8 January 2015

Vigier Rail invest for the future using Abetong expertise

In 2014 SBB, the Swiss Railway Authority, and the private railway holders in Switzerland increased their sleeper demands for turnouts to quantities above the existing capacities of Vigier Rail. To meet the new requirements Vigier Rail decided to extend its existing facilities in Müntschemier using expertise from Abetong.

Except for increasing its turnout sleeper capacity by 100%, a completely new production line was established to produce the company’s so called Flatsleepers. The new line required a possibility to be easily converted in order to manufacture different types of sleepers, where various sleeper length, track gauge and geometry were considered.

Installation and commissioning were made during spring 2014 to allow for a full scale production before the summer.

With the new capacity in place Vigier Rail will continue to be well positioned for the future. 

Vigier. Picture from opening ceremony in Münchemier.
Picture from opening ceremony in Münchemier.
Vigier. View of the extension of the building with the newly equipped production lines.
View of the extension of the building with the newly equipped production lines.

In Switzerland Abetong and Vigier Rail AG signed a license agreement already in 1992. As part of the agreement Abetong supported Vigier Rail to establish production facilities for both main line and turnout sleepers in the small village, Müntschemier, located about 30 minutes outside of Bern. Ever since the companies have closely collaborated in order to meet the quality and quantity demands of SBB, the Swiss Railway Authority. In 2012 the companies agreed to a continuation of license relation for another ten years.

Abetong AB is a Swedish company, expert in the design and production of prestressed concrete sleepers. The company has been the main supplier of sleepers for the Swedish railway network during the last six decades. In parallel the company has licensed its know-how for fifty years, today with license operations all around the world.