The Australian rail industry is facing ‘chronic labour and skills shortages’ according to a report published by the Transport & Logistics Skills Council. Among the concerns raised are an ageing workforce and competition from the mining sector. TLSC recommends that the Australian rail industry needs a broader recruitment base and better promotion in schools and universities.

Freight operator DB Schenker has extended its co-operation with the Technical University of Darmstadt with the inauguration of the DB Schenker Lab on January 24. The facility is intended to foster research into logistics planning and related IT systems that have practical applications in the freight sector. DB Schenker is sponsoring two junior professors at the university.

The VDEI Academy held its 56th Railway Technical Symposium on European train control systems in Leipzig on January 19. The attendance - in excess of 100 delegates - set a record for visitor numbers to the event, and speakers from Thales, Siemens, BLS and DB Netz addressed a range of topics focused on the experience and potential of ETCS.

Frauscher Sensortechnik is inviting its customers to attend bespoke Product Training Sessions in a recently-opened laboratory at its St Marienkirchen headquarters. The customer centre is designed to deliver ‘a comprehensive transfer of know-how’ for operations, maintenance and train planning specialists.