Stadler train manufacturer warned of Russian industrial espionage in Germany. The company fears that trade secrets could leak to its Russian competitor, Transmach Holding (TMH), through a maintenance contract.
A spokesperson for Stadler said in “Welt am Sonntag” that technical expertise is the company’s greatest asset. “We now have to fear that it will fall into the hands of competitors, contrary to our contractual agreements,” he said. “We are particularly critical of the fact that these are the Russian competitors who are making their way to the European market and thus have access to protected technology that is subject to trade secrets.”
British road worker “doesn’t see it this way”
The background to this is that British railroad company GoAhead, the future operator of the route between Munich and Lindau, entrusted the maintenance of the trains it had ordered from Stadler and Siemens Mobility to the German branch of its Russian rival TMH. TMH is currently building a warehouse in Langweid near Augsburg for vehicle maintenance.
“We are looking at the constellation in Language with concern,” a spokesperson for the newspaper said. So the conversations with GoAhead have already begun. However, the British road operator ran with fear. “We don’t see it that way,” a spokesman said. In addition, one does not wish to comment on the matter.
According to the newspaper, TMH notes that train manufacturers should provide the operator with maintenance manuals associated with train maintenance. A TMH spokeswoman said: “This is a common practice in the railway industry, and we would like to emphasize that these documents do not contain any technical drawings or the like that would allow for the design and construction of the train.” (SDA)
Publication date: May 2, 2021, 4:45 am
Last updated: May 2, 2021, 3 minutes ago