ThyssenKrupp GfT Gleistechnik supplying products for the reconstruction
Essen: ThyssenKrupp GfT Gleistechnik mbH has been awarded by the Iraq Ministry for Transport and Railway Companies a megacontract for 30,000 tonnes of rails needed in the general renewal of the nation's network. The double-digit million euro contract was won against notable competitors.
"We have great trust in German products and, in ThyssenKrupp, we have found a reliable and highly competent partner whose word we can depend on at all times", commented Bangen Abdullah Hadrash Rekani, Deputy Minister of Transport in Iraq on the occasion of a recent visit by a delegation to Essen. Harald Bogedein, General Manager of ThyssenKrupp GfT Gleistechnik, adds: "This is the very first megaproject in Iraq involving German companies since the end of the war. We hope the contract will serve as a stable launch pad for an ongoing business relationship. We are presently holding exploratory talks."
The talks are being conducted in the context of Iraq's Infrastructure Reconstruction program: in the medium term the country needs about 180,000 rails, 2.4 million sleepers, and 550 switches. Products on a similar scale will be required for port construction work a subject on which ThyssenKrupp is presently examining business possibilities.
ThyssenKrupp GfT Gleistechnik GmbH, Essen, Germany, ranks among the worldwide leading suppliers of railway equipment systems with special emphasis on classical products such as new and used rails, sleepers, points, rail fasteners for all types of permanent-way systems. Rounding off the range are rolling stock and its refurbishment, wagons and their accessories, and a full range of services. Engineering and supplying complete rail and point systems are among the specialties of ThyssenKrupp GfT Gleistechnik.