An overview of Vossloh

Our business

Vossloh is a globally active, listed technology company with a core focus on rail infrastructure: We provide an integrated offer for rail transportation, all from a single source. This includes unique, high-performance key products and complex systems such as track fastening systems, concrete ties, switch systems and the innovative services associated with the life cycle of rail tracks.

Decades of expertise make Vossloh a leading supplier for the construction and maintenance of the rail infrastructure. Vossloh is one of the market leaders in track fasteners and switch systems as well as North America’s leading manufacturer of concrete ties. When it comes to preventive rail maintenance, Vossloh has a high-speed grinding technology that’s unique the world over.

Our customers are generally public and private railway companies, network operators as well as regional and municipal transport companies. They expect safe, economical, environmentally friendly and above all tried and tested products and services from one source, and are oriented towards the tried and tested: references, which Vossloh can prove for all applications worldwide – from heavy load to urban networks to high-speed lines.

In order to appear uniform and compact, Vossloh is run as an integrated Group. The divisions work closely together on the market under the operational management of Vossloh AG. For our customers this means: suitable products, systems and services from one source.

Facts & figures

The Vossloh Group is represented in some 20 countries worldwide. With over 3,900 employees (exluding the business unit Locomotives, reported as discontinued operations), this SDAX-listed Group generated sales worth around €920 million in 2017. Therof just under the half, which were achieved outside Europe.

  • Worldwide leading position for rail fastening systems and switches
  • Vossloh rail fasteners are used in more than 65 countries
  • Over 50 million tension clamps are produced every year at production sites in Germany, China, Poland, the USA and Russia.
  • Available for switch systems and components in more than 30 production sites nearly 20 countries, including France, the USA, Sweden, Australia, Luxembourg, Poland and Great Britain.
  • Leading manufacturer of concrete railway ties in North America.
  • In addition to producing concrete ties, several production sites in the USA and a further production site in Mexico also manufacture switch ties, concrete low-vibration track blocks and crossing panels.
  • Vossloh currently provides rail-related services in, among others, Germany, China, Scandinavia and France.
  • With the exception of the Tie Technologies business unit acquired in early 2017, all of the Company’s major production plants around the world are certified in accordance with the internationally recognized OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) standard.

Our self-image

Vossloh solutions are benchmarks in many countries around the world. Global presence means that Vossloh customers receive integrated solutions for their infrastructure wherever they are, from one source.

We are convinced, that is not only important what you do, but how you do it. For this “how“, there are shared convictions and values. Passion is a powerful feeling that drives us to give the decisive little bit more than what our competitors give. We are proud that we have an extraordinarily skilled team with many years of experience with the company. Excellent service means no more and no less than meeting the customer’s expectations. For the workforce, this means concentrating on core competences. Our organizational structure takes this into consideration. Clear definition of our business model – product, project and service orientation – makes our work transparent and allows cooperation, because there is no counter-productive overlap.

We foster and promote cooperation and networking Trust and respect are not only preconditions for good cooperation, it is created through close collaboration – both internally and externally. Entrepreneurial spirit is perhaps the most important Vossloh value: we see this as taking responsibility for the community. At Vossloh, you get everything you need, from one source. Business divisions with long-standing customer relationships, as well as numerous references and constantly striving for the best solution make Vossloh a reliable partner.

Divisions

Vossloh’s core business comprises products and services for rail infrastructure. The core business activities are organized in three divisions – Core Components, Customized Modules and Lifecycle Solutions. In addition, Vossloh is involved in the locomotive business, which is not part of the core business and is expected to be sold in 2018 fiscal year.

Core Components

The Core Components division manufactures standardized products on an industrial scale, which are required in large quantities for rail infrastructure.

Vossloh’s Fastening Systems business unit is a worldwide leading provider of rail fastening systems, which are used in more than 65 countries. The screw-fastened and maintenance-free elastic systems are suitable for all applications: ballasted and slab tracks, mainline and conventional lines, high-speed lines, heavy haul and local transport. Over 50 million tension clamps leave Vossloh’s production sites in Europe, Asia and North America every year.

Furthermore, Vossloh’s Tie Technologies business unit is the leading manufacturer of concrete railway ties in North America. In addition, several production sites in the USA and another one in Mexico also produce switch ties, concrete low-vibration track blocks and crossing panels. Vossloh Tie Technologies stands for decades of experience in the US market and maintains excellent customer relationships with major Class 1 rail operators as well as passenger transportation companies in the USA.

Customized Modules

The Customized Modules division develops and manufactures systems for rail infrastructure, which must be individually adapted to the customer and the project. Installation and maintenance are related Vossloh services.

Vossloh is a worldwide leading manufacturer of switch systems. At over 30 production sites in over 20 countries Vossloh manufactures, amongst other things, turnouts and crossings, manganese frogs, switch blade, switch actuators and locking devices, signalling products and rail monitoring systems. The Vossloh offer covers all fields of application: standard, high-speed, special and heavy haul switches in accordance with all international standards, as well as solutions for urban networks.

Lifecycle Solutions

The Lifecycle Solutions division of Vossloh provides track related services. This includes welding and transportation of long rails, maintenance and preventative care of tracks and switches and reconditioning and recycling of old rails. These services also cover the lifecyle management of entire track sections.

In Germany, Vossloh is already a leading provider of rail services. With high-speed grinding, a preventative track grinding process at high-speed, we have technology with a unique selling proposition worldwide. This makes Vossloh the first private company to supply maintenance services on high-speed lines in China.

Transportation

At its location in Kiel, Vossloh Locomotives develops and produces state-of-the-art diesel-electric and diesel-hydraulic centre-cab locomotives, which are fitted with eco-friendly technology and are approved in many European countries. This is complemented by all necessary services related to the maintenance and repair of locomotives.

The Transportation division with the Locomotives business unit, is not part of the core business of Vossloh.

Integrated management systems and sustainability

Alongside today’s standard quality management in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001, all large Vossloh locations are certified in accordance with the DIN EN ISO 14001 environmental management system, or equivalent. The companies are also committed to additional standards and projects, such as the EU environmental management and audit, EMAS and energy management in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001.

Occupational safety and health protection for employee management have the highest priority. With the exception of the Tie Technologies business unit acquired in early 2017, all of the Company’s major production plants around the world are certified in accordance with the OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) standard. OHSAS 18001 is one of the most important standards for occupational safety management systems, used in more than 80 countries.

In the course of global business activity, all Vossloh companies are able to manufacture, approve and deliver their products in accordance with the relevant national (rail) standards. This also applies to services.

Certificates

Compliance

As a global player with a tradition of over 130 years in business, Vossloh bears a responsibility towards its customers, partners, employees, investors and the public. It is part of this social responsibility that Vossloh and all its employees comply, always and anywhere, with applicable law, respect ethical principles, and act as a role model when we act on behalf of the company.

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