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Vossloh concrete sleepers, source: Vossloh

Vossloh gets major sleeper deal in Australia

German supplier of track components Vossloh Group has won a major deal in Australia. The company will deliver around 280,000 concrete sleepers for Rio Tinto, one of the largest mining corporations in the world. This order will be performed by Austrak, an Australian subsidiary of Vossloh.

The concrete sleepers will be supplied in 2020 to be installed at the Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri iron ore mining project in the Pilbara region, the northern part of Western Australia. Rio Tinto plans to construct an additional railway from Koodaideri to the company’s existing network. Mining activity at the Koodaideri site will start in late 2021. For Vossloh, a new order is the first major order in Australia to deliver the concrete ties for a mining project.

Austrak

The concrete sleepers will be produced at the facilities of Austrak. Vossloh Group has acquired this Australian Brisbane-based company in late 2018 for 33.2 million Euros. “We are excited to see that our recent acquisition Austrak succeeded in this tender, contributing substantial value to Vossloh shortly after acquisition. This perfectly underlines the company’s strong position in Australia’s concrete tie market,” said Andreas Busemann, CEO of Vossloh. Before the purchase of Austrak, Vossloh supplies mainly railroad switches and switch components in Australia.

Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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