Having won an order worth R$28m from Bombardier, Brazilian plastics manufacturer MVC is investing R$2m in a new railway production line at its São José dos Pinhais plant. Deliveries of composite parts including front ends for passenger trains are due to start in June.

The Kaztemirtrans subsidiary of Kazakh state railway KTZ has signed contracts totalling 25bn tenge with three wagon component manufacturers fixing prices at current levels for the period 2012-15. The agreement provides the suppliers with guaranteed orders and reduces dependence on imports, according to CEO Erlan Umurzakov.

UK infrastructure manager Network Rail is to sell Network Rail (NDS-Plant) Ltd, the former Hydrex Equipment on-track plant business which it acquired in November from administrators KPMG to ensure business continuity.

Deputy Director for Sales & Exports Omid Hezareh has said Wagon Pars is planning a wagon assembly plant in Algeria which would supply rolling stock for Algerian and African customers.