NETHERLANDS: Voestalpine announced its acquisition of the Baas R&D research department of Baas BV on June 27.

Based at Waddinxveen, Baas R&D specialises in development and production of wheel diagnostic and axle recognition systems based on optic fibre technology, which Voestalpine believes is a field 'with long-term growth prospects'

Baas R&D will be integrated into the turnout technology segment of Voestalpine's Railway Systems Division as a branch of SST Signal & System Technik GmbH.