Mykolaiv Locomotive Repair Plant has entered into an agreement with the leading machine building company Liebherr on a long-term cooperation involving the installation of diesel engines on locomotives operating in Ukraine, as well as the realization of a certain number of works on rail transport, the plant said. on its official Facebook page.
The relevant agreements were made during a visit by the factory management to the Liebherr production base in France and Switzerland.
âLiebherr is the world leader in the machine building industry and it was important for them to find a reliable partner in Ukraine in the field of locomotive modernization. The Mykolaiv locomotive repair plant has been using the most modern technologies in this direction for several years. , so our factory was invited to become such a partner, âcompany founder Yevhen Simchenko said in the post.
As reported by the press service of the plant at Interfax-Ukraine, the main advantages that allowed Liebherr to make a choice in favor of the company were the experience in the modernization of diesel locomotives in Ukraine and the availability of highly skilled workers.
âThe Mykolaiv Locomotive Repair Plant has modernized over 40 diesel locomotives with the installation of various diesel engines, such as Cummins, ABC and Caterpillar. In addition, the fact that we have our own design office, which develops all modernizations, played a big role. projects, “said the press service.
According to her, the share of the modernization of locomotives in the total turnover of the company is gradually increasing and it is this year about 70%.
âIn Ukraine, only industrial companies [ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, Ferrexpo, Metinvest] modernize the locomotive fleet. Ukrzaliznytsia has not yet decided whether it will follow the path of modernization, the effectiveness of which is demonstrated by world practice, or whether it will “reinvent the wheel”, “said the press service.
At the same time, underlines the company, modernization is becoming more and more important given the aging of the equipment and the intensive wear of the main components to be replaced.
“As most of the locomotives were designed and built in the USSR, they are now morally and technically obsolete. In addition, the main components are of Russian origin. Therefore, we believe that today in Ukrainian realities, the only correct and efficient option is modernization of locomotives with the installation of modern systems and components, which are used all over the world, ânotes the plant.
The deal with Liebherr also provides for co-financing of projects in Ukraine, however, the company is not disclosing details, citing confidentiality.
The Mykolaiv locomotive repair plant, created in 2010, specializes in the maintenance, upkeep and overhaul of diesel locomotives, as well as traction units (industrial electric locomotives).
Founded in 1949, the Liebherr family business currently has 13 production areas (including refrigeration and freezing technology, construction, mining, transshipment equipment, port equipment and wind power). It includes more than 140 companies around the world and employs around 48,000 people.