Oregon Iron Works and Skoda Transportation have signed an agreement for the US firm to produce tram components under licence (RG 9.05 p574).

The CXT subsidiary of L B Foster Co is to build a concrete sleeper plant in Tucson, Arizona, with Grimbergen long-line manufacturing equipment. Production will begin this summer, supplementing the firm’s existing facilities in Grand Island, Nebraska, and Spokane, Washington.

Freight stock builder Lostr Louny recorded a profit of KC12m on revenue of KC659m in 2005, up from KC541m in 2004. The company’s business is currently dominated by the production of tank wagons and twin-section container flats for the Czech and export markets.

Southampton-based civil engineering firm Dyer & Butler has opened an office in Swansea following the award of a contract from Network Rail covering work in south Wales and southwest England.

Holland LP and Ukraine’s EO Paton Electric Welding Institute and Kakhovka Plant of Electric Welding Equipment have signed a joint marketing, technology and development agreement covering electric flash-butt welding equipment for the rail industry and industrial applications.

The state statistics committee reports that Ukraine exported locos and rolling stock worth US$965m in 2005, a 35·2% decrease on 2004. Imports were down 22·7% to US$146m.

On February 23 ABC China Investment Corp, Zhejiang Zhenghe Holding, China Northern and Datong Casting Co signed an agreement to invest 670m yuan in Xinyang Tonghe Wheel Co, which will produce wheelsets for the Chinese market.

Iarnród éireann has appointed Owen Williams Railways as a preferred framework consultant which can bid to design and implement new stations in Ireland over three years.

It was announced on March 3 that Boeing has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of Carmen Systems AB, subject to regulatory approval.

CAPTION: Road-rail equipment maker Colmar SpA has restructured its operations with the creation of a Business Development Division to handle sales, marketing and product development, and an Operating Division to manage production and support services. As part of a product redesign programme, updated versions of the T10000FSC (above)are planned

CAPTION: Infrastructure contractor GrantRail has secured funding from Lombard and Royal Bank of Scotland to expand its fleet of on-track plant. Equipment acquired includes two Matisa tampers, a ballast regulator and three Kirow cranes