Stadler grows to over 7600 employees.(Stadler)

2017 was a successful year for Stadler. The Swiss rail vehicle manufacturer has been strengthened by the currency turmoil in 2015 emerged from the crisis and has more employees than ever. Order intake in 2017 is around 3.5 billion. CHF.

The financial year 2017 was marked by the 75th anniversary of Stadler. While it may be remembered as the year in the newer history in which Stadler has mastered the difficult situation after the so-called franc shock. Stadler has been hard hit by the abolition of the franc-euro bond in the year, 2015. The record order intake of the following year did not lead to record sales also due to currency effects. The board and management have responded with strategic decisions on the difficult situation that was clearly evident in fiscal year 2017 still in a positive sense. Stadler has been able to walk without layoffs or reduced working hours through the crisis and even emerge stronger. The planned investment in a new plant in St. Margrethen in the context of 86 million Swiss francs is to be understood as a clear sign of the workplace Switzerland against this background.

Stadler can look back with orders of 3,496 billion Swiss francs on a successful financial year 2017th contributed a significant part to have big orders from Switzerland (BLS, SBB and SOB) and from other European countries such as Hungary, Norway, the Netherlands and Germany. Similarly, the record order intake of 800 million Swiss francs of the Services Division of importance to this result was. The now 22 percent of total orders. From Hungary Stadler was allowed for the first time also accept a framework contract for 40 double-deck trains KISS for MÁV-Start after the orders of a total of 143 FLIRT.

Sales of Stadler Rail AG in fiscal 2017 at 2.4 billion Swiss francs, approximately back to the level before the franc shock. The past two fiscal years could thus be technically turnover substantially exceeded. The financial plan for the next year envisages further growth. Stadler expects 2020 with an increase in sales to 3.9 billion Swiss francs, which is already largely backed by orders. This is the result of record-high order intake in 2016. Large orders as the order of 58 FLIRT by East Anglia or 52 METRO by Merseytravel will only generate revenues in the coming years.

The number of employees has increased in fiscal 2017 over 7600, of which over 3,100 are still employed in Switzerland. This is the highest number of employees in the company’s history.

Well-established management duo

Stadler goes with a strong management duo in the future. After 30 years in the dual role of Chairman and the Group CEO Peter Spuhler on January 1, 2018, the operational responsibility to his longtime deputy Dr. Thomas Ahlburg transmitted. This allows the owner and Chairman of the Board to focus more on the strategic development of the company. He focuses on strategic product development, the creation and development of joint ventures with local value added and is responsible for all the “merger and acquisitions” projects. In addition, he can devote himself to the customer care again thanks to the new division of responsibilities.

Dr. Thomas Ahlburg bears as Group CEO on operational responsibility for the entire group. Thanks to his career to it brings a high level of expertise and a long-time deputy Peter Spuhler it provides the continuity in the management safe. Thomas Ahlburg enjoys the full confidence of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and employees.

Peter Spuhler says: 

“The decision was correct, which has now become clear after half a year. It is one of the most difficult challenges for an entrepreneur to initiate an orderly and sustainable generation. The division of responsibilities between Thomas Ahlburg and me is meaningful and profitable for the company. We are a good team, the “complement each other excellently.”

Record orders in the service business

Meanwhile Stadler Service manages 36 percent of the delivered FLIRT EMUs and this in some cases for more than ten years. From this experience today customers benefit in total 16 countries and at more than 35 service locations.

In fiscal 2017, Stadler Service recorded a record order intake of more than 800 million Swiss francs. helped have orders from Merseytravel, which includes the maintenance of the existing fleet and the new fleet of 52 vessels with a contract period of 35 years. Also part of this contract is the construction of a new maintenance facility in Kirkdale / Liverpool, which is taken after the completion of the customer. Stadler This order represents a major advance in the British market.

In the Netherlands, Stadler was able to sign a contract with Syntus, which provides for the maintenance of 16 FLIRT multiple units for 15 years and a new location in Hengelo. This was completed within nine months and went in November 2017 operation. In Italy, the Services Division was the maintenance of 22 FLIRT trains in commercial operation by Trenitalia, decide at Sisteme Territorial itself – an important milestone in this market, as the site of Venice will be expanded to the local hub. For MÁV in Hungary Stadler Service will take over the service support and major maintenance activities for the Fourth Fleet.

The growth of the Services Division also orders the spare parts sector, due to revisions of bogies and subsystems for customers including Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Czech Republic and Finland and modernization. As of January 1 2017 joint venture was founded in Vienna in order to ensure the maintenance of the fleet of 17 KISS trains of Western Railway with ÖBB.

SMILE on track

Production of the baptized by SBB on the name Giruno high-speed train of the type SMILE continues to run at full speed. In May 2017, the roll-out has been hailed by President Doris Leuthard attended. Over the Easter weekend this year rides of 275 km / hour in the Gotthard Base Tunnel have been carried out with the Giruno first time. This record speed rides are part of the test drives to ensure safe and smooth operation of trains in the timetable the market later. The journey of 275 km / h, another important milestone on the road to vehicle registration to 250 km / h. Stadler has so far met all 46 contractually agreed milestones and is on admission on track.

Investment in the workplace Switzerland

Stadler will promote the development and construction of railway vehicles in fiscal year 2018, which are the international benchmark in terms of performance, reliability, safety and comfort. As part of further internationalization is built in Switzerland and abroad: In St. Margrethen, Switzerland, created a new double-decker competence center in Salt Lake City, USA, a new assembly plant for the US market and in Kirkdale, United Kingdom, a a new maintenance facility for Metro Liverpool.

The aim of the new production site in St. Margrethen is to optimize the production conditions for the Competence Center for Double-deck carriages. The planned investment is a clear commitment to Switzerland as the location and in the border region. “This shows that we believe in the workplace Switzerland and defend it even in difficult times,” says Peter Spuhler. The shift affects only the production site in Altenrhein. Not affected is the head office in Bussnang, the competence center for bogies in Winterthur or Inbetriebsetzungszentrum in Erlen.

Seven Innovations at InnoTrans

From 18 to 23 September 2018 will take place in Berlin InnoTrans, the world’s largest rail vehicle exhibition instead. Stadler is one of the largest exhibitors exhibit seven newly developed trains and locomotives and thus again be one of the largest exhibitors.

FLIRT for the SOB: 

In the eleven FLIRT for the SOB is six eight-part and five four-car multiple units of the latest generation. All trains meet the latest European disability equality legislation and provide an information system with four to seven screens per car. Trains run at an operating speed of 160 km / h, and have a new, lightweight bogie, which enables a quick replacement during maintenance. An eight-part “Traverso” will be shown at InnoTrans.

METRO for SPT Glasgow Subway: 

The trains for the Glasgow Subway are more than 39 feet long and are designed for a maximum speed of 58 km / h. For safe operation platform screen doors (PSD) will be installed. The Glasgow Subway is extensively modernized and completely converted to a fully automatic, platoon leader-less system. A continuous ground level throughout the interior and six large entrance doors on each side make the trains particularly user-friendly.

Tailor-made trains for RBS: 

The trains will be fully air-conditioned throughout the entire length of 60 meters. Thanks to the eight doors per train and the larger floor space quota for passengers to get in and out quickly. The trains are designed for a maximum speed of 100 km / h. RBS has included its passengers early in the procurement of new vehicles. In a so-called crowdsourcing they could express their ideas and needs in the fall, 2014.

KISS for Swedish railway company Mälab: 

The double-deck multiple units are in the region of Lake Mälaren, west of Stockholm, run. They are approved for a maximum speed of 200 km / h. The order for Mälab is the first call of the Framework Agreement, the Swedish leasing company Transitio completed in 2014 with three suppliers for the procurement of regional rail vehicles. Stadler is the only approved supplier who has signed the framework agreement for two different types of vehicles: For the one-story FLIRT and the double-decker KISS.

FLIRT for Abellio East Anglia:

The 58 coatings include 378 Cart with a combination of 20 intercity electric trains, each with 12 carts and 38 bimodal regional multiple units, each in configurations 3 carriage (14 units) and 4 carriage (24 units) which run on electricity or diesel can , The FLIRT trains, which are used as part of the concession for Greater Anglia, have numerous advantages: air conditioning, “2×2” -Sitzanordnung, Wi-Fi and power outlets throughout the train, low floor for easy entry and exit, passenger information systems with real-time information and braking with regenerative feedback.

EURO DUAL locomotives for the railway Havelländische Aktiengesellschaft HVLE: 

The EURO DUAL locomotive from Stadler is a dual-mode locomotive with an impressive performance, both in diesel and in the electric drive mode, which is available in various configurations, gauges and contact wire. The modular platform also offers a wide range of different drive capacities in the diesel mode to meet the customer’s individual needs adequately. The versatile platform of the locomotive is designed for freight and long-distance travel at speeds of up to 160 km / h on electrified and non-electrified lines.

S-Bahn Berlin:

The S-Bahn Berlin GmbH has concluded with the consortium of Stadler Pankow GmbH and Siemens signed a framework agreement for the supply of up to 1,380 cars. The first 106 trains were ordered compulsory. The S-Bahn Berlin, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, plans to use the new vehicles to about one-third of the entire S-Bahn rail network of Berlin. The first ten vehicles will be in use already from 2020 onwards. all other vehicles are then continuously brought to the Berlin rail to 2023rd

New product family WINK

In November 2017 Arriva Netherlands has ordered Stadler 18 two-car trains of the new type WINK. The acronym stands for “innovative transport-Kurzzug Convertible” for. The WINK, a two-piece train set for secondary lines with smaller passenger volumes. He picks up the components for power generation, the traction components and auxiliary equipment in a power pack midsection mentioned. The Power Pack can be equipped with classic components of energy production and storage, but also with those that enable completely emission-free driving. The WINK complements Stadler product portfolio of regional trains. Stadler sees this vehicle more sales opportunities predominantly in Western and Central Europe and in the United Kingdom.

Stadler joins the Signaling Business

The global market for rolling stock continues to grow strongly, at the same time Stadler is faced with a strong consolidation in the field of competitors. With the upcoming merger of Zugsparten Siemens and Alstom, triggered by the further advance of the Chinese Group CRRC stands Stadler against another industry giant. The size of the competitors is also a way to exploit its strengths for Stadler. Quick decision-making, high customization and adherence to delivery dates are qualities is known for Stadler – for large companies, however, they represent a challenge.

The merger, however, Siemens and Alstom achieve market power of over 85 percent in the so-called signal-form. Stadler sees this as forced to have to buy a major pull component with competitors in bidding. To disengage from this dependency, Stadler decided to develop their own solutions in the area of ​​the signal compact and the automated train operation. Stadler has formulated a signaling strategy for the market segments gauge railways, light railways and metro.

ETCS for standard-gauge railways:

ETCS is the European Train Control System and describes the European standard of train control with aim of unification and interoperability on all European routes. The complexity associated with the high degree of standardization leads to high barriers to entry for new competitors. Stadler has a joint venture with the specialized train protection companies MERMEC with the powerful GUARDIA own solution for the ETCS on-board system. The newly developed system is currently in field testing and approval process in Switzerland and is additionally introduced simultaneously in several European countries.

The use of GUARDIA in five projects currently takes place as soon as possible to achieve the approval and release in several European markets.

CBTC for Metro: 

CBTC stands for Communications-Based Train Control. The CBTC systems are the most widely chosen system for metros. Metro trains can be as automated and partially used driverless. The aim is to increase the safety, frequency and punctuality on the heavily traveled routes.

Stadler developed an advanced CBTC system based on the latest technologies. To this end, a company specializing in signaling engineering team was put together. They have moved into their offices in Wallisellen. The development of knowledge that is embarrassed in this department should be transferred to the sectors of the full tracks and branch lines.

ATO for full and branch lines:

ATO stands for Automatic Train Operation and is used as an umbrella term for the various applications of partially or fully automated driving. As part of an industry study Stadler brought the needs of the branch lines area, from which various concepts were derived. In this way, the further development can be promoted in a targeted and customer-oriented mainly. As part of SmartRail 4.0 also, one led by SBB industry program to digitize the railway system is running.

Stadler has successfully performed in December the first tests of automated driving (acceleration and braking) on ​​the ETCS Level 2 route between Ostermundigen and Olten, together with the SBB. Now, the range of functionality of the automated driving is expanded and tested for ETCS level 1 links.

The Stadler Rail Group is the solid order intake, which equipped more than solid balance sheet and specialized sites with proven know-how for the future.


Stadler at NEC Birmingham 2016.

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