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Poland / PKP PLK to invest EUR 61.6 million in rail freight infrastructure at eastern border

Polish infrastructure operator PKP PLK is investing EUR 61.6 million (PLN 280 million) in the infrastructure for rail freight transport across the country’s eastern border. Tracks at the Werchrata - Rawa Ruska border crossing to Ukraine will be remodelled in 2022-2023 to accommodate longer trains with a 25 t axleload, while the Siemianówka - Swislocz border crossing will be remodelled to take trains of up to 1,050 m. According to PKP PLK, the works on the standard- and broad-gauge tracks at seven border crossings will improve the competitiveness of rail.
Source: PKP PLK press release 25.08.2021

Russia / VTG orders 100 flat wagons from UWC

On 13th September 2021, Russian leasing company VTG Rail Russia ordered 100 flat wagons for freight containers from Russian rolling stock manufacturer United Wagon Company (UWC). The wagons are to be equipped with newly developed bogies with an axle load of 25 t, which have extended maintenance intervals of 1 million km or eight years of operation.
Source: UWC press release 13.09.2021

France / Government wants to raise rail freight\'s market share to 18% by 2030

On 9th September 2021, the French government published its national strategy for developing rail freight, which writes into law an increase in the market share of rail in overall freight transport from the current 9% to 18% by 2030. By 2050, the share is to be increased to 25%. In order to expand rail freight transport, the halving of track access charges for rail freight operators is to be extended by three years at a cost of EUR 170 million (((31/2020-83061))). Intermodal transport will receive EUR 47 million per year and wagonload transport will receive EUR 70 million per year. New terminals in Sète, Cherbourg, Bayonne and Rungis as well as the introduction of three new piggyback services (((25/2021-96983))) will receive EUR 15 million in support. The French infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau will also receive EUR 230 million in subsidies for maintenance and noise reduction, in addition to the existing renewal budget of EUR 2.9 billion per year up to 2029. EUR 10 million per year will be invested for the rehabilitation of rail freight branch lines.
Source: IRJ 15.09.2021

Czech Republic / CD plans to procure 100 to 200 new trains

Czech state railway CD plans to procure 100 to 200 new trains for passenger transport, according to media reports, with a focus on the procurement of hybrid and hydrogen-powered multiple units (HMU). The manufacturers Alstom, Stadler, Siemens Mobility, Skoda Transportation, ZOS Vrútky as well as Newag and Pesa were invited to the consultations for the procurement. In addition, CD started a preliminary market consultation on 11th September 2021 to investigate the demand for battery- and hydrogen-powered passenger trains as well as dual system trains and conventional electric multiple units (EMU). The aim is to identify the current market supply opportunities around dual-fuel and hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Source: Railway Supply 16.09.2021, IRJ 11.09.2021

Sweden / Nobina orders 122 electric buses from Volvo

On 10th September 2021 bus manufacturer Volvo Buses received three orders from public transport operator Nobina for a total of 122 electric buses for use in the Swedish cities of Gothenburg, Malmö and Hässleholm. The Volvo 7900 Electric (E) and 7900 Electric Articulated (EA) are scheduled for delivery in 2022 and 2023. Nine 7900 E electric buses will be delivered to Hässleholm and 29 more 7900 EA to Malmö. The 60 buses already delivered to Malmö in 2020 (((06/2020-76617))) entered service in September 2021, and 29 more 7900 EA units have now been ordered.
Source: Electrive.net 12.09.2021

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Support regarding operational strategies of a deinvestment

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Support regarding operational strategies of a deinvestment

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On behalf of a highly specialised and internationally successful railway technology company, SCI Verkehr supported the sales process of an in-house development of the company, which no longer fitted into the company's portfolio. This involved the compilation and preparation of an exposé as well as the targeted approach and support of potential interested parties.

Market analysis of the European railway market

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Market analysis of the European railway market

Customer: International financing company

In order to develop a strategy process for an international financing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the present and future of the European railway market. This extensive study focused on identifying demand potential for vehicle financing and rolling stock leasing in rail passenger and freight transport in the leading European markets. The report additionally includes up-to-date market information about transport markets, important transport and leasing companies and the vehicle industry.

Demand analysis electric locomotives in Europe

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Demand analysis electric locomotives in Europe

Customer: International leasing company

On behalf of a leasing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the market development and the demand for new electric locomotives in continental Europe as a basis for an investment decision. The development of ETCS in Europe, infrastructural development and procurements by leasing companies were taken into account for this analysis.

Market Analyses Examples

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Market analysis European locomotive market

Customer: Locomotive leasing company

On behalf of a leading European locomotive leasing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the locomotive fleet and age structure as well as deliveries and withdrawal from service of the locomotives. Within the projects, the locomotives were segmented into freight locomotives as well as diesel and shunting locomotives.

Management workshop on local rail transport financing

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Management workshop on local rail transport financing

Customer: European infrastructure fund

On behalf of a leading European infrastructure fund, SCI Verkehr held a management workshop for local rail vehicle financing in Germany. The aim of the workshop was to identify market potentials regarding vehicle financing for the customer.

Capacities and utilisation rates of European locomotive and freight wagon producers

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Capacities and utilisation rates of European locomotive and freight wagon producers

Customer: International leasing company

On behalf of an international leasing company, SCI Verkehr analysed the capacities and utilisation rates of selected manufacturers of locomotives and freight wagons in Europe. Taking into consideration the known procurement projects, SCI Verkehr compiled an overview of the current and expected future utilisation rates at the relevant production sites. The study served as the basis for potential vehicle procurements and portfolio expansions in the future.

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Survey hopper wagons North America

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Survey hopper wagons North America

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In the context of planned financing of hopper wagons (covered hoppers) in North America, SCI Verkehr carries out a residual value appraisal for a German bank. Fair market value and orderly liquidation value are determined based on asset and market analysis.

Short checking of return policy and costing

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Short checking of return policy and costing

Customer: Bank group

On behalf of a refinancing bank, SCI Verkehr analysed the return policy of regional rail vehicles and in a second step determined a basic scenario of costs to be expected if the vehicles are returned within the contract duration.

Annual fleet valuation of a freight wagon portfolio for an investor

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Annual fleet valuation of a freight wagon portfolio for an investor

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On behalf of an investor, SCI Verkehr carried out follow-up valuations for an extensive portfolio of freight wagons in Europe. This included a comprehensive supply and demand analysis of the European freight wagon market. The valuation was carried out in accordance with DCF and DRC methodology.

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eLogistics Study

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Railway traffic in the region - a model project of Regional and Urban Planning

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Railway traffic in the region - a model project of Regional and Urban Planning

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Development steel logistics centre

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A leading railway company in Europe is planning to build a steel logistics centre in Germany. In a preliminary study, SCI Verkehr will develop key aspects and will identify customers and markets for this centre.

Development opportunities for a private siding in the Ruhr valley

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Process improvements in production

Customer: Midsized producer in the food industry

A midsized company in the food industry had to generate significant savings in the production processes in order to remain competitive in the market. SCI Verkehr identified saving potential in production and hosted the subsequent dialogue between the works council and management.

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

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

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Implementation and monitoring of structures and processes in a workshop

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Implementation and monitoring of structures and processes in a workshop

Customer: Global player in the food industry

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