DANOBAT portal wheel lathe

DANOBATGROUP reinforces its commitment to the USA market with a contract


DANOBATGROUP will supply Greenbrier Rail Services, leader in the United States in the supply of equipment and services for rail transport, with two cutting-edge pieces of equipment for its railway axle maintenance depots. The order for a portal lathe for re-profiling wheel sets and a high performance grinding machine for axle machining reinforces the group commitment to the North American market.

Both developments will give Greenbrier first level new machinery, cutting-edge technology and greater automation in its processes. The order includes preventive maintenance, the installation, assembly and necessary training to handle the equipment.

For the European firm, this contract endorses its commitment to the North American market, which is one of its priorities in its strategy and where it aims to achieve sustainable growth. In fact, in 2014, the United States became the leading market for DANOBATGROUP in volume of orders.

DANOBATGROUP, a machine-tool group with its headquarters in the north of Spain and production plants in Germany and United Kingdom among others, has been present in the United States for 20 years, when it opened a sales office. Since then, it has entered into important contracts in this country, mainly in the aerospace, defense and oil and gas sectors, with clients, such as General Electric, US Army, American Airlines, Solar Turbines, Pratt & Whitney or US Steel.

This gradual growth in the North American market took an important qualitative leap last year when DANOBATGROUP set up the DANOBAT-Marathon joint venture, which reinforced its presence in the American market.

This latest contract with Greenbrier strengthens DANOBATGROUP´s position in the rail sector in the United States, where it is already one of the leading references worldwide. In 2014, it entered into contracts with BHP Billiton Iron Ore to supply all the equipment for its new rail car repair facilities in Australia, and with Bombardier, to supply machinery for the maintenance depot in Mexico, among others.

The group has an order portfolio in excess of 150 million dollars in the railway sector. According to Mikel Alvarez, DANOBAT Sales & Marketing Director, the contract with Greenbrier “represents a new and important step in establishing DANOBATGROUP in the United States”. “It is a priority market for us, in which we have been present for two decades and in which we are committed to sustainable growth", Alvarez indicated.

Specialized railway solutions

DANOBATGROUP counts with a special business unit which is specialized in turnkey solutions for the maintenance and production of rolling stock components, as well as the manufacture of stand-alone machines for machining those parts. Its long-standing international experience in the supply of turnkey solutions for different industries all over the world proves that DANOBAT railway development and solutions are a worldwide reference for this kind of high added value projects.

About Greenbrier

The Greenbrier Companies is the leading supplier of transportation equipment and services to the rail industry in the United States. The company builds new rail freight cars at its four manufacturing plants in the USA and Mexico. Greenbrier also sells reconditioned wheel sets and provides wheel services at nine different locations. Furthermore, it provides services in Europe through its operations in Poland. Greenbrier owns approximately 8,500 railcars, and carries out management services for 238,000 railcars.