Wabtec Expanding M/W Business

Written by Marybeth Luczack, Executive Editor, Railway Age
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Wabtec has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Brazil-based Super Metal. (Collage Courtesy of Wabtec)

Wabtec Corporation on Nov. 17 reported the addition of Brazil-based Super Metal to its maintenance-of-way (m/w) business. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The move complements Wabtec’s 2021 acquisition of Nordco—a supplier of new, rebuilt and used maintenance-of-way equipment, with a product and service portfolio that includes mobile railcar movers and ultrasonic rail flaw detection technologies—and its existing Contagem, Brazil plant, which in August celebrated 60 years of locomotive production.

Super Metal, located in Governador Valadares city in Minas Gerais, “has nearly 30 years of experience supplying diverse automated vehicles and maintenance equipment that include vehicles for rail and tie maintenance, as well as railcar movers,” according to Wabtec, which noted the company also specializes in machining, services, development, and project execution for day-to-day operations of railroads throughout Brazil.

“Super Metal’s solutions and equipment for railway maintenance-of-way have synergy with Wabtec’s Services portfolio,” said Danilo Miyasato, President and Regional General Manager of Wabtec in Latin America.

“Their differentiated road to rail solutions will accelerate our international growth in key regions, such as Latin America, Asia and Africa,” added Pascal Schweitzer, Group President of Wabtec’s Global Freight Services.

“This deal highlights a lifetime of work from an entire family and boosts the Super Metal’s capacity to deliver innovative solutions to the market,” Super Metal President Bernardo Zeferino said. “We are excited with this new chapter as a Wabtec business.”

Earlier this year, Wabtec acquired Collins Aerospace’s ARINC rail solutions business segment (June)Trimble’s Beena Vision wayside inspection system business (April); and New Delhi, India-based MASU’s railway friction business (January).

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