Dynamic processes

Drawing on a rich history in the rail industry SŽ Vleka in tehnika operates within the dynamic environment of bringing people and trains together to create the best possible solutions that are tailored to meet bespoke applications

Although SŽ Vleka in tehnika (SŽ-VIT) was established in its current form in 1995, the roots of the company within the rail industry go back more than 150 years, as Dušan Žickar, Managing Director of SŽ-VIT comments: “With the first workshop set up as early as 1890, SŽ-VIT has been supplying the traction, maintenance and technical wagon services on the market for over 150 SZ 139 byears. In order to keep up with rail technology advances and network developments, a total of five maintenance workshops have been built over this time; these are able to provide servicing to all types of rolling stock. Previously separate businesses, the workshops were merged into a single company in 1995 and have continued operating in this form to the present day.”

Operating 24/7 if necessary, SŽ-VIT has strived to maintain positive relationships with clients and strong relationships with its partners throughout its history and today focuses on continuous improvement and adaptation of its services to ensure the individual requirements of customers are met.

Indeed, over the years SŽ-VIT has developed a comprehensive portfolio of railway services, ranging from train traction and the maintenance of rolling stock to technical wagon activity. While the company takes pride in its long-term expertise, it also remains up-to-date on the latest advances in railway technology. Indeed, SŽ-VIT understands that modern maintenance is more than just typical maintenance and repair work, and that quality technical inspections with reliable brake tests are the main elements in ensuring railway safety. Furthermore, the company also recognises that reliable rail transportation is key to attracting potential rail transport users.

Aware that customers in the modern age require comprehensive solutions around the clock, the dynamic SŽ-VIT has built its success on understanding the demands and wishes of customers through the delivery of an array of rail services. These include the comprehensive maintenance of rolling stock, renovation and the remodelling of all types of railway vehicles; the treatment and maintenance of wheelsets and components, a round-the-clock mobile service, engineering and technical counseling. Additionally, the company offers reliable traction and technical wagon services; these involve monitoring the technical conditions of wagons and conducting control over their equipment, performing brake tests and wagon repairs.

Dušan provides further information on the services offered by SŽ-VIT: “When it comes to the repair and maintenance of the rolling stock, this is our core business and is aimed at increasing the value of rolling stock while boosting its functional value for the customer. Our adjustability, innovation, cutting edge equipment and specialised team of technicians help us deliver complete solutions to customers and help us form long-term partnerships. Our workshops are located in five different locations across Slovenia: Divaca, Dobova, Ljubljana, Maribor and Ptuj.”

He continues: “Meanwhile, our train traction segment typically refers to the supply of rail staff for shunting and train haulage purposes of rail carriers in freight and passenger transport. In this SZ 139 ccontext, we also provide additional services to our business partner Slobenske Zeleznice, such as maintenance-related and technical services, scheduling and shunting and traction locomotives, training courses, preparation of traction regulations and assistance in defining national safety provisions. Other services provided to our partner include traction costing and courses on cost-effective energy consumption to rail operational staff, supervision of shunting staff and other services that are relevant to traction.

“Our technical wagon activity comprises of inspections of the technical condition of tractive rolling stock and its equipment in train formation. Tractive rolling stock is always handed over in perfect running order to ensure both safe and quality carriage of passengers and goods. The supplied services are in line with national and international regulations as well as international agreements. Moreover, our technical wagon services unit operates according to the applicable EU directives and Slovenian Railway Traffic Safety Act with relevant regulations, and is part of the Safety Management System applied by rail carriers.”

As one of the first companies in Europe to obtain ECM certification (the certification of Entities in Charge of Maintenance), according to the regulation EU/445/2011, SŽ-VIT has proven time and again that it is staunchly committed to delivering high quality, tailor-made and safe solutions to its customer base through continual improvement and development.

Benefiting from long-term experience and an ongoing commitment to innovation, SŽ-VIT is certain to remain in demand as it focuses on quality and efficiency over the coming years. With opportunities to expand to new foreign markets such as the North West and East Europe becoming clear, there is a strategy in place to ensure further growth for the dynamic firm. “Our vision is to become the leading supplier of integrated rail services, from rolling stock maintenance and train traction to technical wagon services at the crossover pan-European corridors V and X,” says Dušan.

“To make this vision a reality, we will overcome our challenges of seeking long-term strategic partnerships, introducing new products, keeping up to date with technological advances and maintaining an environmentally-friendly business based on sustainable development. Moreover, we will aim to reduce vehicle downtime, improve reliability and boost competitiveness for rolling stock owners, which, in turn, will help us build a good name in the market,” he concludes.