Launched in January 2012, Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant is the youngest yet the most innovative among the Russian transport engineering enterprises. The plant is located in the city of Tikhvin, Leningrad region. The current production capacities of Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant are 18,400 freight cars, 30,000 casting sets and 67,000 wheel sets per year. TVSZ offers over 20 highly demanded freight car models. In 2017, Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant produced 17,000 freight cars with increased carrying capacity.
Unparalleled consumer properties, operational reliability and economic efficiency make Tikhvin Freight Car Building plant a strong competitor on the global rolling stock cars market which stands out among its Russian counterparts. In its first five years of operation at the CIS rail network, almost 130m tonnes of cargo was carried in gondola cars produced by TVSZ, which is 15% more than the amount of cargo carried in old type cars.
Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant is a full-cycle production facility. The consistency of technological parameters which is key to the plant’s product quality is achieved by using over 100 industrial robots and 20 automated production lines. TVSZ quality management system complies with the international standard ISO/TS 22163:2017.
State projects involvement
Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant is an active participant of the state heavy haul development program. 27 tf gondola cars manufactured by TVSZ participate in the Russian Railways integrated testing program running until 2018. Increased carrying capacity 27 tf bogies were designed with the goals of the Development Strategy of the Railway Transport in the Russian Federation till 2030 in mind.
TVSZ products have high export potential. In 2017, TVSZ was awarded a certificate of the Association of American Railroads (ARR) and set to the export of car casting for freight cars used on the rail network of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The enterprise products are also in demand in the countries of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. In 2018 Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant became an approved supplier to Deutsche Bahn, Europe’s largest railway operator. Q2 Quality Status assigned to the Plant opens before it wide opportunities for entering the European market.