Harsco Corporationís Track Technologies Division Gets New Order From Brazilís Companhia Vale Do Rio Doce To Construct And Support New Mainline Rail Grinder
Worldwide industrial services company Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) announced today that its Harsco Track Technologies (HTT) division has been awarded a new order from Brazilís Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) to construct and support a new mainline rail grinder that will be used by CVRD to reprofile some of the worldís most heavily-used railway freight lines. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
CVRD has contracted with Harsco Track Technologies to construct a wide gauge, 96-stone mainline rail grinder for delivery by early 2008, together with two years of post-delivery operator and maintenance training, field service and spare parts support. The rail grinder unit will operate on CVRDís Carajas line, an 892 km (550 mile) link that transports iron ore and other cargo to the main maritime port at Sao Luis in Brazilís northern region. CVRD accounts for approximately five percent of Brazilís total exports.
The order is HTTís first in Brazil in more than a decade and could lead to additional orders as CVRD continues to evaluate its system-wide railway track maintenance equipment needs. HTT is one of the worldís largest railway track maintenance services and equipment specialists, serving as a primary source for over 140 types and models of work equipment designed and built for the maintenance, renewal, and new construction of railway track. The division expects to benefit from the significant presence in Brazil of Harscoís MultiServ mill services operations, whose extensive on-site services to most of Brazilís major steelmaking operations typically involve heavy vehicle repair and maintenance capabilities at several locations.
Rail grinding has emerged as one of the fastest-growing and most effective maintenance practices for extending rail life, limiting rail traffic disruption and reducing the potential for rail failures. HTTís rail grinders are designed to reprofile rail surfaces for proper wheel-to-rail contact, which reduces surface stresses in the rail and also enables railways to move high-tonnage loads at increased speeds, thus reducing fuel consumption. Harscoís HTT division is one of the railway industryís leading rail grinding specialists, having developed and produced similar systems for major U.S. and international railroads and metro transit networks, including customers throughout China, Japan, India and Europe. Additional market opportunities are anticipated on a worldwide basis.
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