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Germany / DB presents new ECx long-distance train

On 13th March 2019, German state railway DB and Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo presented their new long-distance train with the provisional name ECx. There will be 23 trains, each one comprising a multi-system locomotive and 17 passenger coaches. The trains offer 85 seats for passengers in first class and 485 in second class. The trains will run on the international Berlin - Amsterdam line and will reduce the journey time by around 30 minutes to 5 hours 50 minutes. They will also be used for tourist services to Westerland (Sylt) and Oberstdorf. The trains are to be delivered by 2023. The order is worth EUR 550 million and is part of a framework agreement between DB and Talgo for up to 100 multi-system locomotives and passenger coaches (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 06/2019).
Source: DB press release 13.03.2019

Turkey / Halkali - Istanbul - Gebze line inaugurated

On 12th March 2018, the railway line from Halkali via Istanbul to Gebze was officially inaugurated. With this opening, the second phase of the Marmaray project has been completed, which aims to establish a railway connection between the European and Asian continent in the Istanbul area. The 63 km line has extended the existing 13.6 km cross-Bosphorous underground Marmaray line in Istanbul, which had opened in October 2013 (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 41/2013). As a result, services crossing continents in the Istanbul area will be able to operate without any interruptions for the first time. The project included the reconstruction of the 19.2 km Kazlicesme - Halkali section on the European side as well as the 43.8 km Ayrilik - Pendik - Cesmesi section on the Asian side. The Marmaray suburban rail line offers interchanges at 13 stations with 16 lines of the metro and the light rail transit (LRT) network.
Source: TCDD press release 12.03.2019

Germany / Siemens and Paribus sign contract for 25 Smartron locomotives

Siemens Mobility and Paribus Holding, a Hamburg-based investment and asset management company for rail rolling stock and real estate, have signed a framework agreement for the delivery of 25 Smartron locomotives. The deal was arranged and structured by Paribus for Paris-based company RIVE Private Investment. The asset management of the locomotives will be handled by Northrail, the rail asset management subsidiary of Paribus. Four locomotives, valued at EUR 2.5 million each, have already been ordered. Three of these will be leased by Northrail to TX Logistik (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 10/2019). The locomotives are intended for rail freight transport in Germany. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in October 2019. Siemens will also be responsible for the maintenance of the locomotives for a period of eight years.
Source: Siemens press release 14.03.2019

Switzerland / Pöyry awarded consulting services for Smartrail 4.0

Swiss state railway SBB has awarded a contract to Pöyry to provide technical consulting services including RAM management for the Smartrail 4.0 project. The Smartrail 4.0 project will increase capacities on the Swiss railway network without building additional infrastructure by adopting a transport management system based on the European Train Control System (ETCS) and digitalisation. Smartrail 4.0 will result in the elimination of 70% of lineside signals and associated equipment and is to prepare the ground towards automatic train operations.
Source: Pöyry press release 07.03.2019

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Presentation of market analysis for global railway industry

Presentation of the current market volumes and key development trends in the global market for railway-related

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Presentation of market analysis for global railway industry

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Presentation of the current market volumes and key development trends in the global market for railway-related products.

Realignment of sites and commercial departments

A global player in the food industry intends to close several German production and logistics sites as part of a realignment of the corporate

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Realignment of sites and commercial departments

Customer: Global player in the food industry

A global player in the food industry intends to close several German production and logistics sites as part of a realignment of the corporate structure. Furthermore, the company plans to reorganize commercial departments. SCI Verkehr examined the plans and accompanied negotiations for a reconciliation of interests. In this context, alternative scenarios are developed and moderated.

Future workshop logistics

The works committee and logistics management of a global player in the food industry intended to initiate an open dialogue about the future

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Future workshop logistics

Customer: Global player in the food industry

The works committee and logistics management of a global player in the food industry intended to initiate an open dialogue about the future optimisation of logistical processes with external support. By conducting talks with both sides, SCI Verkehr prepared the dialogue, hosted the meetings of a joint working group and provided specialist input with the aim of developing a common perception of the logistical future of the company.

Market Analyses Examples

Potential appraisal for acquisition of new customers in the single wagon business

Within the scope of a short appraisal, possible customer groups and relevant transport volumes in a target region were analysed. Additionally, the

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Potential appraisal for acquisition of new customers in the single wagon business

Customer: Rail freight transportation company

Within the scope of a short appraisal, possible customer groups and relevant transport volumes in a target region were analysed. Additionally, the compatibility of customer expectations with the company’s business interests were examined. Based upon this was the presentation of recommended actions.

Market and competitive analysis of a rolling stock component

On behalf of a component manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analyses the market segment of a rolling stock component. In the process, market size and

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Market and competitive analysis of a rolling stock component

Customer: Component manufacturer

On behalf of a component manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analyses the market segment of a rolling stock component. In the process, market size and development as well as the competitive situation are examined in detail.

Original price and leasing rates of freight wagons

SCI Verkehr investigated fair market prices as well as leasing rates for different types of freight wagons (for some types including safety

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Original price and leasing rates of freight wagons

Customer: European banking company

SCI Verkehr investigated fair market prices as well as leasing rates for different types of freight wagons (for some types including safety equipment) in Europe. In addition, SCI Verkehr evaluated the freight wagon types regarding leasing opportunities.

Asset Valuation Examples

Asset valuation for a used locomotive fleet

On behalf of a leasing company, SCI Verkehr calculated the market value of a used locomotive fleet. For this purpose, next to the supply and demand

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Asset valuation for a used locomotive fleet

Customer: Leasing company

On behalf of a leasing company, SCI Verkehr calculated the market value of a used locomotive fleet. For this purpose, next to the supply and demand situation, SCI Verkehr also analysed in detail the respective market segments relevant for this rolling stock and assessed their market values. The actual market value of the vehicles was evaluated based on SCI Verkehr's Asset Value Tool.

Determination of market price of diesel locomotives in North America

On behalf of a leasing fund, SCI Verkehr determined the current market value of diesel main-line locomotives in North America. The appraisal is

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Determination of market price of diesel locomotives in North America

Customer: Leasing fund

On behalf of a leasing fund, SCI Verkehr determined the current market value of diesel main-line locomotives in North America. The appraisal is carried out based on a DRC approach and compared to the original residual values.

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.

Public Consulting Examples

Economic survey logistics Hamburg

Since 2009, SCI Verkehr GmbH has carried out an annual survey of the members of the logistics initiative group "Logistikinitiative Hamburg" regarding

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Economic survey logistics Hamburg

Customer: Logistics initiative Hamburg

Since 2009, SCI Verkehr GmbH has carried out an annual survey of the members of the logistics initiative group "Logistikinitiative Hamburg" regarding the economic development of the logistics market in Hamburg. The data collected is then compared with the SCI/Logistics Barometer and therefore put in a national context. In 2014, members were surveyed again. The results were presented as part of the initiative members’ meeting.

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: LOG-IT Club e.V.

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.

Analysis of logistics sites focusing particularly on rail connections

Sidings and direct railway connections have played virtually no role at all when marketing sites over the past years. With the rising problems for

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Analysis of logistics sites focusing particularly on rail connections

Customer: Company for economic development

Sidings and direct railway connections have played virtually no role at all when marketing sites over the past years. With the rising problems for road freight transport (traffic jams, transport capacity bottlenecks), logistical concepts making use of the railways are becoming ever more interesting for the freight shipping industry. On behalf of a transregional company for economic development SCI Verkehr is examining three former industrial sites with regard to their logistical suitability, taking into particular consideration the tracks existing at the sites. The result of the study is a marketing concept focusing specifically on those companies with a tendency to transport goods by rail.

Profitability Analysis Examples

Analysis freight wagon bogies

On behalf of an Asian freight wagon manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analysed the market for freight wagon bogies in Europe. The analysis was focused on

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Analysis freight wagon bogies

Customer: Asian freight wagon manufacturer

On behalf of an Asian freight wagon manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analysed the market for freight wagon bogies in Europe. The analysis was focused on bogies for high-speed trains for operational speeds of 160 km/h.

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Bid management maintenance services

SCI Verkehr supported an international maintenance provider for rolling stock and components with regards to bid management for services in the

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Bid management maintenance services

Customer: International maintenance provider for rolling stock

SCI Verkehr supported an international maintenance provider for rolling stock and components with regards to bid management for services in the external market. This included conceptual, economic and editorial assistance in the context of tender preparation as well as operational and organisational support in the bid process.

Restructuring of workshop flows

When centralising three workshops into one new site, our client had not implemented an active change management strategy. The processes and areas of

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Restructuring of workshop flows

Customer: Global player in the food industry

When centralising three workshops into one new site, our client had not implemented an active change management strategy. The processes and areas of work taken over from the old locations led to a significant drop in output at the new site. First of all, SCI Verkehr analysed and documented the existing workflows in a task force including management and the works council. At the same time, the team from SCI Verkehr identified and initiated necessary changes and oversaw the implementation on site. The aim of the project was to introduce staff to the new conditions in order to establish the adapted working areas and processes for the long term.