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Germany / Knorr-Bremse mourns death of Heinz Hermann Thiele

On 23rd February 2021, Heinz Hermann Thiele, majority shareholder and long-time chair of the executive board and chair of the supervisory board of German components manufacturer Knorr-Bremse, died at the age of 79. Thiele led the company for more than two decades as chair of the board. In 2007 he relinquished operational management and moved to the supervisory board as chair.
Source: Knorr-Bremse press release 23.02.2021

USA / Court dismisses lawsuit regarding antitrust proceedings

On 19th February 2021, a federal court in Washington DC dismissed a lawsuit by railway companies BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern (NS) and Union Pacific (UP) to exclude certain evidence from future antitrust proceedings. The four largest rail freight transport operators are accused by 200 of the country’s largest rail shippers of violating US antitrust laws during a five-year period by conspiring to fix prices for rail freight transport services through coordinated fuel surcharges. Any company that paid BNSF, CSX, NS and UP to transport freight by rail between 2003 and 2008 may be able to seek substantial compensation.
Source: Hausfeld press release 19.02.2021

Ukraine / Stadler assesses cooperation with KEVRZ

On 23rd February 2021, representatives of Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler and the Kiev-based multiple-unit train repair plant KEVRZ met to consider the possibility of localising production. Stadler is being considered as one of the potential suppliers of rolling stock for a project announced by Ukrainian state railway UZ to integrate the railway network with the City Express urban transport system, which will merge major cities with their surrounding localities into a single transport area. According to UZ, the company is now ready to discuss its vision and plans for the project with potential investors and make decisions based on the feasibility study, economic effect and degree of localisation of production. A first meeting between Stadler and representatives of the Ukrainian government had already taken place in early February 2021 (((05/2021-90443))).
Source: UZ press release 23.02.2021

Croatia / Koncar to maintain Traxx locomotives for Railpool

On 2nd February 2021, the leasing company Railpool and the Croatian rolling stock manufacturer Koncar signed a contract for the maintenance of Traxx locomotives. The maintenance work will be carried out at Koncar\'s workshop in Zagreb.
Source: Railpool press release 22.01.2021

International / European electric bus market increases 22% in 2020 despite pandemic

In 2020, the battery-electric bus market in Western Europe plus Poland increased by 22% despite the coronavirus pandemic, with 2,062 electric buses being registered compared to 1,685 new vehicles in 2019. A total of 5,087 electric buses have been delivered since 2012. Of these, almost 75% were delivered in 2019 and 2020. According to data provided by Chatrou CME Solutions, 53% of the city buses registered in 2020 had an alternative propulsion. In 2019, the figure was at 39.6%. The proportion of battery-electric buses among all Class I buses in 2020 was 15%, which was an increase from nearly 12% in 2019. In terms of manufacturers, the most buses were delivered by Chinese company BYD and Polish Solaris with 412 and 406 electric buses respectively. Volvo ranked third with 217 buses and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) was fourth with 190 vehicles. The procurement of hybrid buses has experienced an increase of 35% to 2,733 vehicles. The deliveries of CNG-powered buses also registered growth of 20% compared to the volumes of 2019.
Source: Sustainable Bus 22.02.2021

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Strategic Management Consultancy Examples

Due diligence support fleet of regional railcars

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

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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.

Market potential analysis for locomotive leasing

An internationally operating investment company intended to strategically expand its existing financing volume of leasing locomotives. SCI Verkehr

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Market potential analysis for locomotive leasing

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An internationally operating investment company intended to strategically expand its existing financing volume of leasing locomotives. SCI Verkehr analysed selected European core markets and in particular evaluated future investment potential for alternatively-powered locomotives as well as for locomotives used for infrastructure works.

Market entry barriers Swedish rolling stock market

On behalf of an Asian rolling stock manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analyses barriers to enter the market for new rolling stock in

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Market entry barriers Swedish rolling stock market

Customer: Rolling stock manufacturer

On behalf of an Asian rolling stock manufacturer, SCI Verkehr analyses barriers to enter the market for new rolling stock in Sweden.

Market Analyses Examples

Provision of market data for a strategic process

On behalf of an Asian company, SCI Verkehr compiled relevant world market data for rail vehicles and railway infrastructure.

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Provision of market data for a strategic process

Customer: Rail vehicle manufacturer

On behalf of an Asian company, SCI Verkehr compiled relevant world market data for rail vehicles and railway infrastructure.

Analysis of current production figures and market shares for rail vehicles in Europe

On behalf of a supplier, SCI Verkehr analysed current production volumes and the market position of relevant rail vehicle manufacturers in the

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Analysis of current production figures and market shares for rail vehicles in Europe

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On behalf of a supplier, SCI Verkehr analysed current production volumes and the market position of relevant rail vehicle manufacturers in the European market. By analysing the marketability of current product platforms, an assessment was also made of the market position of all competitors for the next 5 years.

Research into the market for rolling stock components in selected countries in Eastern Europe and the CIS

On behalf of a leading component manufacturer in Europe, SCI Verkehr performed a competitor analysis in selected countries in Eastern Europe and the

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Research into the market for rolling stock components in selected countries in Eastern Europe and the CIS

Customer: Component supplier

On behalf of a leading component manufacturer in Europe, SCI Verkehr performed a competitor analysis in selected countries in Eastern Europe and the CIS. The analysis focused on local manufacturers with low production costs. The competitor analysis was complemented by an analysis of market potential.

Asset Valuation Examples

Valuation of second-hand locomotive fleet

SCI Verkehr estimates the valuation of a second-hand locomotive fleet in the Iberian market. The report supports the internal decision-making of the

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Valuation of second-hand locomotive fleet

Customer: Rail freight operator

SCI Verkehr estimates the valuation of a second-hand locomotive fleet in the Iberian market. The report supports the internal decision-making of the company as well as the financing process for the acquisition of the locomotives.

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Customer: Leasing company

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.

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In-depth analysis of suitability of a site with regard to industry structure

SCI Verkehr investigated a former industrial site?s suitability as a logistics site. In order to support the political and planning discussion

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In-depth analysis of suitability of a site with regard to industry structure

Customer: Company for economic development

SCI Verkehr investigated a former industrial site?s suitability as a logistics site. In order to support the political and planning discussion concerning this site, SCI Verkehr compiled settlement scenarios for the various industries in which ideal types of logistics centres were modelled for the respective industries. The parameters of the models were the size of the plant, lorry transport, car transport and the number of workplaces. In addition, on the basis of the scenarios, constraints in the surrounding transport network were identified and a proposal made for optimising access to the site.

Serbian priorities, financial aid and interests of the NRW economy for the reconstruction of the infrastructure in Serbia.

Technical preparation of a delegation journey of the Prime Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphallia, Herr Wolfgang Clement, to Serbia. For

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Serbian priorities, financial aid and interests of the NRW economy for the reconstruction of the infrastructure in Serbia.

Customer: Ministerium für Wirtschaft und Mittelstand, Energie und Verkehr des Landes NRW (The Ministry for Economy and Small Business, Energy and Traffic of State North Rhine-Westphalia)

Technical preparation of a delegation journey of the Prime Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphallia, Herr Wolfgang Clement, to Serbia. For this purpose information was collected concerning the priorities on the side of Serbia for the reconstruction of the infrastructure, sources and conditions of financing and also concerning the interests of the NRW economical community in reconstruction in Serbia.

Profitability Analysis Examples

Innovative drives for rail vehicles

On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport, SCI Verkehr investigated the applicability of innovative drives for rail vehicles that run on

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Innovative drives for rail vehicles

Customer: Federal Ministry of Transport

On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport, SCI Verkehr investigated the applicability of innovative drives for rail vehicles that run on non-electrified lines. In addition to economic efficiency, changes relevant to the environment (e.g. emission reduction) were also evaluated.

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Process optimization Examples

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

The European liberalisation of railway traffic allows the utilisation of the infrastructure by private railway transportation enterprises also across

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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.

Development of offer for line-related tender invitations of RPST services in the State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Analysis of tender invitation, specification of performance profile and offer support for the public tender for several routes of the rail-bound

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Development of offer for line-related tender invitations of RPST services in the State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Customer: Stadtwerke Schwerin / Mecklenburgbahn GmbH

Analysis of tender invitation, specification of performance profile and offer support for the public tender for several routes of the rail-bound passenger short-distance transport of the State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern within the scope of the regionalisation of the RPST; Start-up of operation of the Mecklenburg railways based on the 1st offer scheduled for June 2001.

Optimization of the Land-Sea Interface as part of a maritime network group

Investigation on behalf of the SH Technology

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Optimization of the Land-Sea Interface as part of a maritime network group

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Investigation on behalf of the SH Technology Foundation