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Germany / Stadler will officially deliver 1,500 metro cars for BVG

Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler has now officially emerged as the winner of the tendering process launched by Berlin-based public transport operator BVG for the supply of up to 1,500 metro cars. After Alstom, as one of the losing bidders, had requested a review procedure (((34/2019-72322))), the Berlin Court of Appeal has now rejected this appeal in the final instance. The framework agreement with a total volume of up to EUR 3 billion also covers the supply of spare parts over a period of 32 years. Part of the framework agreement is a fixed minimum order quantity of 606 cars. Thus, from 2022, Stadler will supply 376 cars for two-car to four-car metros for the small and large profile sections in an initial call for orders. A further 230 cars are on firm order, but will only be called off at a later date. There is also the possibility of calling up to 894 further cars from the framework agreement.
Source: Stadler press release 20.03.2020

Russia / RZD opens new headquarters to prevent coronavirus spread

Russian state railway RZD has set up new operational headquarters to provide support and coordination for rail freight transport operators, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. According to its own account, RZD is calling on everyone in the rail freight transport market to show maximum solidarity and ensure constructive cooperation to solve transport problems. Furthermore, RZD will take all possible measures to support and assist small and medium-sized companies in their transport and logistics activities. Each problem that comes up will be promptly addressed individually with feedback, including solutions to resolve the current situation. Based on the results of processing all requests in real time, the company will compile a list of quick-response, regulatory, and financial measures for consideration by the relevant authorities. The headquarters will be responsible for providing operational support for rail freight transport operators as well as coordinating activities to prevent and stop the spread of new coronavirus infections; considering, approving, and executing applications for rail freight transport as well as ensuring the organisation and control of payments with RZD customers; and minimising the risks from reductions in shipping volumes and other negative effects for shippers. According to RZD, 5,000 users had signed up for the service as of 23rd March 2020.
Source: RZD press release 25.03.2020

South Korea / Hyundai Rotem to deliver 120 EMU cars for GTX Seoul

Korean project promoter SG Rail has awarded a contract worth EUR 257.4 million (KRW 345.2 billion) to Korean rolling stock manufacturer Hyundai Rotem to supply 120 cars for electric multiple units (EMU) for Line A of the Great Train Express (GTX) project in Seoul. This is the first rolling stock order for the new three-line GTX regional rail network serving the Korean capital (((15/2017-52766))). The EMU cars will be delivered in time for the opening of Line A in 2024. The 15 eight-car EMUs will have sufficient capacity to accommodate up to 1,090 passengers. The vehicles will have a maximum speed of 180 km/h. Lines B and C of the GTX network were approved in 2019. Line B will connect Songdo with Cheongnyangni and Line C will run from Uijeongbu to Geumjeong. The two lines will add another 130 km to the GTX network by 2027.
Source: Hyundai Rotem press release 20.03.2020

Sweden / CAF to deliver 30 EMUs to AB Transitio

Swedish rolling stock leasing company AB Transitio has ordered 30 electric multiple units (EMU) for regional transport from Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF. The order is part of a framework agreement signed in 2014 (((20/2014-29508))) and includes an option for 34 additional vehicles. The regional trains, worth a total of EUR 580 million (SEK 6.5 billion), are to be delivered from the end of 2022 and will be used in the counties of Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg and Blekinge. The EMUs will probably be of the type Civity Nordic designed for extreme temperatures from -40°C to +40°C.
Source: Official Journal of the European Union 19.03.2020

China / BYD temporarily suspends production

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has decided to temporarily suspend production until 6th April 2020, or until it receives further directions or information. California\'s new reality affects vendors in BYD\'s supply chain which are also facing unprecedented challenges. The company\'s after-sales team will continue to work, providing essential services and care to public and private partners throughout the US. BYD anticipates a slowdown in logistics that will affect how soon it can receive or send parts.
Source: BYD press release 21.03.2020

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Overseeing the acquisition of a component manufacturer

The client intended to acquire a European component manufacturer from the railway industry. Within the scope of a commercial due diligence, SCI

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Overseeing the acquisition of a component manufacturer

Customer: Private equity division of an international bank

The client intended to acquire a European component manufacturer from the railway industry. Within the scope of a commercial due diligence, SCI Verkehr performed an analysis and compiled an expert report on the market volumes in Europe and Asia, as well as the market environment, the short-, medium- and long-term market opportunities and the competitive position of the target. For concrete assumptions and projects SCI Verkehr analysed the go-and get probability and conducted an opportunity and risk analysis of the transaction.

Due diligence support fleet of regional railcars

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Due diligence support fleet of regional railcars

Customer: International leasing company

On behalf of a potential buyer, SCI Verkehr analyzed 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 exisiting lines as well as other networks in the German regional passenger rail transport.

Expert discussions for vendors due diligence

SCI Verkehr accompanied the Q&A process on market and strategy issues in rail vehicle leasing as part of a vendor due diligence, and conducted expert

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Expert discussions for vendors due diligence

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SCI Verkehr accompanied the Q&A process on market and strategy issues in rail vehicle leasing as part of a vendor due diligence, and conducted expert discussions with interested companies.

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Analysis of rail vehicle prices in South-East Asia and Germany

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Analysis of rail vehicle prices in South-East Asia and Germany

Customer: International rail vehicle manufacturer

On behalf of an international vehicle manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analysed the vehicle prices of metro coaches and EMUs delivered to South-East Asia and Germany in the period between 2005 and 2011. The project also included a detailed list of all deliveries with important technical vehicle data as well as a breakdown of manufacturers by mechanics and electrics.

Vehicle and wheel markets worldwide

On behalf of an established wheelset manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analyses the worldwide market for rail wheels. In detail, the current demand for

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Vehicle and wheel markets worldwide

Customer: Established wheel set manufacturer

On behalf of an established wheelset manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analyses the worldwide market for rail wheels. In detail, the current demand for rolling stock of individual countries is combined with long-term indicators, such as transport performance. From this, current and future demand for rail wheels of various types and in various world regions are derived.

Market figures for strategic planning

On behalf of an automobile and railway technology supplier, SCI Verkehr provided validated and structured market data for annual strategic planning

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Market figures for strategic planning

Customer: Supplier

On behalf of an automobile and railway technology supplier, SCI Verkehr provided validated and structured market data for annual strategic planning which were included into the evaluation of the market potential.

Asset Valuation Examples

Determining fair value of diesel multiple units

In the context of a railway transport company’s refinancing, SCI Verkehr determines the current market value of used diesel multiple units. For

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Determining fair value of diesel multiple units

Customer: Railway transport company

In the context of a railway transport company’s refinancing, SCI Verkehr determines the current market value of used diesel multiple units. For this purpose, SCI Verkehr particularly analyses the future secondary market for diesel-powered regional railcars based on its regional and commuter rail transport and rolling stock databases.

Value appraisal for Intercity trains

On behalf of a manufacturer, SCI Verkehr performed a value appraisal for Intercity trains which are operated in high-performance long-distance

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Value appraisal for Intercity trains

Customer: Vehicle manufacturer

On behalf of a manufacturer, SCI Verkehr performed a value appraisal for Intercity trains which are operated in high-performance long-distance transport. Particularly, a benchmark of competitive products and the evaluation of possible secondary markets for the vehicles were carried out.

Value stability of goods train locomotives

Assessment of the potential risks a financial service provider is running in connection with the sale and financing of second-hand goods train

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Value stability of goods train locomotives

Customer: Financial service provider

Assessment of the potential risks a financial service provider is running in connection with the sale and financing of second-hand goods train locomotives to a Polish railway transport company. Determining the stability of the market value and required additional costs (registration, modernization, etc.) for the continued use of the second-hand vehicles in other areas.

Public Consulting Examples

Implementation of the Permanent Secretariat for the Pan-European Traffic Corridor IV

The permanent secretariat of the steering committee of the Pan-European traffic corridor IV is supporting the steering committee in respect of

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Implementation of the Permanent Secretariat for the Pan-European Traffic Corridor IV

Customer: Federal ministry for transport, building and housing of the Federal Republic of Germany (in co-operation with the ministry for economy and medium-sized businesses, energy and transport of the federal state of North Rhine Westphalia)

The permanent secretariat of the steering committee of the Pan-European traffic corridor IV is supporting the steering committee in respect of operating and subject matter preparation and execution of its work. That is to foster the development and utilisation of the traffic corridor by suitable activities, planning and information and to adapt its operational and traffic-related characteristics to the present and future requirements. The secretariat is working closely with the members of the steering committee, of the steering group railways of the corridor and with the facilities and authorities of the participating countries. It is preparing analyses and recommendations for the governments of the countries and the European Commission and explores financing facilities for development projects.

Schienengüterverkehrstag 2001 (Railway Freight Traffic Conference 2001)

Because of the traffic problems on the road and the expected growth of traffic much hope, particularly in the field of freight traffic, is directed

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Schienengüterverkehrstag 2001 (Railway Freight Traffic Conference 2001)

Customer: Ministerium für Wohnungswesen, Städtebau und Verkehr des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt (Ministry for Housing, Town Planning, and Traffic of State Sachsen-Anhalt)

Because of the traffic problems on the road and the expected growth of traffic much hope, particularly in the field of freight traffic, is directed towards to the railways as a carrier for solving the transportation problems of the future. This was the background for the State of Sachsen-Anhalt to bring together, within the scope of a technical conference, decision makers in politics and science, consignors, and the transportation business, in order to develop initiatives for improving the efficiency and competitive capability of the railway freight traffic. SCI Verkehr has developed and implemented an agenda for this conference. It became possible to win high-ranking speakers from the economy, science, and politics. With more than 300 delegates the event was well received. Because of this success the State of Sachsen-Anhalt has decided to make the Railway Freight Traffic Conference a regular event. The Conference 2002 is scheduled for 5 and 6 September 2002.

Consultancy services and assistance in updating a concept for waterway transport and ports

In cooperation with project partners, SCI Verkehr revised an already existing waterway and port concept. We concretised and adjusted the transport

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Consultancy services and assistance in updating a concept for waterway transport and ports

Customer: Transport ministry

In cooperation with project partners, SCI Verkehr revised an already existing waterway and port concept. We concretised and adjusted the transport targets and principles of the state government, created a new chapter entitled ?Transport and Logistics?, added the chapter ?Environmental/Climate Protection? and derived possible contracts or manageable political concepts for action for the state government from the possible options for action. The new concept was aligned with the port industry and federal government?s master plan for transport and logistics. The aim of the concept was to clarify the importance of inland water transportation and ports for Germany.

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Evaluation of vehicle options to support a local transport tender

On behalf of a railway transport company, SCI Verkehr compiled an independent assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of various vehicle

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Evaluation of vehicle options to support a local transport tender

Customer: Railway transport company

On behalf of a railway transport company, SCI Verkehr compiled an independent assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of various vehicle options in connection with a local transport tender. The realistic consideration of the potential operation of new and/or second-hand vehicles played an important role in this evaluation.

Supporting changes in a production company

In the context of restructuring, a global enterprise in the food industry intends to close a logistics site and several production sites in Germany

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Supporting changes in a production company

Customer: Global player in the food industry

In the context of restructuring, a global enterprise in the food industry intends to close a logistics site and several production sites in Germany as well as to reorganise further core departments. SCI Verkehr surveys the plans and supports the process of negotiating a reconciliation of interests. Also, alternative scenarios are developed and moderated in this context.

Process optimization Examples

Supporting outsourcing planning

A leading company in the luxury foods industry is planning to reorganise its distribution process, which it has performed itself with its own sites

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Supporting outsourcing planning

Customer: Luxury foods manufacturer

A leading company in the luxury foods industry is planning to reorganise its distribution process, which it has performed itself with its own sites and vehicles up to now. The company now intends to contract these services to a logistics service provider (outsourcing). SCI Verkehr is checking the concept put together by the customer internally for plausibility and is giving useful advice for the further negotiations with the service provider.

Supporting a terminal operator in its appeal against the rejection of an application for funding

An application for funding by a midsized intermodal terminal operator was rejected by the authorisation authority responsible. SCI Verkehr advised

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Supporting a terminal operator in its appeal against the rejection of an application for funding

Customer: Terminal operator

An application for funding by a midsized intermodal terminal operator was rejected by the authorisation authority responsible. SCI Verkehr advised the client on all important aspects of the upcoming appeal proceedings and prepared the reasoning for the appeal. Furthermore, in order to develop a strategy with optimum chances of success, SCI Verkehr gathered additional information on the chances of success of the proceedings and on the optimum course of action by means of background discussions in political circles.

Drafting and compilation of a bid for local transport service

On behalf of an international transport company, SCI Verkehr has developed and compiled a bid for services in local rail passenger transport in

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Drafting and compilation of a bid for local transport service

Customer: International transport company

On behalf of an international transport company, SCI Verkehr has developed and compiled a bid for services in local rail passenger transport in southern Germany. In addition, SCI Verkehr was responsible for organisation and bid management.