Swedish operator SJ moves maintenance activities in house
Passenger train operator SJ has brought the maintenance activities of the X40 and X55 train sets in house, the company announced late last week. It recently concluded a transition period that began on February 1st.
SJ’s own maintenance division operates out of Haglund and Västerås. It currently employs around 100 people. For the past three months, the company has worked in close cooperation with maintenance company Mantena, to ensure a smooth transition from third-party maintenance to in-house maintenance.
The move was made to accelerate innovation and digitalisation in train maintenance. By brining the activities under its own roof, SJ hopes to get a better handle on utilising vehicle data, and to incorporate this in the upcoming mid-life upgrade campaign for the train sets.
In-house maintenance should also open up avenues for new working methods and, thus, cost-savings. The oldest of the Alstom-built X40 units have now been in use for 18 years, the same goes for the X55 manufactured by Bombardier.
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