Russia: The agreement between Transmashholding (TMH) and PTK Group was signed during the 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. It is aimed at cooperation in the development and production of track machines and the introduction of new national technologies for the railway infrastructure repair and maintenance.
The possibilities of combining industrial and scientific assets in the field of track machines engineering will also be explored: in particular, it is planned to create the united research complex on the basis of the TulaTEKh research and educational center. Additionally, a joint implementation of the import substitution program is expected. It includes a full transition to Russian-produced components in 2025, and the planned investment is up to 2 bln RUR ($36 mln USD). It is noted that primarily the project will cover traction motors with a power of more than 400 kW, as well as electrical and hydraulic systems.
The TMH and PTK plans involve the production of up to 1,300 units of track equipment for 200 bln RUR ($3.6 bln USD), the mass production launch of 11 track machines models and the obtaining of at least 12 patents by 2030. The official statement by the companies includes a forecast of the Russian track machines market size for this period in the amount of 440 bln RUR ($7.9 bln USD). “In recent months, PTK has acquired shares up to 25% in several Transmashholding plants”, the PTK Group’s press service is quoted by Interfax. The particular plants were not specified in public, but the press service noted that the joint production of track machines will be deployed on it.
Kirill Lipa, CEO of TMH, and Alexander Silkin, CEO of PTK Group (from left to right)
TMH includes the Transmash plant, which produces track machines: snow-plow and snow-removing trains, as well as hopper batchers. In turn, the PTK Group, which owns the Tulazheldormash plant, has implemented a large-scale R&D program in recent years, within which a portfolio of track machines new generation has already been created: SchOM-2000 ballast cleaning machine (achieved the world record of the productiveness rate), VPO-S tamper, SS-POM snow-remover, etc. “Now we have more than 20 types of track machines in serial production”, the PTK group notes.
Thus, TMH and PTK will jointly compete with the currently largest player on the Russian track machines market, Sinara – Transport Machines (STM), which owns the RPM Group. According to STM, the share of the company in the structure of Russian Railways track machines purchases is 85%, in the overall Russian market – more than 70%. Also, both STM and the PTK Group are actively working on the development of its outsourcing track maintenance services.