Russian rolling stock and armoured fighting vehicle manufacturer Uralvagonzavod has acquired a controlling stake in Sambre et Meuse, which operates a specialist foundry at Feignies in northern France producing rolling stock components such as bogie castings for customers including Alstom and Bombardier.

During November Polish bus manufacturer Solaris opened a factory in Sroda Wielkopolska which will produce 45 Tramino cars for the city of Poznan, and demonstrate the company’s commitment to the tram market.

Progress Rail Services announced its acquisition of C&S Signaling on December 1, saying the deal would strengthen its position in the level crossing protection and signal installation markets

Telecoms supplier Telent has merged its Mainline Rail and Metro businesses into a single Rail unit.

Italian firms Bertone and Avioninteriors have agreed to co-operate in rolling stock design activities in China and South America.