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Germany / Knorr-Bremse mourns death of Heinz Hermann Thiele

On 23rd February 2021, Heinz Hermann Thiele, majority shareholder and long-time chair of the executive board and chair of the supervisory board of German components manufacturer Knorr-Bremse, died at the age of 79. Thiele led the company for more than two decades as chair of the board. In 2007 he relinquished operational management and moved to the supervisory board as chair.
Source: Knorr-Bremse press release 23.02.2021

USA / Court dismisses lawsuit regarding antitrust proceedings

On 19th February 2021, a federal court in Washington DC dismissed a lawsuit by railway companies BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern (NS) and Union Pacific (UP) to exclude certain evidence from future antitrust proceedings. The four largest rail freight transport operators are accused by 200 of the country’s largest rail shippers of violating US antitrust laws during a five-year period by conspiring to fix prices for rail freight transport services through coordinated fuel surcharges. Any company that paid BNSF, CSX, NS and UP to transport freight by rail between 2003 and 2008 may be able to seek substantial compensation.
Source: Hausfeld press release 19.02.2021

Ukraine / Stadler assesses cooperation with KEVRZ

On 23rd February 2021, representatives of Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler and the Kiev-based multiple-unit train repair plant KEVRZ met to consider the possibility of localising production. Stadler is being considered as one of the potential suppliers of rolling stock for a project announced by Ukrainian state railway UZ to integrate the railway network with the City Express urban transport system, which will merge major cities with their surrounding localities into a single transport area. According to UZ, the company is now ready to discuss its vision and plans for the project with potential investors and make decisions based on the feasibility study, economic effect and degree of localisation of production. A first meeting between Stadler and representatives of the Ukrainian government had already taken place in early February 2021 (((05/2021-90443))).
Source: UZ press release 23.02.2021

Croatia / Koncar to maintain Traxx locomotives for Railpool

On 2nd February 2021, the leasing company Railpool and the Croatian rolling stock manufacturer Koncar signed a contract for the maintenance of Traxx locomotives. The maintenance work will be carried out at Koncar\'s workshop in Zagreb.
Source: Railpool press release 22.01.2021

International / European electric bus market increases 22% in 2020 despite pandemic

In 2020, the battery-electric bus market in Western Europe plus Poland increased by 22% despite the coronavirus pandemic, with 2,062 electric buses being registered compared to 1,685 new vehicles in 2019. A total of 5,087 electric buses have been delivered since 2012. Of these, almost 75% were delivered in 2019 and 2020. According to data provided by Chatrou CME Solutions, 53% of the city buses registered in 2020 had an alternative propulsion. In 2019, the figure was at 39.6%. The proportion of battery-electric buses among all Class I buses in 2020 was 15%, which was an increase from nearly 12% in 2019. In terms of manufacturers, the most buses were delivered by Chinese company BYD and Polish Solaris with 412 and 406 electric buses respectively. Volvo ranked third with 217 buses and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) was fourth with 190 vehicles. The procurement of hybrid buses has experienced an increase of 35% to 2,733 vehicles. The deliveries of CNG-powered buses also registered growth of 20% compared to the volumes of 2019.
Source: Sustainable Bus 22.02.2021

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Strategic Management Consultancy Examples

Due diligence in the leasing market

SCI Verkehr supports a private equity investor in acquiring a rolling stock leasing company. Focus of SCI Verkehr’s activities in the context

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Due diligence in the leasing market

Customer: Private equity firm

SCI Verkehr supports a private equity investor in acquiring a rolling stock leasing company. Focus of SCI Verkehr’s activities in the context of the due diligence process lies on analysing various submarkets in the European leasing business and prospects of the targets. In addition to that, the customer will be supported with regards to preparing a detailed financial model including relevant parameters and market mechanisms.

Workshop regarding typical processes in the rail vehicle industry

On behalf of a company outside the sector, SCI Verkehr GmbH has organised a one-day workshop to make rail vehicle manufacturing processes transparent

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Workshop regarding typical processes in the rail vehicle industry

Customer: IT company

On behalf of a company outside the sector, SCI Verkehr GmbH has organised a one-day workshop to make rail vehicle manufacturing processes transparent and assist the client to become familiar with the sector.

Commercial Due Diligence for freight transport sector

Commercial Due Diligence for freight transport sector SCI Verkehr supported a financial investor by performing a Commercial Due Diligence (CDD) in

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Commercial Due Diligence for freight transport sector

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Commercial Due Diligence for freight transport sector SCI Verkehr supported a financial investor by performing a Commercial Due Diligence (CDD) in the freight transport sector. A full CDD report was prepared, in which locomotives as well as assets and relevant markets were considered.

Market Analyses Examples

Support in the commercial valuation for an Eastern European company in the rail freight sector

SCI Verkehr supported a leading European railway company in the commercial valuation of a target in the Eastern European rail freight sector. The aim

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Support in the commercial valuation for an Eastern European company in the rail freight sector

Customer: Leading Western European rail company

SCI Verkehr supported a leading European railway company in the commercial valuation of a target in the Eastern European rail freight sector. The aim was to analyse the appeal of the market as well as strategic opportunities in order to issue recommendations for the client. The valuation was made on the basis of existing database systems as well as in close exchange with market players.

Market analysis of passenger vehicles in Poland and the CIS states

On behalf of a leading component producer, SCI Verkehr analysed the market for passenger vehicles in Poland the CIS. With the aid of the SCI railway

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Market analysis of passenger vehicles in Poland and the CIS states

Customer: Railway supply industry

On behalf of a leading component producer, SCI Verkehr analysed the market for passenger vehicles in Poland the CIS. With the aid of the SCI railway technology database and responsible experts, vehicle fleets, current market volumes and market shares were analysed as well as future demand for passenger vehicles. The potential analysis was used by the client to make a strategic decision regarding continued serving of the market region.

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.

Asset Valuation Examples

Assessment of modern steel transport wagons in continental Europe

On behalf of a European leasing company, SCI Verkehr assesses a fleet of modernised steel transport wagons. Assessment of the wagons by means of the

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Assessment of modern steel transport wagons in continental Europe

Customer: European leasing company

On behalf of a European leasing company, SCI Verkehr assesses a fleet of modernised steel transport wagons. Assessment of the wagons by means of the DCF and DRC methods takes into consideration the wagon-specific supply-and-demand situation.

Value development of EMUs

SCI Verkehr analysed the value development for electric multiple units (EMU) for a rail operator. This also included an evaluation of long-term

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Value development of EMUs

Customer: Private operator

SCI Verkehr analysed the value development for electric multiple units (EMU) for a rail operator. This also included an evaluation of long-term possibilities for the deployment of multiple units.

Railway Technology 2009 - 2014

On behalf of an international credit institute, SCI Verkehr analysed an existing valuation model for rolling stock. The review took place with the

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Railway Technology 2009 - 2014

Customer: International credit institute

On behalf of an international credit institute, SCI Verkehr analysed an existing valuation model for rolling stock. The review took place with the aid of a general plausibility check of the input parameters as well as a calculation of the most important asset categories in the leasing company?s vehicle portfolio. The results of the valuation model were checked for plausibility using SCI?s internal valuation model and a number of potentials for improvement were identified.

Public Consulting Examples

Technical support of the LogMit project appeal

In January 2005, the Ministry for Economics, Mid-sized Companies and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia started the project appeal

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Technical support of the LogMit project appeal

Customer: Jülich Research Centre

In January 2005, the Ministry for Economics, Mid-sized Companies and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia started the project appeal ?logistics of mid-sized companies? (LogMit ? Logistik in Mittelstand). By means of this appeal, projects are to be generated which will support small and medium-sized logistics companies in terms of structural change in the second target area of North Rhine-Westphalia. The projects financed will be predominantly concerned with equipping logistics companies with state-of-the-art IT and telematics solutions. Within the framework of LogMit, the project organiser ETN of the Research Centre in Jülich is responsible for technical handling incoming orders from companies. For ETN, SCI Verkehr is taking over the technical support service of the petitioner in the initial stages, as well as the contextual assessment of incoming proposals.

Concept for a trimodal site

The region represented by the client is a focus of investments for logistics investments in Germany. In order to prepare for further investments

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Concept for a trimodal site

Customer: Regional authority in Northern Germany

The region represented by the client is a focus of investments for logistics investments in Germany. In order to prepare for further investments while at the same time develop these in an orderly manner, three main sites were defined. Thanks to its advantageous location, one of the main sites provides the possibility of a trimodal transhipment hub, featuring a combination of road/rail/inland waterway options. To secure these possibilities for the trimodal orientation of the new site, an economic feasibility study was compiled on further site development including a concept for implementation. Both, planning and demand-related (market-related) conditions had to be taken into consideration.

Cluster management NRW "logistics state" (LogistikLand NRW)

In March 2007 the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia decided upon a new ?cluster strategy? within the scope of its economic policy. Within

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Cluster management NRW "logistics state" (LogistikLand NRW)

Customer: LOG-IT Club e.V.

In March 2007 the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia decided upon a new ?cluster strategy? within the scope of its economic policy. Within this strategy, logistics have been defined as a key "distinguishing" cluster. LOG-IT Club e.V., a logistics network in the state of NRW, took over on 1st February 2008 the management of the NRW logistics cluster under the title "NRW logistics state" (Logistikland NRW). SCI Verkehr was commissioned by LOG-IT Club e.V. together with the association Verband Verkehrswirtschaft und Logistik NRW e.V. to provide professional support for this project. The core of the project is to create a logistics community in NRW, support the regions in promoting the area and handling important logistical issues of the future such as human resources and logistical spaces.

Profitability Analysis Examples

Multiple Unit OEM and after-sales benchmark

On behalf of a European vehicle manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analysed and benchmarked procurement and after-sales costs for multiple unit train types

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Multiple Unit OEM and after-sales benchmark

Customer: European rail vehicle manufacturer

On behalf of a European vehicle manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analysed and benchmarked procurement and after-sales costs for multiple unit train types operated in European country markets.

German urban railway systems

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German urban railway systems

Customer: Private industry

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Comparison of prices and performance in the maintenance of freight wagons

Comparison of prices, services and throughput times of selected providers of freight wagon maintenance in

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Comparison of prices and performance in the maintenance of freight wagons

Customer: Operator

Comparison of prices, services and throughput times of selected providers of freight wagon maintenance in Germany.

Process optimization Examples

Supporting a work group on changes to the production and logistics infrastructure

Changes in the client?s product and packaging mix led to an open discussion about the site structure in both production and logistics. Not only the

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Supporting a work group on changes to the production and logistics infrastructure

Customer: Global player in the food industry

Changes in the client?s product and packaging mix led to an open discussion about the site structure in both production and logistics. Not only the future scale and location of the sites were up for discussion, but also the issue of the function of individual areas of production and logistics. SCI Verkehr hosted the dialogue between the employees and employer on these matters and incorporated its experience in supporting site changes into the discussion process.

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Application for structural changes to private siding

After SCI Verkehr had been consulting a leading industrial company about possibilities, requirements and costs for the modification of a private

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Application for structural changes to private siding

Customer: Industrial company

After SCI Verkehr had been consulting a leading industrial company about possibilities, requirements and costs for the modification of a private siding as part of marketing one of its former industrial sites, the required structural modifications had to be applied for with the responsible regulatory body. SCI Verkehr compiled and collected the application documents and accompanied the examination and authorisation process in close cooperation with the client, regulatory body and responsible technical railway supervision.