Railway Technology Deal Signed
- The Moscow Times
- Aug. 26 2013 00:00
- Last edited 16:13
United Wagon Company has signed anáagreement with U.S. company Amsted Rail andáreceived full intellectual property rights toáits Motion Control bogie design, which theáRussian manufacturer can also license toáother companies.
Theápartners also agreed toáestablish aájoint venture forádesigning andámanufacturing freight car components, Vedomosti reported Friday.
Amsted Rail earlier offered theárail car technology toáanother wagon company, Uralvagonzavod, but it claimed test performance was unsatisfactory andádecided toáuse its own designs.
Theánew model, which can accommodate loads up toá25 tons per axle, was specifically adapted byáAmsted Rail engineers foráfreight railcars operating onáthe 1520 millimeter gauge tracks used ináRussia andáother former Soviet countries.
Conventional freight wagons have aálower axle load, with average upper limits ofáabout 23 tons.
Heavier freight load means lower transportation costs forácarriers but will require rail infrastructure upgrades.
Theágovernment has prepared aáprogram ofáheavy freight transport development ináRussia andáis considering granting discounts toácompanies that buy wagons capable ofácarrying heavier loads, news reports said.
Transportation Minister Maxim Sokolov said earlier that increasing railway load capacity onátracks between theácoal mining region ofáKuzbass andáRussia's sea ports should be considered aágovernment priority.
Coal is theámain freight transported via Russian Railways andáthe cargo is aávital source ofáincome foráthe train monopoly.
Although traffic ofáiron-based metals, construction materials, grain andáother goods saw aádecline inávolumes, according toáthe company's most recent half year results, coal operations saw low, steady growth.