RM Rail

Alexander Girich has succeeded Vasily Miroshin as the managing director of RM Rail Abakanvagonmash, and will focus on expanding production capacity, upgrading manufacturing lines and processes and developing rolling stock repair services. He previously held senior positions at Russian Railways, and has experience in the overhaul and servicing of railway maintenance vehicles. RM Rail Abakanvagonmash currently employs 530 people, and plans to recruit about 200 more by the end of the year.

 PowerRail Electronics Technology has acquired Maurey Instruments Corp, which supplies rheostats and other electronic components for locomotives. ‘Bringing the production of rheostats in-house will allow us to better serve our customers, providing a one-stop-shop for all electronic locomotive components, complete with the quality and workmanship they have come to know from PowerRail’, said Adam Earnheart, PowerRail’s Director of Manufacturing, on August 12.


Škoda Transportation has acquired Ekova Electric and rebranded it as Škoda Ekova. Miroslav Mareš remains Chairman, with Škoda Vagonka CEO Martin Bednarz appoined as Vice-Chairman and Marek Herbst, Vice-President for services at Škoda Transportation, also joining the board.

nVent Electric and Power Resources International have announced a strategic alliance to provide third rail and turnout heating equipment for the North American market. Products can be designed to meet the requirements of the Buy America Act, and PRI is a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Minority Business Enterprise.

Tom Hasker

SNC-Lavalin has appointed Tom Hasker to the newly created role of Australia CEO, responsible for driving long-term growth as part of a wider strategy to broaden the company’s footprint in the Asia-Pacific region. The consultancy is currently involved in projects including the Western Sydney Airport metro line, Inland Rail and the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane, where Hasker is based.

Alexander Komarov has been elected Chairman of the boards of LokoTech-Service and Zheldorremmash