Russian rail freight car manufacturer United Wagon Company (UWC) says it has become the only company outside the European Union (EU) that has the right to supply rail freight cars to companies in Europe.
The milestone, part of UWC’s export strategy to expand its presence in Europe, comes after it became a certified supplier of freight cars to Deutsche Bahn, Europe’s largest rail operator in the EU.
UWC deputy CEO for business development Maxim Kuzemchenko said: “We view Deutsche Bahn as a strategic partner and look forward to successful cooperation.
“When we agreed to the audit, we understood that we would be tested to the most stringent quality standards in the railway industry. But we also knew that UWC can compete as an equal in international markets and deliver the range of products that operators need at high levels of quality.
“The status of a Q2 supplier for potential freight railcars projects gives independent confirmation of this fact. We hope that Deutsche Bahn’s assessment will serve as a signal to the whole of the European market. UWC is now the only freight car manufacturer outside the European Union which has the right to supply cars to companies in Europe.”
DB quality engineer Jens Baselt added: “DB has been seeking partners that meet our criteria in terms of quality, security of supplies and pricing policy all over the world. The audit conducted at UWC let us expand our pool of potential vendors of freight cars and their components. During the audit, we saw a highly motivated company with modern advanced infrastructure. I feel that UWC meets every prerequisite for precise implementation of potential projects with Deutsche Bahn. We wish that the existing positive energy and the quality of UWC’s products become a solid basis for our successful partnership.”