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Railway supply industry news round-up

09 Feb 2018

Ontario Northland has obtained locomotive engine line boring equipment, which it says makes it the only railway in Canada offering in-house line boring capabilities to external customers. ‘Our line boring machine is a portable computerised unit that is capable of driving multiple different cutting heads, we can bore 6 to 15 in in diameter, allowing us to work on a greater variety of engine types’, said Dan Monfils, Senior Manager of the Locomotive Repair Shop.

As part of an import substitution programme, Kazakh rolling stock manufacturer EKVK is investing 54bn tenge in a wheelset production complex in Ekibastuz which will have a capacity of 200 000 wheels/year.

Indra has joined the International Union of Public Transport. ‘Our incorporation in the UITP is a clear example of our commitment to the transport sector and our willingness to share and capitalise on our know-how in smart solutions and systems to improve mobility and make it more efficient, more sustainable and safer’, said Berta Barrero, Head of the company’s Transportation department.

Transport planning software company GIRO has announced a partnership with the Institute for Data Valorization. ‘Partnering with IVADO allows us to pursue our close relationship with researchers at the universities in Montréal and to reaffirm our long-term commitment to developing leading-edge tools to satisfy our clients and the users of public transport’, said Director of Optimisation Algorithms Charles Fleuren.

TÜV Rheinland has certified Alpha Trains Europa under DIN EN ISO 9001:2015, covering the procurement, leasing and fleet management of rail vehicles.’The certification and our many years of success in the market show that we are succeeding in this and that our quality management system works’, explained Thomas Schmidt, Managing Director, Passenger Division, on February 6

AEGIS Certification Services has been accredited by the UK Accreditation Service to provide a full range of rail sector independent assessment and certification services including acting as a EU-wide Notified Body, UK Designated Body and RIS-2700-RST Rail Vehicle Verification Body. This adds to accreditations as an Assessment Body under Common Safety Methods for Risk Evaluation & Assessment and a RIS-1710-PLT Plant Assessment Body. 'It is a natural stepping stone in the progression and growth of the AEGIS brand and will allow us to offer the complete one stop shop solution to our valued clients', said Managing Director Mark McCool.

Multi-disciplinary design and engineering company BakerHicks has completed the move from Stratford-upon-Avon to its new headquarters at One Warwick Technology Park.

Mike O’Malley has become President of the US Railway Supply Institute, taking over for Tom Simpson, who has retired.