New player enters Russian infrastructure service market
Sinara Transport Machines Holding (STM) established a new railway infrastructure division to offer infrastructure maintenance services in Russia starting from 2022. Russian Railways will be the new company’s primary customer, but it aims to expand to other countries.
STM is a company active in Russia’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, operating production plants and supplying companies with locomotives, among others. Moreover, the company includes 13 manufacturing enterprises and 40 service centres for the repair of various track equipment for maintenance, construction and operation of railways, andRSP-M enterprise.
On top of that, it collaborates with research institutes and universities to develop new technologies like high-speed railway grinding. Among the institutions it collaborates with are the Siberian State University of Railways, the Research Institute of Railway Transport, the Russian University of Transport (MIIT) and the Research and Design Institute for Information Technology, Signaling and Telecommunications in Railway Transportation (NIIAS).
Company develops through new services
STM will provide its infrastructure services by using both its own and leased equipment. However, after the railway infrastructure division company’s launch, specialists have already started studying the prospects of developing and producing high-performing track machines that STM has not produced until now.
The company has not yet determined the exact nature of infrastructure services it will offer. Still, as Vitaly Votolevsky, STM deputy general director, explained, “shortly we will determine the list of the services we’ll offer both to the national carrier and industrial enterprises. Already now, we can say that we are interested in providing services for running maintenance and various types of track repair and construction of new infrastructure. We plan to actively develop our competencies in the field of welding, grinding and milling of rails”.