to procurement

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Evaluation of two freight wagons in the run-up to procurement

Customer: Freight car leasing company

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Vehicle assessment EMUs

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Vehicle assessment EMUs

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On behalf of a financing bank, SCI Verkehr continuously assesses a fleet of electric multiple units. Focus is put on performed maintenance and repair work as well the condition of the vehicles.

Portfolio assessment of various freight wagon types

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Customer: Leasing financier

On behalf of a leasing financier, SCI Verkehr assesses a big freight wagon fleet of tank wagons, open wagons and flat wagons. SCI Verkehr assesses the wagons by means of the DRC method and also considers the wagon-related supply and demand situation.

Public Consulting Examples

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Industrial campaign regional transport

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In the context of an industrial campaign for regional rail transport, SCI Verkehr compiled interesting figures, data and facts on regional rail transport in a particular federal state in Germany. For this purpose, key figures of locally active companies, operation and infrastructure were prepared. Moreover, SCI Verkehr analysed effects of regional rail transport on economy and employment in that federal state.

Economic barometer for logistics in Hamburg

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Economic barometer for logistics in Hamburg

Customer: Logistikinitiative Hamburg

SCI Verkehr surveyed the members of ?Logistikinitiative Hamburg? on its business development over the past year (2007) and their expectations for the coming year (2008). The results were compared with the monthly analyses of the Germany-wide SCI/logistics barometer. This comparison gave rise to the economic barometer for logistics in Hamburg. ?Logistikinitiative Hamburg? uses this barometer as an important indicator for the development and success of its own activities.

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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Development of intermodal transport terminal

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Development of intermodal transport terminal

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