Europe: Engineering consultancies Holland Railconsult and TransTeC of Germany have agreed to co-operate in their respective domestic markets and elsewhere.

Malaysia: Time Salam Engineering has been purchased by Noblemax Resources for 18m ringgits. Now known as Emrail Sdn Bhd, the company undertakes the design and construction of trackwork, signalling and civils, and hopes to undertake projects on a turnkey basis.

Switzerland: Railtech is to take over the assembly of bodyshells and various electrical and mechanical components from Adtranz in Pratteln under an agreement signed on May 31; details were due to be finalised this month. Work envisaged for Railtech includes manufacture of bodyshells for SBB’s IC2000 tilting trains.

USA: Citing a ’significant decline’ in demand, Trinity Industries has reduced its wagon production rate from 6000 to 4000 units per quarter. Chairman, President & CEO Timothy Wallace said that competition and pressure to cut prices are increasing.

Canac Inc has opened a 2044m2 facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to produce locomotive remote control systems for the US market. Following the acquisition of Vectran last year, the first of the new Cantrac range based on this company’s products is to appear this summer.