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United Kingdom / Byford appointed new head of TfL

The city of London and the board of local public transport authority Transport for London (TfL) have named Andy Byford as London’s transport commissioner and thus the new head of TfL. Byford will take up his new role with TfL on 29th June 2020 where he will succeed Mike Brown, who will stay on until 10th July 2020 in order to support the transition. Brown will then move to his new position overseeing the renovation of London’s historic Houses of Parliament. Byford was President and CEO of New York City Transit (NYCT) until he resigned unexpectedly on 23rd January 2020, two years after his appointment (((05/2020-76391))).
Source: TfL press release 27.05.2020

Ukraine / UZ founds subsidiary for operation of stations

The Board of Directors for Ukrainian state railway UZ has decided to establish a separate subsidiary for the operation of railway stations as of 1st July 2020. Its main objective is to make the stations more efficient and reach the break-even point. The reorganisation of the station facilities is to take place in two stages. First, the stations currently assigned to the passenger transport company will be transferred to the branch office. In the second phase, the class 1-3 stations will be transferred. Then, in order to optimise the management structure, it is planned to identify 14 base stations, which will allow the centralisation of financial, human, legal and other functions. The staff for the new branch will be transferred from other departments. According to the information provided by UZ, a similar concept to that used by DB Station & Service in Germany will be applied.
Source: UZ press release 27.05.2020

Germany / Hübner bundles railway divisions

The Hübner Group has bundled its railway industry business units. The company based in Kassel has re-bundled its business with transition systems for rolling stock, drive system components, boarding systems for light rail vehicles (LRV) and cockpit displays for vehicle driver cabs. In addition to transition systems, the rail business also includes the Hübner companies HTG, Hemscheidt and Gersys. All companies are to be more strongly combined under the reorganisation, especially in terms of sales. As the new global head of the Rail division, Huschke Diekmann has assumed responsibility for the division. The second major business unit of the Hübner Group, Material Solutions, is also under new management. Hübner\'s managing director Ingolf Cedra has now additionally assumed the function of Business Unit Manager for the division. The position was previously held by Tobias Lexhaller, who has left the company.
Source: Hübner press release 25.05.2020

USA / Amtrak needs additional financial assistance

US passenger rail transport operator Amtrak will need further financial assistance of EUR 1.34 billion (USD 1.46 billion) to maintain a basic service in passenger rail transport. In addition, the grants will support 26 government partners on the national network and the North-East Corridor. Amtrak expects the impact of the coronavirus pandemic to continue to reduce passenger numbers to about 50% in 2021. As a result, Amtrak will reduce operating costs by approximately EUR 450 million, including reductions in service capacities, staff restructuring and a review of discretionary spending.
Source: Amtrak press release 26.05.2020

Poland / Solaris to deliver 37 electric buses to MPK Poznan

Public transport operator MPK Poznan has ordered 37 electric buses from Polish manufacturer Solaris. The zero-emission vehicles will be delivered to Poznan in the second half of 2021 (H2/2021). The contract signed on 28th May 2020 includes the delivery of vehicles of the type Urbino. Of these vehicles, 31 will be 12 m long, whereas the remaining articulated six vehicles will be 18 m long. The contract is worth over EUR 20.3 million (PLN 90 million). Pursuant to the agreement, deliveries of the Solaris buses will begin in autumn 2021. The procurement is part of the strategy for the development of electromobility for the city of Poznan that is to be implemented by 2035. All 37 vehicles will be equipped with batteries of the Solaris High Power series designed for fast charging. The Urbino 12 vehicles will feature four packs with a capacity of over 120 kWh, whereas the articulated units will be fitted with six packs boasting a capacity of over 180 kWh. Throughout the day the batteries will be recharged by means of one of a few fast pantograph chargers.
Source: Solaris press release 28.05.2020

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Strategic Management Consultancy Examples

Portfolio assessment for refinancing

In the context of a refinance, SCI Verkehr assesses the market value of a large European rolling stock portfolio. Assessment is conducted by means of

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Portfolio assessment for refinancing

Customer: Rolling stock lessor

In the context of a refinance, SCI Verkehr assesses the market value of a large European rolling stock portfolio. Assessment is conducted by means of the income-based DCF method and comprises detailed descriptions of the portfolio’s competitive position and of the supply and demand side.

Development of a business model for a port train terminal

The project?s objective was to achieve a sustained increase in the turnover of a rail terminal in a German domestic port. To this end, SCI Verkehr

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Development of a business model for a port train terminal

Customer: Port company

The project?s objective was to achieve a sustained increase in the turnover of a rail terminal in a German domestic port. To this end, SCI Verkehr (in co-operation with another management consultancy) worked out an implementation-oriented stepped concept. Principal components of the concept were the integration of the rail terminal in the port and logistics activities, an analysis of the market trends in rail freight transport (general cargo and wagon-load traffic) between 2000 and 2004 and the identification of suitable partners within the catchment area of the rail terminal. Based on the analysis, a modified business model and a concrete business plan for the years 2005-2010 was prepared.

Portfolio Assessment of Leasing Fleet for Refinancing

As basis for refinancing, SCI Verkehr determines the current market value and expected value-over-time of a rolling stock fleet, owned by a leading

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Portfolio Assessment of Leasing Fleet for Refinancing

Customer: International leasing company

As basis for refinancing, SCI Verkehr determines the current market value and expected value-over-time of a rolling stock fleet, owned by a leading European leasing company. Income-based DCF valuation is applied for value assessment of locomotives, rail cars, freight wagons and passenger coaches. The expected market and competitive developments are decisive input factors for rolling stock assessment.

Market Analyses Examples

Research into the market for rolling stock components in selected countries in Eastern Europe and the CIS

On behalf of a leading component manufacturer in Europe, SCI Verkehr performed a competitor analysis in selected countries in Eastern Europe and the

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Research into the market for rolling stock components in selected countries in Eastern Europe and the CIS

Customer: Component supplier

On behalf of a leading component manufacturer in Europe, SCI Verkehr performed a competitor analysis in selected countries in Eastern Europe and the CIS. The analysis focused on local manufacturers with low production costs. The competitor analysis was complemented by an analysis of market potential.

Marketability of new strategies for vehicle construction

Despite all hopes for vehicle standardisation, light rail vehicles and trams are still being procured in small lot sizes and to individual

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Marketability of new strategies for vehicle construction

Customer: Industrial company

Despite all hopes for vehicle standardisation, light rail vehicles and trams are still being procured in small lot sizes and to individual specifications. The classic manufacturing concepts are often insufficient for this. The project involves assessing the marketability of a new vehicle construction strategy through systematic analysis of the customer requirements and concepts by means of a multi-stage survey. SCI Verkehr is deriving from this the chances and risks of such a business model, examining the structural and technical design of the vehicle concept using customer requirements and also evaluating the profitability. A suitable marketing strategy is derived from the results of these examination steps.

Analysis of the bidder structure of rolling stock tenders

On behalf of a client, SCI Verkehr compiled a list of projects commissioned for the years 2010-2019 in the rolling stock sector and analysed the

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Analysis of the bidder structure of rolling stock tenders

Customer: Consultancy

On behalf of a client, SCI Verkehr compiled a list of projects commissioned for the years 2010-2019 in the rolling stock sector and analysed the bidder structure, i.e. the companies that have applied for the contracts.

Asset Valuation Examples

Asset valuation hybrid locomotives

On behalf of a vehicle manufacturer, SCI Verkehr appraised hybrid locomotives for use in shunting operation compared to conventional diesel

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Asset valuation hybrid locomotives

Customer: Rolling Stock Manufacturer

On behalf of a vehicle manufacturer, SCI Verkehr appraised hybrid locomotives for use in shunting operation compared to conventional diesel locomotives. Technical and operational aspects (e.g. LCC) as well as the market environment and the re-use of vehicles were assessed.

Assessment of business plan and portfolio of a leasing company

On behalf of an international bank consortium, SCI Verkehr critically analysed the business plan of a leasing company. For this purpose we performed

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Assessment of business plan and portfolio of a leasing company

Customer: International bank consortium

On behalf of an international bank consortium, SCI Verkehr critically analysed the business plan of a leasing company. For this purpose we performed an extensive asset value analysis of the diesel locomotives in the portfolio. As well as a comprehensive analysis of the future demand, we also conducted an assessment of launching newly developed diesel locomotives.

Valuation of Electric Mulitiple Unit (EMU) fleets

In the context of funding rolling stock, SCI Verkehr assesses the fair value of two electric multiple unit (EMU) fleets in Europe. The DCF method,

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Valuation of Electric Mulitiple Unit (EMU) fleets

Customer: Leasing company

In the context of funding rolling stock, SCI Verkehr assesses the fair value of two electric multiple unit (EMU) fleets in Europe. The DCF method, which includes assessing current and expected future revenues, is applied here. Therefore, options of redeployment are analysed in detail, taking into consideration expected tenders and vehicle requirements.

Public Consulting Examples

Economic barometer for logistics in Hamburg

SCI Verkehr surveyed the members of ?Logistikinitiative Hamburg? on its business development over the past year (2007) and their expectations for the

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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.

Report to strengthen rail freight transport in NRW

Report to strengthen rail freight transport in NRW On behalf of the Ministry of Building, Accommodation, Urban Development and Transport of the

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Report to strengthen rail freight transport in NRW

Customer: Ministry of Building, Accommodation, Urban Development and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Report to strengthen rail freight transport in NRW On behalf of the Ministry of Building, Accommodation, Urban Development and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, SCI Verkehr prepared an expert assessment, focusing on “Cross-linked rail freight transport mobility – Potentials for a shift of other road freight transport from road to rail”. The results of the report are to be published by the end of 2016.

Development of employment statistics in the logistics sector 2001-2003

Study of the development of logistics employment statistics in the network region of last-mile-logistik in comparison with the surrounding area, the

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Development of employment statistics in the logistics sector 2001-2003

Customer: last mile logistik netzwerk gmbh

Study of the development of logistics employment statistics in the network region of last-mile-logistik in comparison with the surrounding area, the Ruhr area, North Rhine Westphalia and Germany. The study looked at the employment levels both in the core sector of the logistics industry (transport, handling, warehousing) and also at the development of manning statistics in other industry and trade companies with logistic activities.

Profitability Analysis Examples

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Further development of a rail infrastucture manager’s business model

A public rail infrastructure manager (terminal and tracks) envisages further business development and better financial positioning. SCI Verkehr was

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Further development of a rail infrastucture manager’s business model

Customer: Rail infrastructure manager

A public rail infrastructure manager (terminal and tracks) envisages further business development and better financial positioning. SCI Verkehr was commissioned to submit an application on increasing track fees - based on an in depth status analysis - to the federal railway authority on behalf of the company.

Market analysis painting raw materials

On behalf of a globally active chemical company, SCI Verkehr analysed the market potential for painting raw materials. The in-depth analysis

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Market analysis painting raw materials

Customer: Globally active chemical company

On behalf of a globally active chemical company, SCI Verkehr analysed the market potential for painting raw materials. The in-depth analysis evaluated the market potential for these materials and provided a basis for further strategic planning.

Process optimization Examples

Circle Line / Public-Private-Partnership in public rail transport

"Circle Line" is the first rail transport project in Germany to be realised primarily as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). In a consortium

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Circle Line / Public-Private-Partnership in public rail transport

Customer: Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr AöR (Transportation authority)

"Circle Line" is the first rail transport project in Germany to be realised primarily as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). In a consortium comprising DEPFA BANK, the law firm Kapellmann und Partner and the engineering office Vössing GmbH, SCI Verkehr is subjecting the plans to a "PPP suitability test" and preparing the realisation of the first construction phase up to the tendering procedure. SCI Verkehr is carrying out the project management and market research as well as addressing potential interested parties.

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Restructuring logistical processes at a production site

Our client took over a site previously operated by a service provider and at the beginning of 2008 integrated it into its network of sites across

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Restructuring logistical processes at a production site

Customer: Global player in the food industry

Our client took over a site previously operated by a service provider and at the beginning of 2008 integrated it into its network of sites across Germany. This integration included major changes to the processes and the IT system which had to be adapted to the requirements of the new owner. At the same time, the production and distribution volume increased substantially, as well as production exchange with other sites. These changes led to overworking and uncertainty among staff and consequently considerable deficits in the site?s performance. Within the scope of the "operational excellence" process, SCI Verkehr led and accompanied the modelling of new logistical processes with staff and company management. The consultancy process focused on using the existing employee know-how in order to achieve a higher level of acceptance for the necessary changes and thus a sustainable improvement of performance. Following SCI Verkehr?s ?Operational Excellence Tool?, the staff were involved in reviewing the current situation and developing improved processes in accordance with a tried and tested process. In addition, the task involved coaching the logistical managers at the site and thus cementing the new structures.