Swiss electrification specialist Furrer+Frey has established a German subsidiary in Berlin.

Siemens Rail Automation officially opened an office in Derby in the UK with 35 staff on February 12. Establishing the new office in the same building as infrastructure manager Network Rail provides 'scope and capacity to grow quickly', said Director, Delivery, Rob Morris.

On February 15 Algerian railway infrastructure construction company Infrafer and China Railway Construction Corp signed an agreement to form a joint venture specialising in tracklaying.

Welding and rail maintenance company Goldschmidt Thermit Group has formed a subsidiary based at Torun in Poland to expand its activities in eastern Europe.

Loram company RVEL has been granted a five-year Safety Certificate and Non-passenger Train Licence by the UK’s Office of Rail & Road enabling it to operate between Derby RTC and the Old Dalby test track in support of its existing engineering and re-engineering business.