Austrian train operating company WESTbahn has purchased 15 Stadler KISS double-decker trains. The contract for these intercity trains also includes a comprehensive maintenance provision to ensure the fleet is highly available.
It says that it will not rely on international supply chains for its UK operations. Instead, Talgo UK will build British trains in Britain and revitalise the necessary areas of the UK supply chain. Talgo has called this its ‘all Britain’ strategy. With Brexit looming, avoiding continental supply chains might also have other pertinent advantages.
ABB, a leading provider of integrated automation solutions, is introducing a new augmented reality platform to improve the ability of ABB and its customers to speed response times, extend asset lifecycles, improve production performance and ensure operational excellence. ABB Ability Remote Insights for service is being introduced at the Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific EXPO in Singapore, Oct. 22-24.
Alstom Ubunye inaugurated its rail factory in South Africa on 17 October 2019. Located in Ekurhuleni, the official opening ceremony took place in the presence of David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng, Dr Nkosindiphile Xhakaza, who is a Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance and Economic Development in Ekurhuleni, and Aurélien Lechevallier, the French Ambassador in South Africa. Also in attendance were Alstom Chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge, along with 100 guests and 565 employees.