Dutch company voestalpine WBN is taking over Rail Service Nederland (RSN), a specialist in drive rods and turnout drives.
Established in 2007, Rail Service Nederland BV (RSN) is an expert in the field of drive rods and turnout drives. Now, in 2015, voestalpine WBN B.V., part of the voestalpine VAE Group, is acquiring the Dutch company. There were many reasons favoring this takeover: on the one hand, RSN was looking for a strong strategic partner in order to exploit future market potential, and on the other, voestalpine Railpro B.V. was already a sales and logistics partner for rods, and voestalpine WBN for drives. Another advantage is the excellent geographical location enjoyed by the operating site in Alkmaar: only 70km from existing voestalpine sites in Hilversum and Waddinxveen, and around 30km from Amsterdam.
The Rail Service Nederland product portfolio includes:
- Drive rods: RSN can produce up to 1,800 different types of drive rod, making it unique on the Dutch market and covering all market requirements.
- Turnout drives: The RSN turnout drive is more developed than the standard drives used by the Dutch railways, thereby opening up excellent market opportunities for the future.
RSN enjoys extensive technical know-how, allowing it to offer fast, flexible and customized product development. The site has the necessary mechanical operating equipment, as well as plenty of space for future expansion.
Strategically strengthening voestalpine WBN
The acquisition allows voestalpine WBN to strengthen its market position by integrating drive and points technology for Dutch turnouts. As a result, it can offer complete turnout systems (turnout and turnout drive). In future RSN will also support voestalpine Signaling in the field of signaling technology and in entering new markets, not only in the Netherlands but also in countries such as Denmark, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Moreover, the acquisition also creates many synergies with voestalpine WBN and other voestalpine companies including voestalpine Signaling and voestalpine Railpro.