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Railway supply industry news round-up

19 Jul 2019

Alstom booked €1·6bn of orders in Q1 to June 30, compared to €2·6bn in the same period last year. Sales increased 2% to €2·1bn, with a decrease in Systems balanced by a growth in Signalling and Rolling Stock. Sales were mainly fuelled by projects in the Middle East, rolling stock contracts in Europe, and the Amtrak contract in the US. As of June 30 the backlog stood at €40bn.

Saudi Railway Co and Huawei have agreed to co-operate on ‘smart railway’ and digital transformation technology, including wireless networking, 5G, the Internet of Things, training and knowledge transfer. ‘We are looking forward to working with SAR to develop a unique smart railway system that will be designed specifically to the needs of the Kingdom’, said Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia.

Container tracking technology company Traxens has closed a €20m Series C financing round led by the Itochu Corporation, Bpifrance and Supernova Invest. 'This is a major milestone that consolidates our strategy’, said Managing Director Jacques Delort on July 17. 'The financing will help us to reach critical mass quickly as a data producer in a booming market. We will increase the visibility of the company in existing and new markets as well as that of our solution, while our first commercial partnership shows the great potential of our solution.’

Spanish infrastructure manager ADIF has called tenders for the appointment of a consultancy to advise it on the best way to maximise commercial opportunities at stations.

Mobile connectivity company Icomera UK has acquired Dg8 Design & Engineering, which works primarily in the rail sector. The deal 'strengthens Icomera’s ability to deliver the truly interconnected ecosystems of onboard systems and services', said Dave Palmer, Managing Director of Icomera UK. ‘Icomera and Dg8 have successfully collaborated on many projects previously and now the closer integration of the teams makes us even stronger digital partners for our clients.’

Biosite Systems has supplied the Costain Skanska Joint Venture with a competency management system that has led to 0% non-conformances reported at audit of CSJV's 21 sites undertaking High Speed 2 enabling works. The system provides real-time movements for each person, including direct employees and subcontractors, and traceability of accreditations, health and safety briefings and ethnicity, diversity and inclusion data.