This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine, Issue 3 2022.
Finland is a small but efficient northern country that is home to many world-class companies.
Their competitive advantages have included high-level expertise, customer insight, co-operation and the courage to do things in new ways. VR FleetCare is a provider of rail fleet maintenance and lifecycle services that is on its way to becoming the leading fleet maintenance company in Northern Europe. The company’s extensive industry experience and roots in Finnish society provide it with a strong foundation, but why is it the best choice as your fleet maintenance partner or manufacturer?
This year marks the 160th anniversary of VR FleetCare’s maintenance business, which began with looking after the fleet of the Finnish railway operator.
After the maintenance business was incorporated a few years ago, VR FleetCare began to successfully execute its growth strategy. Growth is sought via other railway traffic and in neighbouring areas, covering all Northern Europe.
“Our Finnish roots taught us to live frugally during the early days of the company. This has enabled us to build unique expertise in extending the lifecycle of rolling stock and components. We also specialise in repairing components that have been discarded by others. By doing so, we operate in line with our values and harness the circular economy as part of our operations. There are also other advantages to being Finnish: we have a very broad range of competencies and a high standard of safety in working life, which produces highly committed employees. Finns are also known for their reliability. We keep our word and do things exactly as agreed.”
Climate change is driving global action, while urbanisation is increasing the need for public transport. This will further increase the popularity of rail transport in the future. What does this mean for operators?
In the near future, all rail companies, operators and fleet owners will need to carefully consider how to respond to the growing popularity of rail transport. The procurement of new rolling stock involves long processes, and there is a need for short-term solutions. All existing rolling stock needs to be in use, and many operators are considering ways to extend the lifecycle of their fleet.
“Fleet modernisation and retrofit projects are our bread and butter, and we solve all of our customers’ challenges according to their wishes. We also have a very strong partnership network. The same subcontractors are used for building cruise ships and for equipping trains and wagons.”
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VR FleetCare's professionals will be traveling to Stockholm, Sweden to participate in Train & Rail exhibition, taking place 25–27 April.
VR FleetCare will be giving two presentations and hosting a stand at Rata 2023 - Future on Rails event, taking place in Tampere 17-18 January.
VR FleetCare has won a tender organised by Helsinki Metropolitan Area Rolling Stock Ltd for the refurbishment of 81 electric train bogies.
Metropolitan Area Transport Ltd has invested in a Tunnel Cleaning Wagon from VR FleetCare for use in its metro tunnels.
VR FleetCare's success in the market of rail fleet maintenance is due to a high level of competence and the courage to do things in new ways.
VR FleetCare and EKE-Electronics collaborate to provide condition-based maintenance solutions for rolling stock and track infrastructure.
There is increasing interest in the potential of condition monitoring to support railway asset management and maintenance.
VR FleetCare and the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency have reached an agreement on the condition monitoring of Finnish railway points.
VR FleetCare collects data with a variety of IoT measuring devices and uses it to develop its rolling stock-related maintenance products.
VR FleetCare will be exhibiting at InnoTrans from 20th to 23rd of September and hosting a conference room and stand 617 in hall 6.2.
The digital condition monitoring of track equipment makes it possible to carry out maintenance before malfunctions cause traffic disruptions.
Otso Ikonen has been appointed CEO of VR FleetCare, responsible for the maintenance of rolling stock, and a member of the Management Team.
VR FleetCare implements Adapro's ABC Project Management Model™ to offer customers consistently high quality and efficient project delivery.
Kimmo Soini, CEO of the Finnish rolling stock maintenance company, VR FleetCare, details the companies most significant events of 2021.
VR FleetCare is set to sign a 20-year maintenance agreement for Allegro trains that will operate between Russia and Finland.
VR FleetCare has signed an agreement with VR Group for the maintenance of the new Stadler diesel locomotive’s stock.
VR FleetCare appoint Kai Savolainen as Sales Manager, he is hoping to build and strengthen sales operations throughout Scandinavia.
In June, VR FleetCare will deploy Train Scanner, a device designed to automatically inspect the external condition of trains.
In line with its growth strategy, VR FleetCare recently implemented its first international rolling stock transport solution.
VR FleetCare signs contract for the modernisation and commercial upgrade of couchette coaches acquired by Norwegian train operator Vy Tog AS.
Wilhelm Schevelew from VR FleetCare explains the new sustainable era of component maintenance by growing and developing ComponentCare.
VR FleetCare has installed a solar power plant in the Helsinki depot to maintain trains in a more environmentally friendly way.
Mikko Alanko explains how VR FleetCare has become a digital maintenance service provider and how digital transformation is inevitable.
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