Interview with Jan Siebert, MD and Head of Business Unit Rail, Elcowire Rail
Jan Siebert, Managing Director and Head of Business Unit Rail at Elcowire Rail GmbH (Hettstedt), highlights the company’s core values and distinct offering that makes it Europe’s leading supplier of copper products and services for overhead contact lines.
Please give a brief history of Elcowire Rail and when did the rail sector become of interest to you?
With its sites in Hettstedt, Helsingborg and Cologne, Elcowire Rail has been integrated as a business unit combining the rail expertise for overhead contact line materials formerly known under NKT, Isodraht and Elektrokoppar. As such, Elcowire Rail is part of the Elcowire Group (Helsingborg). With its competence in copper – stemming from more than 100 years of successful deliveries and from regional competence through copper mining and metal machining – Elcowire Rail is best suited to serve the worldwide market for overhead contact line systems. Our reliable and high-quality products are in commercial operation around the world; for instance, in the Gotthard Base Tunnel (Switzerland), on the Madrid-Barcelona high-speed route (Spain), on Sydney Trains (Australia) and on the Raide-Jokeri light-rail network (Finland). Elcowire Rail’s product portfolio covers all applications for overhead contact lines, including long-distance rail transportation, urban light-rail and suburban rail systems, mining applications, trolley buses and, lately, also electrified road transport.