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VR FleetCare, source: Atte Mäläskä/VR Group

Finnish Railways rebrands maintenance division

Finnish state-owned railway company VR Group is moving further in its transformation. The operator has rebranded VR Maintenance Oy, its subsidiary responsible for the rolling stock maintenance, and changed its name for VR FleetCare. This step will allow the VR Group to convert the maintenance company to an independent entity.

VR Maintenance Oy was incorporated as a subsidiary of VR Group at the beginning of the year after selling the VR Track, the infrastructure subsidiary of VR Group, to the Norwegian leading contractor NRC Group. The rebranding is a part of the company’s strategy to develop as an independent entity and attract more customers besides VR Group. In the next few years, VR FleetCare aims to seek growth via other railway traffic and neighbouring areas. “We believe that we are competitive on this market and able to utilise our solid operative experience accrued over a period exceeding a hundred years,” said Peter Guldbrand, Vice President for Sales at VR Fleetcare.

VR FleetCare

VR Group has already changed the name of its maintenance subsidiary on the official website. The new name will be used in the company’s all communications and encounters. VR FleetCare has a staff of more than 1,000 highly qualified employees and operates eight maintenance facilities: in Helsinki, Oulu, Kouvola, Tampere, Joensuu, Kokkola, Hyvinkää and Pieksämäki. The company’s annual turnover is approximately 200 million Euros. “When it comes to developing our business, our top priorities are to develop smart preventive maintenance and provide our customers with new data- and analytics-based equipment life-cycle services,” noted Peter Guldbrand.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

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

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