Thursday, October 31, 2013

Harsco lands a big one in Switzerland

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Harsco Corp. has signed a 
major railway track and infrastructure maintenance equipment award with
 SBB (Swiss Federal Railways).

 The contract comprises an initial order worth over $100 million through
 2016, together with provisions for future options. Harsco Rail will
 supply SBB with a combination of specialty vehicles and Utility Track
 Vehicles (UTVs), described as “a highly versatile rail-based maintenance
 configuration equipped with cranes, generators and/or work platforms 
that is widely used by railways throughout the world.”

Delivery of the 
first vehicle is scheduled for 2015.

 The units will be deployed on the Gotthard and Ceneri Base Tunnels.
 Both tunnels are integral parts of the Swiss AlpTransit project, a 
major undertaking to increase transport capacity across the Alps, while 
at the same time reducing the environmental damage associated with 
highway truck transport. Harsco Rail says the new technology it is developing
 for SBB “will further support emissions reduction by utilizing an 
advanced, dual-mode traction system which, in turn, reduces diesel fuel


“This contract is a major strategic win that goes beyond simply the
 dollar size of the order,” said Harsco President and CEO Patrick 
Decker. “Not only does it energize the growth of our European Rail
 business model and support our future objectives, it speaks also to our 
capacity for technical innovation and responsiveness to stringent 
customer specifications.”

The SBB award considerably broadens the business landscape for Harsco
 Rail, introducing the first products the division will design and
 manufacture in Europe. Harsco Rail will purchase 40% of the 
content for the UTVs from Swiss suppliers, and also will utilize 
components from other proven European railway suppliers.

“The SBB contract marks a new chapter in Harsco Rail’s history,” said
 Harsco Rail President Scott Jacoby. “Our European team is building
 technical and local sourcing relationships that add another dimension
to our capabilities, particularly in such an influential equipment 
market as Europe. We’re excited to see our Harsco UTVs leading a new
 generation of railway maintenance vehicle technology.”

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