Ukrainian industrial company "Interpipe" has long been considered the leader of the European market of railway products. But North America is another, no less strategic direction for sales. In recent years, Victor Pinchuk's company has signed a number of important contracts for the supply of wheels to its North American partners.
The complexity of this order was that the wheels were produced simultaneously according to two standards - European EN and American AAR. The development of this product began four years ago, as part of a joint project with German companies Bochumer Verein Verkehrstechnik and Siemens.
Inspector BVV accepted a pilot batch in Ukraine, and then Interpipe products additionally passed a rigorous audit directly in Germany, at the factories of Siemens concern, which produces rolling stock for the metro.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected Canadian carriers to a much lesser extent than in the United States or other regions. Therefore, the company managed to establish cooperation with the largest car repair companies in Canada. Interpipe has already delivered three wheel designs to this market, two more types are possible.
Alexander Garkavy, director of the railway products division of Interpipe:
- Despite the difficult situation in the global economy, we are looking for markets with a stable demand for railway products. Our goal is to develop high-tech exports to important regions such as the EU, North America, the Middle East and North Africa. Now it is important to be included in the list of suppliers of wheel products for each client.
About the company:
Interpipe is a Ukrainian industrial company, a manufacturer of seamless pipes and railway wheels. The company's products are supplied to more than 80 countries of the world through a network of sales offices located in the key markets of the CIS, the Middle East, North America and Europe. In 2020, Interpipe sold 662 thousand tons of finished products, including 192 thousand tons of railway products. Railway products are sold under the KLW brand.