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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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Support restructuring projects

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Support restructuring projects

Customer: Internationally leading rail freight company

SCI Verkehr supported a European rail freight company with central restructuring projects. Market and competition expectations were reviewed. At the same time, benchmarks were developed to set up the production and distribution units economically. SCI Verkehr prepared, guided and evaluated the implementation process.

Commercial Due Diligence

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Commercial Due Diligence

Customer: Financial investor

On behalf of a financial investor, SCI Verkehr conducted a commercial due diligence on a globally active railway supplier. Focus was put on the analysis of future development potential of the core markets as well as the future expected competitive situation of the target. Moreover, a business plan entailing the assumptions of the management regarding the target’s development opportunities was examined.

Market Analyses Examples

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market volumes and market driver for strategic business segment planning

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On behalf of a supplier group in the rail vehicle business, SCI Verkehr prepares market data for strategic business segment planning on a yearly basis. This encompasses the differentiation and analysis of market volumes and underlying drivers based on vehicle segments as well as world market regions.

Market potential analysis for innovative infrastructure components

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Market potential analysis for innovative infrastructure components

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On behalf of an industrial group, SCI Verkehr analysed the market potential for innovative infrastructure components. The focus was placed on a market and competition analysis in Germany, France and Italy.

Worldwide demand and competitor analysis with focus China

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Worldwide demand and competitor analysis with focus China

Customer: Globally active rail vehicle manufacturer

SCI Verkehr analyzed the market for diesel engines in locomotives. Based on the current and future demand situation, Chinese manufacturers are the focus of this analysis with regard to current and future market shares. For this, details regarding suppliers and price levels of engines are analyzed.

Asset Valuation Examples

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Value appraisal of shunting locomotives

Customer: Locomotive manufacturer

On behalf of a locomotive manufacturer, SCI Verkehr developed a valua appraisal of several shunting locomotive types. The current market situation and the competition in this specific segment were analysed in depth.

fair value determination of multiple units and locomotives

SCI Verkehr determined the fair value of regional multiple units and shunting locomotives in Europe as the basis of a business transaction. The fair

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fair value determination of multiple units and locomotives

Customer: European leasing company

SCI Verkehr determined the fair value of regional multiple units and shunting locomotives in Europe as the basis of a business transaction. The fair value is determined by SCI Verkehr using the cost-based DRC method and includes the current and expected future development of the regional rail and rail freight transport markets.

Valuation European locomotive portfolio

On behalf of a leading European lessor of locomotives, SCI Verkehr carries out an annual fleet assessment of the existing fleet and new procurements.

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Valuation European locomotive portfolio

Customer: European lessor of locomotives

On behalf of a leading European lessor of locomotives, SCI Verkehr carries out an annual fleet assessment of the existing fleet and new procurements. Assessment is conducted by taking into account the cost-based DRC method.

Public Consulting Examples

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Cost/Benefit analysis of interoperability

Customer: European Union

SCI Verkehr will carry out a cost-benefit analysis for the EU to evaluate the economic effects of interoperability guidelines for conventional transport. In particular, the consequences of interoperability for the railway industry will be identified and evaluated in cooperation with the AEIF.

RAILTEST- Examination of European testing facilities.

In cooperation with European consulting and research establishments (ARRC (UK); ERRI (the Netherlands); Holland Railconsult (the Netherlands)), all

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RAILTEST- Examination of European testing facilities.

Customer: European Commission

In cooperation with European consulting and research establishments (ARRC (UK); ERRI (the Netherlands); Holland Railconsult (the Netherlands)), all testing facilities in Europe are examined, as are the potential synergies between them. SCI Verkehr emphasises the investigation of testing facilities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and is carrying out a comprehensive synergy analysis of all European facilities.

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Profitability Analysis Examples

LCC-/Feasibility Study of Modern Freight Wagons

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LCC-/Feasibility Study of Modern Freight Wagons

Customer: Federal Ministry

In the context of a research project, SCI Verkehr analyses the efficiency, i.e. Life Cycle Costs (LCC) of different freight wagons in operation. Therefore, a LCC model is designed which particularly assesses the use of innovative components in an economical manner. Not only investment and operating costs, but the entire freight wagon in operation is assessed. In doing so, the cost/benefit analysis is not restricted to wagon owners, and advantages for operators, shippers and the environment can also be taken into account and evaluated.

Customs procedures for the container traffic Denmark ? German North Sea harbours ? Overseas newly to be installed

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Customs procedures for the container traffic Denmark ? German North Sea harbours ? Overseas newly to be installed

Customer: Logistic company

The European liberalisation of railway traffic allows the utilisation of the infrastructure by private railway transportation enterprises also across national borders. However, as opposed to the state railways, the regional railways cannot make use of the simplified common shipping procedure but are subject to the regulating procedures of the common / community shipping procedure. With this report a recommendation was developed for procedural management under the existing conditions.

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Customer: Global player in food industry

A leading company in the food industry is planning to close individual, independently operating logistics locations with storages and commissioning in Germany or to re-utilise them as pure cross dock storage. To this end, SCI Verkehr is carrying out a cross check, is providing important advice on potential risks of the planned concept and is suggesting possible amendments to the plan developed by the customer.

Strategic realignment of leading European freight railway

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Customer: Leading European freight railway

The commissioning railway company active in European rail freight transport is in an economically strained situation with clearly decreasing market shares, declining transport services and unsatisfactory performance. Defined objectives of the company are to increase production stability, reorganise operations of sales and production as well as increasing productivity and economic improvement of selected areas of operation. SCI Verkehr was commissioned to monitor and accompany the process as expert consultant.

Expert support for planned logistical changes

A midsized brewery planned to make comprehensive changes to its logistical structures based upon the expertise of an external advisor. This mainly

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Expert support for planned logistical changes

Customer: Midsized brewery

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