Sweden formally ratified the Luxembourg Rail Protocol at a ceremony at the UNIDROIT offices in Roma on July 2. Sweden is the third state to ratify; at least four are required before the protocol can enter into force.

Montréal-based consultancy Canarail was renamed Systra Canada with effect from July 3.

High Speed 2 rolling stock contract shortlisted bidder Talgo has identified potential sites for a UK factory in Chesterfield, Leeds, Liverpool, Scotland and Wales. The company said it would announce its preferred option in the ‘coming months’.

Russian Railways has opened an electronic procurement platform which is designed to enable small and medium-sized enterprises to supply it with goods and services worth up to 0·5m roubles.

PowerRail Electronics & Technology is relocating from Rincon in the US state of Georgia to the PowerRail Manufacturing site in Connersville, Indiana. The company said this would ‘aid in the synergy that already occurs on a daily basis when manufacturing and remanufacturing quality locomotive parts and components’.

Hit Rail joined the International Union of Railways on July 4. The telecoms and IT specialist is owned by 12 railway companies, and said it hoped to contribute its expertise in harmonisation and interoperability of the disparate communications systems across Europe.

Munnelly Group has acquired UK rail site access control and reporting services company MacRail Systems from Ian and Erica McFetridge for an undisclosed price. 'Being part of the Munnelly Group plc will allow us to further develop the MacRail brand and service and enhance the industry’s ability to monitor and manage on-site personnel', said CEO Phil Munnelly. Law firm DWF advised Munnelly Group on the deal.