Around 500 companies participated in a ‘Mega Vendor Meet’ in Lucknow organised by Indian Railways’ Research Designs & Standards Organisation. The event included presentations on the online vendor approval process and steps being taken to make it easier to do business with Indian Railways.

Knorr-Bremse’s Rail Vehicle Systems division has reported a 7·6% year-on-year increase in revenue to €1·88bn for the first six months of 2019, which it said mostly related to growth in its service business in Europe and Asia, particularly China and India. Original equipment revenues in Europe also increased, mainly in the regional and commuter train as well as metro markets. North America saw revenue growth in locomotives, freight cars and service. OE business accounted for 60% of divisional revenues. EBITDA in the division rose by 29·4% to €417m, mainly due to higher volumes and the effects of the revenue mix.

Timothy R Wallace has announced his intention to retire as President & CEO of US wagon manufacturing and leasing group Trinity Industries once a successor has been appointed. ‘It has been my honour and privilege to be a part of this great company for the past 44 years and lead it for the past 20’, he said on September 6, ‘With a strong foundation and team in place, I believe this is an opportune time for me to step back and let a new leader guide Trinity into the future.’

William Cook Rail has obtained Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme certification covering running gear, couplers, inter-car connections and axle boxes. ‘A RISAS certificate is evidence that expert examiners have carried out an independent, robust, rigorous and transparent assessment on site’ said Barry Cullinane of approval body SGS. ‘It demonstrates that suppliers of safety critical products have the appropriate systems, processes, competence, resources, facilities and procedures.’

Bombardier Transportation has appointed John Saabas as Head of Engineering & Technology. He joins from aircraft engine company Pratt & Whitney Canada, and will report directly to Bombardier Transportation President Danny Di Perna who said he ‘brings us more than 30 years of engineering and manufacturing experience and shares our values, including operating with the highest ethical standards, fully engaging employees and delivering on customer commitments.’

Anderton Concrete is to focus on the rail and infrastructure sector, with its fencing and building products now supplied under Ibstock Group’s Supreme brand.

FIME has announced what it say is India’s first EMV Level 1 contactless testing laboratory and certification service, helping transport reader and payment terminal manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively define, design, develop, deploy and validate contactless products. ‘Government initiatives such as the RuPay scheme and launch of the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) are really driving demand for EMV products across payments and transport’, said Angaj Bhandari, Country Manager for India & South Asia.