Stadler acquires German signalling company BBR
Stalder on Tuesday announced the acquisition of German railway safety company BBR Verkehrstechnik GmbH (BBR) in an effort to bolster its signalling expertise. BBR will be one of the two mail pillars of a new signalling division, which will be established as of January 1, 2022.
According to Stalder, the move “will allow the two companies to become an even stronger provider of state-of-the-art signalling solutions to drive forward and shape the digitalisation of the rail industry”.
Railway safety and signalling technology
In business for more than three decades, BBK has gained expertise in railway safety and signalling technology, which is in use in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and elsewhere in Europa, as well as in the United States and Asia. BBK’s 270 employees will be kept on, bringing the total number of people at Stadler working on signalling to more than 500. Stadler entered the signalling business in 2016.
The acquisition comes hot on the heels of Stadler’s purchase of Swiss company Bär Bahnsicherung, which was announced last month. The move marked Stadler’s foray into the Swiss interlocking market. “BBR, Bär Bahnsicherung and Stadler have a common goal as providers of future-oriented technology: advancing digitalisation in rail-based transport and establishing rail transport as a competitive mobility solution”, Stadler said in comments on the move.
BBR and Bär Bahnsicherung will be merged in an effort to consolidate all of Stadler’s signalling expertise in a single division. Former Stadler Group chief of staff Marc Trippel will head the Signalling Division.