Wagon building of Ukraine: news review
The volume of production of freight cars in Ukraine for the 1st half of 2021 decreased by 41.5% compared to the same period last year and amounted to 943 units.
In particular, KVSZ produced only 368 cars (-61%). The decline is against the significant reduction in production in 2020. In 2019 car production also fell by 70.1%, informs Railway Supply magazine
- The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has published a draft resolution that allows the extension of the service life of freight cars beyond the period set by the manufacturer. According to the document, the Ministry of Infrastructure of the country within three months must approve the procedure for conducting a set of diagnostic, repair and registration operations aimed at extending the service life of freight cars, and determine these deadlines. As stated in the explanatory note to the document, 72.5% (126 thousand out of 174 thousand) railcars operating on Ukrainian rail network have expired standard service life. In May this year, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine refused to register the order of Ministry of Infrastructure on limiting the service life of freight cars.
- After receiving an advance payment of 30% of the contract amount, KVSZ started fulfilling the order for the production of 100 passenger cars for Ukrzaliznytsia (UZ). All rolling stock must be delivered to the customer by the end of July 2022. The contract for $ 113 million was signed in late June.
- In the first half of 2021, Interpipe reduced the sales of railway wheels to 68.1 thousand tons (-25.5% from the first half of 2020). The manufacturer also reduced sales of bandages (0.7 thousand tons, -33.5%). At the same time, sales of wheelsets (12.3 thousand tons, + 19.1%) and axles (1.9 thousand tons, + 8.2%) increased significantly. In February this year, Russia banned the import of Ukrainian wheels, wheelsets and trolley frames for freight cars.
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