IVU Traffic Technologies has acquired Zürich-based consultancy Soft Tech Informatik as a basis for grown in Switzerland. ‘The aim is to bundle our joint activities under one roof in order to give our customers here even better service and to tap into the additional potential of the Swiss market’, said Marc Schaffert, who heads the current IVU office in Basel.

Hanson Professional Services Inc of Springfield, Illinois, has acquired Engineered Rail Solutions, which has six staff and provides logistical and market analysis, engineering design services and operational optimisation for the US rail and material handling industries. ‘With ERS joining Hanson, we are able to assist clients with every step of their projects, from strategic, engineering and management services in transportation planning, logistics and supply chain through design implementation and construction management’, said Hanson Chairman & CEO Sergio Pecori on August 15.

William Cook Rail has won an order to supply bogie parts for the Citadis Spirit LRVs which Alstom is building for Ottawa. The UK-based engineering company has completed a £15m rail plant in Leeds, and said the bogie castings would be ‘among the most complex and highly specified cast steel components in the market’.

LocoTech’s Ulan-Ude facility has been certified to repair Russian Railways EP1P main line passenger electric locomotives, as well as its core business of freight locomotives. More than 226m roubles is to be spent on specialist tools and equipment this year.

VIA Rail has entered into a partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, which aims to foster economic opportunities for Aboriginal peoples and businesses across Canada. The national passenger operator plans to attain CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations certification.