Sweden’s Dellner Bubenzer Group has acquired vibration control specialists Silentbloc UK Ltd from Crosslink Technology Holdings, and incorporated it into a new Dellner Polymer Solutions division alongside Dellner Woodville. ‘With Dellner Woodville’s pedigree in polymer fabrication and Silentbloc’s expertise in rubber to metal bonding, this is the perfect partnership for us’, said DBGCheif Executive Marcus Aberg on January 13. ‘The two companies are geographically close and also share a strong focus on technological innovation and excellent customer service.’#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# RJ Corman Railroad Group has announced the closure of its RJ Corman Railpower Locomotives business in Erie, Pennsylvania, with effect from February 29. RJ Corman had acquired the assets of the Railpower genset locomotive business in 2009, but on January 8 this year it said ‘In the landscape of market trends, continuing to produce genset locomotives is not viable‘.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# On January 9 leasing company Railpool announced an agreement to acquire Italian firm Locoitalia from FNM Group and the Tenor Group. Locoitalia has 11 Bombardier and Siemens electric locomotives. Managing Director Alberto Lacchini will become Railpool’s Sales Director, Southern Europe.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Zipabout has raised £1·35m from Founders Factory’s accelerator programme and Midven’s Midlands Engine Investment Fund to support the deployment of its Passenger Connect platform which is used by operators including LNER and ScotRail. ‘We know that Passenger Connect addresses a global need by transport operators to deliver real-time personalised travel information’, said founder and Chief Product Officer Alex Froom. ‘Zipabout has been focused on the rail sector, however this new round of investment will support our ambition of delivering the product across all modes of transport including land, air and sea.’#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Onboard connectivity company Icomera has established a software development team at San Luis Obispo in California and a hardware team at Dublin in Ireland. ‘Icomera is working to reduce the need for additional hardware and software being installed on public transport vehicles by creating a platform with the necessary connectivity and computer processing power needed to support multiple resource-intensive applications such as passenger infotainment, remote vehicle monitoring and digital video surveillance simultaneously as part of a single solution’, said SVP Operations Jörgen Christmansson.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Infotainment provider GoMedia has obtained ISO 27001 certification for information security management systems.
A medical worker gives a patient medical treatment in the ICU (intensive care unit) in Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, January 24, 2020. /Xinhua PhotoKenya’s national carrier on Wednesday announced that it was not planning to halt flights to China amid the coronavirus outbreak.Kenya Airways (KQ) said it would continue monitoring the situation in the meantime and would liaise with the government on the situation.“Cancellation of the flights is on the table but we are monitoring and we will take the action as soon as there’s eminent danger,” the airline’s acting chief executive officer Allan Kilavuka said Wednesday.“We are monitoring this on a very regular basis, as frequently as every one hour. We will make a decision in collaboration with the government on if and when we should suspend the flight,” he added.KQ’s decision comes other airlines suspended flight to China, including British Airways, Lion Air and Seoul Air.KQ’s announcement comes as the number of people who have died from the disease hit 132, with 6,078 confirmed cases as of 29 January 2020. 115 people have been discharged.Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this week expressed confidence that the disease will be defeated in due course.“I have personally been directing the effort and deploying resources, I believe that as long as we strengthen our confidence, help each other, control and prevent the virus appropriately, and implement policies precisely, we will definitely overcome this disease,” President Xi said in a meeting with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom.On his part, Adhanom hailed China for releasing information transparently, identifying pathogens in record time, and proactively sharing relevant viral gene sequences with the WHO and other countries.He added that the world admired how the Chinese government has demonstrated firm political determination and adopted timely and powerful policies in the face of the coronavirus.“I believe that the measures taken by China will effectively control and eventually overcome the disease,” he said.Related Kenya Airways launches flights to Rome, Geneva Kenya Airways resumes flights to South Sudan Kenya Airways to launch flights to Somalia