Whether for high speed, cargo, heavy haul, tram or underground rail networks: the Goldschmidt Thermit Group is a globally recognized and proven supplier of products and services for the construction, renovation, modernization and intelligent predictive maintenance of railway tracks. You profit from the know-how of experienced specialists, keep a firm grip on your lifecycle costs, and are optimally equipped to meet the challenges of the international railway infrastructure market!
More than 120 years of experience in the railway sector are your guarantee of premium quality and excellent service. This acknowledged expertise is backed up by innovative and sustainable ideas for advanced technologies with digital interfaces to all key processes that make the Goldschmidt Thermit Group your number one partner. We get together with our customers to develop tomorrow’s digital work site – today.
Strong balance sheet of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group / Global market leader convinces with innovative solutions for railway infrastructure ... more information
Leipzig, May 28, 2019: The Goldschmidt Thermit Group continues its successful expansion. In the financial year of 2018, the leading global company in the area of rail welding, maintenance of railway systems and the THERMIT® business increased its global sales revenue by 17 percent to reach 185 million euros. At the same time the number of employees rose to over 1,200. A holistic digitalization strategy, extensive investments in highly innovative products and solutions and strategic acquisitions to extend the portfolio have fueled the development of the company which is today a modern system supplier in the area of railway infrastructure.
"Modern rail systems around the world are the key to sustainable economic growth and a transportation infrastructure which is environmentally sound. Modern rail systems have to function smoothly and require customized maintenance and care. The Goldschmidt Thermit Group has further extended its market leadership in this future-oriented field which is very competitive", explained Dr. Hans-Jürgen Mundinger, CEO of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group. "Our investments in R&D in our Technology Innovation Center in Leipzig, in our Centers of Competences worldwide, and in the manufacture of high tech tools and machines in our companies on six different continents are now paying off. This allows us to achieve success in the global market with our own products and solutions."
In Germany, last October Goldschmidt Thermit Group took over the company 'PLR Prüftechnik Linke & Rühe GmbH' (PLR) from Magdeburg which is a leader in the area of eddy current and ultrasonic inspection technology for railway infrastructure. Together with the GRAW company in Poland, which was acquired last year, the Goldschmidt Thermit Group now offers a one-stop shop for all the technology necessary for the inspection and measurement of railway tracks. Simultaneously the investments in the world's largest and most modern Thermit® production facility at Elektro-Thermit GmbH & Co. KG are paying off. This year the largest subsidiary of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group will celebrate its 100 year jubilee. In 2018, the 10 millionth THERMIT® portion was produced at the Halle-Ammendorf plant. In the meantime, every year more than a million Thermit® portions leave Halle for use all over the world.
In its important I-LENA project where new practical methods to limit noise are being tested on a section of track, the German railways (Deutsche Bahn) have opted for high-tech solutions from the Goldschmidt Thermit Group. Accordingly, TRACKSAFE LUBE, the rail lubrication device, was installed at Grünstadt near the town of Mannheim to eliminate screeching noises on bends. The success of the measure is unmistakable. Independent noise measurements are planned for the end of May.
In international markets the Goldschmidt Thermit Group was able to win numerous large orders in the area of the modernization of railway infrastructure. Today the Chinese railways rely on the grinding technology of Goldschmidt Thermit Group for the maintenance of switches in its continually expanding high speed railway network. In addition, GT-ATS, the Russian subsidiary, has concluded a 3-year contract with the Russian railways to carry out extensive welding work on all 14 regional railway networks. Up to the end of 2020 more than 250,000 THERMIT® welds are planned. "This enables the Goldschmidt Thermit Group to make an important contribution to improving the 'new silk road' on which already today large volumes of goods are transported from China to Europe", explains Mundinger.
The required modernization of old railway bridges which to a large extent are more than 100 years old is a further focus in the modernization process of international railway networks. The Goldschmidt Thermit Group has a leading role to play in the refurbishment process. Together with the Italian railways, the group has developed a special road-rail vehicle for the inspection of railway bridges in Italy. The technology can now also be used in other countries.
The Goldschmidt Thermit Group has also consolidated its leading position in the area of maintenance work for tram infrastructure used in local public transport systems. Municipal transport organizations all over the world rely on the expertise of the group. In 2018, new orders were placed in Cairo, Rabat, Antalya and Odense for the maintenance of trams and underground railway systems.
The networking of all products and solutions in the digital construction site has become a growth driver for the Goldschmidt Thermit Group. In this process, DARI® - Data Acquisition for Rail Infrastructure, a cloud-based database solution developed by the company, enables the automation of documentation and customer-specific evaluation of all welding and measurement processes. Using the GOLDSCHMIDT DIGITAL APP customers have access to all mobile digital applications of the company. DARI® integrates all the processes recorded by the app in the cloud.
"Our customers, the railway companies, set very high standards with regard to the safety and functionality of the rail network. The ability to digitally record and evaluate maintenance processes is a huge advantage for the control of complex infrastructure projects", emphasizes Mundinger. "With our new products made in Germany we are building a bridge to take the welding technology patented 124 years ago by Hans Goldschmidt into the digital age. This allows us to offer our customers substantial advantages in terms of quality and productivity."
The group intends to continue to grow organically in the next financial years and also strengthen its position through strategic acquisitions with new products and service offers. "The acquisitions made in recent years were very successful. We have considerably extended our portfolio in the areas of measurement technology and tools and machine building. Our profitable growth opens up excellent opportunities to enable us to continue to grow through strategic investments."
Goldschmidt Thermit Group acquires PLR, inspection technology specialist from Magdeburg... more information
Leipzig/Magdeburg, October 29, 2018: The Goldschmidt Thermit Group with headquarters in Leipzig continues to pursue its global growth strategy and has further expanded its product range in the area of measurement technology for the railway sector. In this context, the leading global company in the field of joint welding and maintenance of railway systems has now acquired PLR Prüftechnik Linke & Rühe GmbH (PLR), the technological leader in the field of eddy current and ultrasonic inspection for the railway sector which is based in Magdeburg.
"In the railway sector there is a global demand for modern solutions. PLR brings extensive know-how in the field of non-destructive testing of rail infrastructure to the Goldschmidt Thermit Group. This excellently complements our product portfolio in the area of measurement technology. The product range of PLR fits in perfectly with our digital strategy. This is Industry 4.0 "Made in Germany", which is appreciated by customers in Europe, China and the USA“, explains Dr. Hans-Jürgen Mundinger, CEO of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group. "We are very happy that in future the employees of PLR will make their innovative engineering available to customers under the flag of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group."
The acquisition of PLR allows the Goldschmidt Thermit Group to offer customers a one-stop shop for all their required technology in the field of measurement and inspection technology for the analysis of their railway network. The combination of the digital acquisition of measurement and inspection data used to determine and localize rail defects gives the Goldschmidt Thermit Group new momentum in the area of predictive maintenance.
"The global network of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group enables us to open up new markets and achieve international growth. Our high-tech solutions in the area of ultrasonic and eddy current inspection technology perfectly complement the areas of measurement technology and the range of vehicles of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group", emphasizes Sven Rühe, Managing Director of PLR.
In addition to the railway industry, the products and services of PLR also successfully find application in the automotive industry, aerospace and the field of mechanical engineering. In the area of inspection services a highly qualified team of engineers and technicians in the industrial sector of machine and plant construction carry out non-destructive inspections according to international standards. In the area of inspection technology the focus is on the development, production and servicing of automated rail inspection systems including specific analysis and evaluation software and also inspection equipment and sensors according to customer-specific requirements. In an accredited laboratory eddy current and ultrasonic inspection devices are examined along with portable mobile devices and stationary magnetization devices for conformity to the standard requirements and manufacturer specifications.
In 1990 PLR was one of the first industrial companies to be founded in Magdeburg after the reunification of Germany. In the meantime, cooperation with research institutes and customized research and development contracts has enabled the company to become a well-known developer and manufacturer of ultrasonic and eddy current devices. A significant result of this development is that PLR has become the sole supplier of ultrasonic and eddy current technology for inspection trains of the German railways (Deutsche Bahn AG) and also become the European market leader for the equipping of rail maintenance devices which use eddy current technology.
In cooperation with the German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZfP), in the DGZfP training center in Magdeburg, PLR offers a wide range of courses for the qualification of technical personnel acc. to DIN EN ISO 9712 in the different processes and qualification levels of non-destructive testing.
Goldschmidt Thermit Group presents the latest generation of digital high technology products for the railway industry at InnoTrans 2018 ... more information
Berlin/Leipzig, September 17, 2018: In Berlin at InnoTrans 2018, the leading trade fair for the railway industry, the Goldschmidt Thermit Group, based in Leipzig, Germany, will present the most extensive range of products in the company's history. The focus will be on the company's digitalization strategy which is designed to push the digital networking of equipment, processes and production results at construction sites and therefore achieves a substantial quality and productivity advantage for its customers. Visitors to InnoTrans will be able to view the respective products with networking capability and also inform themselves about the developments of GRAW, the measurement technology specialist based in Poland which joined the Goldschmidt Thermit Group in 2017. In Berlin, SRS Sjölanders, the Swedish technology leader for road-rail vehicles that joined the group two years ago, will also exhibit with the Goldschmidt Thermit Group for the first time.
The highlight at the stand of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group is the cloud-based database DARI®, Data Acquisition for Rail Infrastructure, an innovation which enables the comprehensive and automated documentation of welding and measurement processes and customized analysis of various data. Using the GOLDSCHMIDT DIGITAL APP, customers have access to all the mobile digital applications of the company. DARI® now integrates every process recorded by the app in the cloud, which represents a big leap forward for the control of the digital construction site.
“At InnoTrans customers will be able to experience the benefits which our digital products offer for their daily work. In the area of railway infrastructure we are systematically developing the digital construction site because we are convinced of the definite advantages this gives to our customers”, explains Dr. Hans-Jürgen Mundinger, CEO of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group. “Our new products are developed in Germany at our Technology Innovation Center in Leipzig. The motto "GOLDSCHMIDT GOES DIGITAL" is in line with the company’s strategy to offer our customers the best digital solutions. We will present these solutions at InnoTrans.”
DARI® integrates all the current product innovations of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group, including SMARTWELD JET for the automated preheating of the THERMIT® weld and SMARTWELD RECORD for the efficient documentation of the THERMIT® weld, and also measurement devices such as RAILSTRAIGHTS for the straightness measurement of running edges and surfaces, TRACKGAUGE DIGITAL, a digital gauge and superelevation device for track and switches, and also the TRACKSCAN COMPACT track geometry measurement system.
The new products which the company will present at InnoTrans also include the Rail Drill RD 330 B, a battery-powered rail drill which enables efficient and quick rail web drilling for flat bottom and grooved rails. The device is able to drill up to 100 holes with a single battery charge. The rail drill enables drilling of rails which is free of emissions and does not depend on fuel. The extremely low noise and vibration emissions make the RD 330 B one of the best machines available on the market. In addition, the device has a Bluetooth® interface for communication with the GOLDSCHMIDT DIGITAL APP. The Android application records machine data such as the number of drilled holes, GPS tracking, timestamp per drilled hole, motor temperature, battery status and machine operating hours. This ensures easy traceability and documentation of the work carried out. The data are directly uploaded to the DARI® database so they can be analyzed and made available at a global level.
With the RAILSHAPE PRO visitors to the trade fair will also be able to experience a further new product at InnoTrans. The latest grinding machine from the Goldschmidt Thermit Group enables the grinding of the running surfaces of rails, corrugation grinding and in particular the economic maintenance of locations with limited access such as switches in railway stations where larger machines cannot find application. The machine offers the best power-to-weight-ratio on the market and in combination with RAILSHAPE ECO and modern measurement technology offers an innovative and highly efficient grinding service performance. This enables the grinding and maintenance of complete rails, but especially also of switches.
GRAW is the newest member of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group. GRAW develops and produces intelligent, computer-controlled geometry measurement devices and systems for rails, switches, track and train wheels, and will exhibit these for the first time with the Goldschmidt Thermit Group. GRAW also develops real-time track condition evaluation systems for track geometry vehicles, stationary wheel geometry control systems and diagnostic databases for the planning of track maintenance and maintenance of rolling stock wheels. Furthermore, GRAW has extensive experience in the development of software for the quick analysis of measurement data and the processing, analysis and archiving of measurement data.
SRS Sjölanders will also exhibit for the first time with the Goldschmidt Thermit Group in Berlin. SRS Sjölanders joined the group in 2016. The Swedish company can look back on a company history of more than one hundred years and has extensive experience in the area of infrastructure for the railway industry. A core area of technical expertise of SRS Sjölanders is the patented road-rail system developed by the company with hydrostatic drive where there is no contact between the rubber wheels of the chassis and the rail running wheels. The vehicles can be placed on the track at their destination in a very short time and immediately start work. The design enables excellent performance with regard to safety, traction, track accuracy, brake power, speed and travel comfort. At InnoTrans SRS Sjölanders will present the latest generation of its road-rail vehicles.