Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant

TVSZ is one of the largest facilities in Europe

Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant is among the largest and most advanced rail transport engineering facilities to be installed in Europe in recent years.

The productive capacity of the plant is over 18,000 freight cars, 30,000 casting sets and 67,000 wheel sets per year. TVSZ builds over 20 different modifications of new generation gondolas, hoppers and platforms. In 2017 TVSZ produced more than 17,000 freight cars and now is taking up leading position by volume of production in the CIS.

Integrated in one technological complex car-assembly and casting lines at TVSZ ensure high productivity and flexibility of production operations.

Production of new generation cars

The plant produces new generation freight cars with an innovative bogie (Barber type) as a key element with axial load of 25 tons. The bogies was designed specifically for the Russian market by the world-leading company Standard Car Truck (Wabtec Corporation, USA) in association with engineers and designers at leading Russian design bureaus. Today more than 40% of the global freight car fleet runs on Barber bogies.

TVSZ freight cars combine increased payload capacity, reduced impact on the permanent way, extended service life and greater operating reliability, offering numerous advantages to operators, consignors and the infrastructure they use. More details on TVSZ car models can be found in the "Production" section.

Modern instrumentation of the plant

TVSZ is a high-tech enterprise, which uses advanced technologies and equipment. It is the first time the latest international rolling stock and automotive industry technologies and practices are used for the production of rail cars. Many of the up-do-date equipment modules at TVSZ are among just a few of their kind that have been deployed worldwide.

Primary plant equipment has been supplied by top-class manufacturers in more than 40 countries, including Danobat (Spain), Blastman Robotics (Finland), Whitney and Bradbury (USA), Eisenmann, KUKA Systems, Heinrich Wagner Sinto, Siemens VAI (Germany), and others. Similar equipment designed by these companies is successfully used at such enterprises as Mercedes, Volkswagen, GM, BMW, Ford and Airbus.

Up-to-date production management introduction

TVSZ uses an integrated enterprise management system to maximize production efficiency and competitiveness of its products. The system combines a business management and production system.

Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant is among enterprises of transport machine building industry that use the management system complying the requirements of the IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard), ensuring efficient business processes that meet increasingly stringent consumer demands, thereby ensuring high profitability for TVSZ.

The production system at the plant follows “lean manufacturing” philosophy and practices, guided by advanced information technologies (ERP, PLM, etc.).

In order to reach export markets more successfully, TVSZ has been certified compliant with the standards of the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The quality management system at TVSZ complies with requirements of the M1003 standard.

Reliability and quality guarantees

Careful design and the use of advanced technologies in production ensure that our products achieve high levels of performance. Support of the products by an experienced team of specialists from the initial design stage to serial production, as well as overall assessment using modern testing methods of capability and characteristics of each component form the basis of our priorities which are quality and reliability.