2017 Integrated Report – Departure into a new era

DB Vehicle Maintenance

New strategy for maintenance facilities that are fit for the future

The increase in the number of regional transport contracts awarded to competitors, and the developments in rail freight transport, have led to a significant fall in demand for maintenance services in recent years. This is further driven by the increasing trend for vehicle manufacturers to offer their own maintenance services. All this has resulted in a steady decline in utilization of the DB maintenance facilities. We have developed the new 2030 facilities strat­­egy to make this division fit for the future. As part of Rail­­way of the Future we conducted an analysis of how to secure jobs by increasing productivity and expanding mobile maintenance. This also focused on compensating for contracts lost by gaining business for non-Group railways. A concept for the future was developed to increase profitability and competitiveness.

New locomotive testing facility at Dessau works

Built over about 30 months and with an area of 1,500 m², four tracks and eight workstations, Europe’s most modern locomotive testing facility at the Dessau vehicle maintenance workshop is now complete. The workshop teams will now be able to work on different locomotives with varying drive trains and power systems simultaneously.

New bogie workshop in Wittenberge

After 24 months of building, a new bogie workshop has now begun operation at the Wittenberge works. We have in­vested about € 20 million.

Sale of Eberswalde works

With effect from January 1, 2017, the Eberswalde works have been transferred to Eberswalde GmbH (investor: Quantum). About 150 employees were transferred to the new company on the same day.