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  • Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on the Railway Sector in EuropeAlso available for rail passenger or rail freight only! Rail passenger transport has been particularly hard hit by the Europe-wide restrictions on contact, with demand plummeting between 40% (Sweden) and 90% (Italy, France) in April.
  • Passenger Rail Transport Markets - Global Market TrendsAfter a moderate growth phase over the past five years (2.5%) p.a. 2013-18), the global passenger rail transport performance will increase by 3.4% per year between 2018 and 2023. In China, by far the largest single market, the expansion of high-speed networks is a key role in the continuing growth of passenger rail transport.
  • Buses - Global Market Trends 2019Only 0.2% of all buses in Europe are electrified. At 0.4%, Germany is even above the European average, but China shows what is possible: here the share of electric buses is already 14%. Political efforts to promote electric mobility in local public transport are picking up noticeably worldwide.
  • Light Rail Vehicles - Global Market Trends 2019A key result of this study: dynamic growth of 8% per annum in the OEM market is expected over the next five years. The key driver for this is the increasing number of cities that have to replace their old vehicles or opt for the construction of a new light rail transit (LRT) infrastructure.
  • Thales - Ground TransportationFor 2019, Thales are expected to continue showing solid momentum, achieving organic growth of about 3% - 4%. compared  to  2018,  incorporating  the normalisation  of  growth  in  the  transport  segment  after  an  exceptional performance it had in 2018. The company intends to continue to invest in R&D, specifically targeting digital technologies.
  • Electric Locomotives - Global Market Trends 2019Despite climate commitments and decarbonization strategies of the EU and national states, the European market for electric locomotives can be characterised as rather mixed than dynamic. Significant growth can only be expected in the East, while the demand in Western Europe will even decline slightly after peaking in 2018.

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USA / Government to stop Vossloh deal with CRRC

The US government is intending to prevent the planned sale of the diesel locomotive division of German railway technology supplier Vossloh to Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC. At the end of April 2020, the German Federal Cartel Office approved the EUR 100 million deal (((18/2020-79436))). The US government fears a security risk but does not officially comment on the matter. Before the sale to CRRC, Vossloh was even considered a candidate for bankruptcy. Although the Chinese side expressly refused to answer some questions of the German Federal Cartel Office, the deal was approved despite some reservations. It can hardly be stopped since the German Federal Ministry of Economics approved the deal in February 2020.
Source: Capital 21.05.2020

Switzerland / Spuhler takes over as Group CEO for Stadler

Peter Spuhler, Chair of the Board of Directors for rolling stock manufacturer Stadler, takes over the position of Group CEO from Thomas Ahlburg. Due to different opinions regarding Stadler\'s strategic and organisational development, the Board of Directors and the current Group CEO Ahlburg have decided to terminate the employment relationship by mutual agreement. Until a successor is appointed, the Chair of the Board of Directors, Spuhler, will also assume the office of Group CEO with immediate effect. Ahlburg will continue to serve the company as Senior Advisor until the end of 2020.
Source: Stadler press release 21.05.2020

Norway / Bane Nor receives additional budget of EUR 75 million

Norwegian infrastructure manager Bane Nor has been granted an additional budget of EUR 75 million (NOK 826 million) in the revised state budget by the Norwegian government. A share of EUR 50 million of this is additional funding. The additional budget will be invested in the expansion of the Follo, Ostfold and Vestfold lines, the costs of which have increased (((14/2020-78524))).
Source: IRJ 15.05.2020

USA / Siemens and Ondas Networks enter partnership

Siemens Mobility has partnered with Ondas Networks, a wireless network developer, to bring various wireless radio communications systems to the North American market. Ondas is a developer of a mission-critical Internet of Things (MC-IoT) infrastructure that equips rolling stock with high-performance wireless networks. The partnership will develop new radios that are compatible with Siemens\'s Advanced Train Control System (ATCS) and are MC-IoT capable. The radio devices for track and base stations are scheduled to be launched in 2021.
Source: Siemens press release 14.05.2020

Brazil / Online platform to monitor electric buses in South America launched

On 14th May 2020, the Laboratorio de Mobilidade Sustentavel (LABOMB) of the University of Rio de Janeiro has launched an online platform to monitor 1,229 electric buses that are in operation in 27 South American cities. The platform was launched in cooperation with the Zero Emission Bus Rapid-Deployment Accelerator (ZEBRA) project. The website will show how many electric buses are deployed in each city, the share of zero-emission buses of the total bus fleet, and the amount of CO2 savings per year.
Source: Sustainable Bus 14.05.2020