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Industry News in Brief

01 Jun 2002

Stadler Rail AG and ABB Switzerland signed a rail vehicle business co-operation agreement on May 6. ABB is to supply converters, transformers, and associated protective and control electronics for Stadler rolling stock.

Kawasaki Manufacturing Corp opened a $50m plant in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 19. The 40600 m2 custom-built facility will supply complete metro, rapid transit and commuter vehicles.

Iv-Infra and TUC Rail have formed a joint venture to compete in the Dutch rail engineering market.

Kazakh firm Uzhpolymetal opened a new turnout component production line at its Kentau factory in April.

Interfleet Technology and WS Atkins have been appointed Notified Bodies able to approve compliance with EC directive 96/48/EC Technical Specifications for Interoperability.

On April 1 Infundo GmbH moved to new premises and was renamed Edilon GmbH, to match parent company Edilon BV.

Industrial Railcar Movers has signed an agreement to market Green Goat turbine/battery electric hybrid locos (RG 11.01 p786) to the US and Canadian commuter rail sector, leaving RailPower Technologies Corp to concentrate on the freight sector.

Pfleiderer AG has supplied a B70 concrete sleeper delayed demoulding production plant and staff training for Premix of Athens. It can produce 250000 sleepers/year.

Knorr-Bremse AG reported a 10·7% increase in sales during 2001, to €1653m, with incoming orders totalling €1714m. Net profit was €59m, and the number of employees fell by 4% to 9215.