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Germany / Üstra tenders supply of 42 LRVs

Hanover-based public transport operator Üstra has invited bids for the supply of 42 new light rail vehicles (LRV) of the type TW 4000. The contract is to be awarded in 2022, and the vehicles are to be procured in the period from 2022 to 2027 (((11/2020-77894))). There is also an option for a further 233 LRVs. The procurement is partially funded by the state of Lower Saxony ((((05/2021-90277)). To a large extent, the new LRVs are to meet the requirements of people with limited mobility. In a four-stage procedure, up to three applicants will be selected and then invited to submit a bid.
Source: Lok-Report 05.05.2021

Switzerland / PJM equips 500 freight wagons from Transwaggon with sensors

Freight wagon monitoring company PJ Messetechnik (PJM) has equipped 500 freight wagons of Swiss freight wagon leasing company Transwaggon with sensors for automatic load weight monitoring. The wagons are rented by Mercer Holz for timber transport. PJM\'s Load Monitor System analyses the load weight and distribution during loading.
Source: PJM press release 04.05.2021

France / Akiem enters partnership for Taxirail project

French leasing company Akiem has joined a financial and industry partnership to develop a Taxirail project for an autonomous Railpod ultra-light rail shuttle vehicle. The project was developed by Brittany-based EXID Concept & Développement (((46/2018-64973))) and is designed to ensure the long-term viability of local branch lines as a low-carbon alternative to road transport. In five years, 200 of the vehicles are expected to be in use. The proposed Railpods weigh less than 8 t and can transport up to 40 passengers. They are hybrid-electric vehicles that combine batteries with biogas or hydrogen-powered range extenders. Door opening, lighting, heating, air conditioning and entertainment are powered by solar cells.
Source: Akiem press release 29.04.2021

Germany / Stadler against Go-Ahead awarding maintenance contract to TMHI

Rolling stock manufacturer Stadler, which was contracted byGo-Ahead, a private operator of passenger rail transport, to deliver 22 Flirt electric multiple units (EMU), is refusing to deliver maintenance documents to TMH International (TMHI). TMHI, a subsidiary of the Russian rolling stock manufacturer TMH, was contracted by Go-Ahead to maintain 78 EMUs in December 2020 (((49/2020-87923))). Stadler is concerned that TMH could gain access to proprietary and trade secret technology through the maintenance. According to Stadler, the contract states that Go-Ahead may not subcontract the maintenance to a competitor of Stadler. As a result of the refusal, the 22 Flirt EMUs cannot be put into operation by Go-Ahead on the E-Netz Allgäu network from December 2021, although the approval has already been granted and Stadler has fulfilled the supply contract. Go-Ahead is now preparing further steps and is considering ordering replacement services on the network.
Source: Stadler press release 06.05.2021, Go-Ahead press release 06.05.2021

France / Aptis to cease production of electric buses

Electric bus manufacturer Aptis, a subsidiary of Alstom, will stop producing electric buses by the first quarter of 2022. Aptis was unable to secure enough orders after it was bought by Alstom from NewTransLohr three years ago. A total of 87 buses were sold, 25 of which were delivered to Spain and France. Another 50 will be delivered to Paris transport operator RATP and 12 to Toulon. Alstom plans to keep 20 employees in the company to maintain the buses, the other 141 will receive jobs at other sites within the group. The French trade union CGT has accused Alstom of bad management, saying that the buses are too expensive and that an announced new generation was never released.
Source: Les Echos 05.05.2021, Railbusiness 06.05.2021

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International maintenance provider railway

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International maintenance provider railway

Customer: International maintenance provider for rolling stock

On behalf of an international maintenance service provider for rail vehicles, SCI Verkehr analysed global acquirable market potentials for maintenance services for historical rolling stock.

KPI overview leasing companies

On behalf of a private investor, SCI Verkehr prepared a KPI overview for freight wagonlessors. Furthermore, inputs for a blue-print business plan for

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KPI overview leasing companies

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On behalf of a private investor, SCI Verkehr prepared a KPI overview for freight wagonlessors. Furthermore, inputs for a blue-print business plan for freight wagon leasing were provided (Revenue, OPEX, CAPEX).

Development of a strategic roadmap fort the market entry in Russia

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Development of a strategic roadmap fort the market entry in Russia

Customer: Asiatic technology concern

On behalf of an Asiatic technology concern SCI Verkehr made an analysis of the railway technology market in Russia. Thereby different possibilities for a market entry were evaluated and transferred into a strategic roadmap. This roadmap contents not only adequate products and strategies for the market entry but also recommendations, which partner and which strategy are the best for a sustainable market entry in Russia and the neighboring CIS-countries.

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Potential of a bid for services in the light rail infrastructure sector

Customer: Medium-sized rail industry company in North Rhine-Westphalia

For the purpose of identifying the market potential for services in the light rail infrastructure sector, SCI Verkehr asked railway experts and selected transport companies regarding the development of maintenance and repair for light rail systems. SCI Verkehr mapped the current situation and trends and examined approaches for expanding a medium-sized railway engineering company?s area of business.

Logistics service provider?s location selection

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Logistics service provider?s location selection

Customer: Mid-sized logistics service provider

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Workshop: Market and competition analysis for railway infrastructure maintenance

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Workshop: Market and competition analysis for railway infrastructure maintenance

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Starting points for target-oriented service marketing in the field of railway infrastructure maintenance and repair were developed in a workshop together with the client. As a basis for this, a market and competition analysis was carried out in which general cost reduction requirements were identified.

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Asset valuation freight train locomotives

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Asset valuation freight train locomotives

Customer: Private Investor

On behalf of an investor, SCI Verkehr evaluated the performance of new freight locomotives over their life cycle. The impact of planned maintenance and repair work and the corresponding provisions on the value development were analysed in detail.

Brief evaluation of new EMUs for the UK

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Brief evaluation of new EMUs for the UK

Customer: German credit institution

SCI Verkehr carried out a brief evaluation of opportunities and risks for new EMUs which will serve as a basis for financing decisions.

Valuation of future leasing rates for rolling stock

On behalf of a leasing company already active in the rolling stock segment, SCI Verkehr performed a regular analysis of the leasing revenues expected

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Valuation of future leasing rates for rolling stock

Customer: Leasing company

On behalf of a leasing company already active in the rolling stock segment, SCI Verkehr performed a regular analysis of the leasing revenues expected for the entire vehicle portfolio. Depending on the fleet structure and the market demand expected, the leasing revenues and downtimes of the vehicles were assessed. These served as the foundation for the business plan.

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Economic survey logistics Hamburg

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Economic survey logistics Hamburg

Customer: Logistics initiative Hamburg

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Feasibility study for the creation of a logistics competence center (InLog) in the eastern Ruhr district

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Feasibility study for the creation of a logistics competence center (InLog) in the eastern Ruhr district

Customer: Hamm Society for the Promotion of Economic Development

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Feasibility study for H2 buses

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Feasibility study for H2 buses

Customer: Transport authority

On behalf of one of the largest German transport authority, SCI Verkehr (as project manager) compiled the feasibility study “Infrastructural and operational requirements for the economic operation of hydrogen-powered buses“. For this purpose, the vehicle-related, infrastructural and operational possibilities and future developments were evaluated. As a result, SCI Verkehr recommended an experiential project regarding the introduction of hydrogen-powered buses in standard operation. The project was decided by the accompanying advisory board.

Assessment of maintenance capacities in North Rhine-Westphalia

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Assessment of maintenance capacities in North Rhine-Westphalia

Customer: Medium-sized transport company and vehicle maintenance provider

A medium-sized transport company is looking to assess developments in the short-distance passenger transport market and their consequences for maintenance in North Rhine-Westphalia. The following targets are of paramount importance: 1) analysis and assessment of basic conditions of the short-distance passenger transport market; 2) processing market developments in the short-distance passenger transport market; 3) deduction of demand potential for maintenance work. With the available survey, SCI Verkehr GmbH is compiling the basis for these assessments in June 2006.

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Optimization of logistical and transport costs

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In the context of European production location integration into the worldwide logistics concept, storage and transport processes are adapted; benchmarking of service providers.

Preparation of bidding documents for tenders in eastern Germany

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Preparation of bidding documents for tenders in eastern Germany

Customer: Commuter rail operator

SCI Verkehr supported the transport company in the conceptual and practical preparation of two commuter rail bids in eastern Germany. The services ranged from the development and assessment of a vehicle concept to conceptual, technical and editorial support to operational and organisational support.

Supporting the restructuring of a leading European rail freight company

A leading European rail freight company has to reorganize itself completely in terms of profitability, efficiency and reliability. SCI Verkehr was

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Supporting the restructuring of a leading European rail freight company

Customer: European rail freight company

A leading European rail freight company has to reorganize itself completely in terms of profitability, efficiency and reliability. SCI Verkehr was commissioned to support the restructuring process actively and to bring in expertise in railway operation, processes and strategy. Focus is also put on close involvement in terms of co-determination .