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Norway / Newly elected government to reduce competition in rail transport 

The newly elected Norwegian government has presented a programme to strengthen rail transport in the country which includes the termination of competition, splitting up and privatising the railway, and stopping the ongoing tendering of railway lines in Norway. A part of the programme will be capacity increases for both passenger and rail freight transport, and a review of the current organisation of the railway sector to achieve a simpler organisation and a clearer division of responsibilities between the transport ministry, the railway directorate and infrastructure manager Bane NOR.
Source: Bane NOR press release 14.10.2021

Belgium / Government to invest EUR 2 million per year in night services

Georges Gilkinet, the Belgian Minister of Mobility, has announced EUR 2 million per year from the federal government for the development of night train services. In a survey conducted by the Federal Public Service (FPS) for Mobility in August 2021, 62% of Belgians had indicated interest in this mode of transport. Currently, the service in Belgium is limited to the Brussels - Vienna line, which is served by the Nightjet trains of Austrian state railway (ÖBB) (((50/2020-88282))). According to the Minister of Transport, the funds are intended to encourage new night transport providers by providing direct support.
Source: Belgian Mobility Ministry press release 14.10.2021

Poland / PKP Intercity tenders leasing of 5 diesel locomotives

Polish long-distance transport operator PKP Intercity has published a tender for the leasing of five diesel locomotives. Bids can be submitted until 5th November 2021, with the vehicles scheduled to be delivered by 30th December 2021. The leasing term is to be three years with an option for an extension for another year. 
Source: Rynek Kolejowy 20.10.2021

Spain / Hitachi Rail to maintain ETR 1000 HSTs for Ilsa

Spanish private high-speed rail (HSR) operator Ilsa has awarded Hitachi Rail España a contract worth EUR 737 million for the maintenance of its new fleet of 20 high-speed trains (HST) of the ETR 1000 series. The 30-year contract covers the maintenance of the vehicles until 2052. The measures will be realised at a site in Madrid. Ilsa will begin its operations in the second half of 2022 (H2/2022), connecting Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Seville, Málaga and Córdoba (((05/2021-90553))). The operator recently received the first of the new HSTs (((36/2021-100293))).
Source: Hitachi press release 21.10.2021

France / Alstom to sell Aptis electric bus subsidiary 

French railway technology supplier Alstom is planning to sell Aptis, its subsidiary for electric buses, by the end of 2021. If this is not successful, operations are to be discontinued. According to Alstom, Aptis has not benefited from the significant growth of the electric bus market in France and Europe. Aptis has so far received orders for 87 buses, of which 62 have yet to be delivered.
Source: Rail Business 21.10.2021

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Strategic Management Consultancy Examples

Logistics concept beverage industry

A leading group of the beverage industry currently has more than 60 sites in Germany. From these sites, customers are supplied by means of

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Logistics concept beverage industry

Customer: Global player of the beverage industry

A leading group of the beverage industry currently has more than 60 sites in Germany. From these sites, customers are supplied by means of predominantly self-organised logistics. Together with the management and the Central Works Council, SCI Verkehr worked out an integrated logistics concept providing an outlook up to 2020.

Organisation and support of a Chinese delegation

On behalf of a Chinese freight wagon manufacturer, SCI Verkehr organises meetings with European rail technology companies. The aim is to identify

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Organisation and support of a Chinese delegation

Customer: Asian rail technology company

On behalf of a Chinese freight wagon manufacturer, SCI Verkehr organises meetings with European rail technology companies. The aim is to identify common business areas and to discuss cooperation potentials. In addition to organising the meetings, SCI Verkehr also accompanies the delegation through negotiations.

European rail transportation company

On behalf of a European transportation company, SCI Verkehr analysed delivery difficulties for Intercity rail cars in Europe from 2000. Special

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European rail transportation company

Customer: Analysis of supply difficulties of rail cars in Europe

On behalf of a European transportation company, SCI Verkehr analysed delivery difficulties for Intercity rail cars in Europe from 2000. Special emphasis was placed on the identification of causes and deducible systematic problems of occurring delivery delays. The transport company wants to use the results for risk minimisation measures for future vehicle purchases.

Market Analyses Examples

Customer segmentation

SCI Verkehr was commissioned by a non-European industrial group to evaluate the relevant future topics of German Railway (Deutsche Bahn) and the

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Customer segmentation

Customer: International Company

SCI Verkehr was commissioned by a non-European industrial group to evaluate the relevant future topics of German Railway (Deutsche Bahn) and the railway in Germany. For this future scenario Bahn 2020, 50 sector experts from business, industry, politics, operations and science were interviewed about the future challenges they expect the railway system to face. The market was segmented in order to identify starting points for a successful and long-term sales strategy.

Market potentials for infrastructure components

On behalf of a globally active company, SCI Verkehr examines market potentials for infrastructure components. In particular, innovative materials and

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Market potentials for infrastructure components

Customer: Global company

On behalf of a globally active company, SCI Verkehr examines market potentials for infrastructure components. In particular, innovative materials and processes are assessed with regards to their operation on railway track systems.

Analysis European locomotive market

On behalf of a leasing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the current situation and future development of the European locomotive market. For this,

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Analysis European locomotive market

Customer: Leasing company

On behalf of a leasing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the current situation and future development of the European locomotive market. For this, current procurement volumes as well as production capacities were analysed to present an outlook on the future supply and demand structure.

Asset Valuation Examples

Value assessment based on the DRC method of special-purpose vehicles for track maintenance

On behalf of an international infrastructure company, SCI Verkehr assesses the value development of a track maintenance vehicle based on the DRC

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Value assessment based on the DRC method of special-purpose vehicles for track maintenance

Customer: Infrastructure company

On behalf of an international infrastructure company, SCI Verkehr assesses the value development of a track maintenance vehicle based on the DRC method. Estimating effects of the future market development of track construction and maintenance on value development represent an important part.

Asset valuation of Dutch railcars

On behalf of a transport company, SCI Verkehr determined the fair market value for a fleet of electric multiple units (EMU) in the Netherlands. The

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Asset valuation of Dutch railcars

Customer: Transport company

On behalf of a transport company, SCI Verkehr determined the fair market value for a fleet of electric multiple units (EMU) in the Netherlands. The focus of the asset-based DRC approach was a detailed analysis of the Dutch passenger rail transport market as well as opportunities for reuse of the vehicles.

Value analysis of modernized diesel locomotives

Comparative study of new and second-hand vehicles in relation to their rail service and value stability. Assessment of the potential use and sale of

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Value analysis of modernized diesel locomotives

Customer: Industry

Comparative study of new and second-hand vehicles in relation to their rail service and value stability. Assessment of the potential use and sale of second-hand and modernised diesel locomotives as basis of a value analysis across their life cycle. Provision of the value so determined as asset security for financing.

Public Consulting Examples

Technical/economical assessment of new development and upgrading of a testing centre

On behalf of national and regional authorities, SCI Verkehr examined the new development and upgrading of a testing centre for rolling stock and

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Technical/economical assessment of new development and upgrading of a testing centre

Customer: Public sector

On behalf of national and regional authorities, SCI Verkehr examined the new development and upgrading of a testing centre for rolling stock and infrastructure components in an EU country. This primarily involved the analysis of future test requirements and test potential as well as transferring this information into a technical/economical analysis to identify the optimum upgrade level for the current volume of funding.

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.

Situation and Perspectives of the Railway Industry in North-Rhine-Westphalia

Analysis of trends within the railway industry in the German state of North-Rhine-Westphalia, empirical inquiry of the extensive qualitative and

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Situation and Perspectives of the Railway Industry in North-Rhine-Westphalia

Customer: Ministry of Economy, Technology and Transport of North-Rhine-Westphalia

Analysis of trends within the railway industry in the German state of North-Rhine-Westphalia, empirical inquiry of the extensive qualitative and quantitative data of companies of the railway sector in NRW, profile of strengths and weaknesses of the branch, options for action for the Ministry of Economy, Technology and Transport of North-Rhine-Westphalia with regard to industry, traffic and region.

Profitability Analysis Examples

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Strategy development own fleet

A global player in the beverage industry operates its own truck fleet in order to distribute its products in Germany. SCI Verkehr was commissioned to

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Strategy development own fleet

Customer: Global player in the beverage industry

A global player in the beverage industry operates its own truck fleet in order to distribute its products in Germany. SCI Verkehr was commissioned to develop a strategy for the fleet´s further development, taking into account external influences (e.g. transport market) as well as internal structures. The process was closely coordinated with the customer and employee representatives and a joint implementation process was agreed upon.

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.

Process optimization Examples

Reorganisation of system transport business processes

Analysis of the daily operational processes in trans-shipping facilities and in administrative areas. Direct support in the implementation of

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Reorganisation of system transport business processes

Customer: Shipping/Logistics company

Analysis of the daily operational processes in trans-shipping facilities and in administrative areas. Direct support in the implementation of suggestions for improvement of daily operations.

Implementation of operational excellence project in logistics

In autumn 2008, a client from the food industry carried out a wide-reaching operational excellence project at one of its sites. In this project, the

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Implementation of operational excellence project in logistics

Customer: Global player in the food industry

In autumn 2008, a client from the food industry carried out a wide-reaching operational excellence project at one of its sites. In this project, the production and logistics (warehousing and distribution) systems were examined and various changes resolved. One of the main changes to the logistics system was an optimisation of loading during the night. SCI Verkehr supported the implementation of the changes, also operationally, and held several meetings on location in order to ensure the sustainability of the process changes.

Application for rail sidings subsidies

A medium-sized forwarding company is planning to extend its existing railways siding and to improve it by setting up a handling hall. In order to

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Application for rail sidings subsidies

Customer: Medium-sized forwarding company

A medium-sized forwarding company is planning to extend its existing railways siding and to improve it by setting up a handling hall. In order to construct these facilities, the company will seek governmental subsidies from the sidings track support programme of the Federal Republic of Germany. SCI Verkehr was commissioned to take a leading part in supporting the company´s application.