During the TRAKO fair in Gdańsk, KZN "Bieżanów" and PORR signed an important agreement for the delivery of nearly 150 modern railway turnouts, thus securing the deliveries of these structures as part of the modernisation of the key section of the Coal Trunk-Line (pol. Magistrala Węglowa).
The companies of the KZN Bieżanów Group became the latest signatories to the “Railway Safety Culture Declaration”. Formal signing up for the initiative only confirms practices developed over the years - included in the KZN brand code - activities aimed at expanding railway safety.
On May 21, 2018, in the Senate Room, official agreements on funded scholarships were signed between the Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Cracow University of Technology and seven railway companies. KZN “Bieżanów” was among the entities supporting the development of railway personnel.
“In order for contractors and suppliers to be able to reliably evaluate the design of a long-term maintenance contract, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction should disclose additional information. There is a lack of data on the distribution of funds for specific types of work, their issuing schedule and categorisation of lines.” says Rafał Leszczyński, CEO of KZN Bieżanów in an interview for Railway Market (Rynek Kolejowy).
The executive company of the KZN Bieżanów Group will upgrade nearly forty intersections of railway lines with roads at six railway line plants in southern Poland. This is the outcome of winning the contract “Improving Safety at Crossings of Railway Lines and Roads - Stage I - Level Crossing Part” (“Poprawa bezpieczeństwa na skrzyżowaniach linii kolejowych z drogami – Etap I – część przejazdowa”).
The Fair’s success has been defined by the presence of customers at the exhibition stand as well as by the nature and temperature of business talks. The actual number of contractors present at the exhibition stand and the predominant willingness to understand their arguments and develop a modus operandi for the coming boom in infrastructure, testified to the success of the KZN Bieżanów Group at Trako 2017.
KZN actively engages with the plan to adapt its product range to the requirements of the new technical standards of PKP PLK, which will finally come into force in mid-2018. For this purpose, in cooperation with the railway network manager, it has launched further testing sites for monoblock manganese frogs of its own design.
The KZN Bieżanów Group would like to invite you to the conference “Railway Surfaces. Market-Investments-Maintenance” (“Nawierzchnie szynowe. Rynek-Inwestycje-Utrzymanie”), which will be held on 22nd and 23rd March 2018 at the Hotel “STOK” Conference Centre in Wisła. The industry meeting is a continuation and creative development of the “Railway in areas of mining damage” (“Kolej na obszarach szkód górniczych”) conference organized previously under the auspices of the Trade-Port Company.
On 30th June, the General Meeting of Shareholders of Kolejowe Zakłady Nawierzchniowe “Bieżanów” entrusted Rafał Leszczyński, a current member of the management board, with the position of the company's CEO. After completing his full term mandate, the previous CEO, Ryszard Leszczyński, took over the Deputy CEO position.
The system for transporting and unloading complete railroad turnouts received the “Innovator Małopolski” award, and also won the Gold Medal at the International Exhibition of Economic and Scientific Innovations INTARG 2016. The innovative technology developed by KZN “Bieżanów” continues to receive accolades and recognition.
The Krakow-based company officially confirmed the conformity of its procedures to IRIS 02 (International Railway Industry Standard). On 19 May 2016, the Chairman of KZN “Bieżanów”, Mr. Ryszard Leszczyński, received the official certificate from Mr. Piotr Kosznik, Sales Director at Bureau Veritas Certification Poland.
KZN Bieżanów Group makes its debut on the prestigious “Top 500 List” of the most dynamically growing businesses published by “Rzeczpospolita” daily. This year the capital group, operating under the brand of KZN “Bieżanów” and associated with the rail infrastructure sector, ranked 433 among all the listed businesses.
KZN “Bieżanów” decided to establish a separate maintenance department. The maintenance department, staffed with ca. a dozen employees, was equipped with the tools necessary for a quick and efficient response to the clients’ failure reports,” the Company assures.
“In 2015, we observed a tendency in tenders announced by PLK to reward the contractors who were able to deliver the railroad turnouts to the incorporation site in blocks. Those were just a handful of cases but it is definitely a change for the better, arising from the need to facilitate the process of replacement of those crucial elements of railroad infrastructure, and the need to increase the travel speed of trains,” says Ryszard Leszczyński, Chairman of the Board of KZN Bieżanów.
“Switcher” – a Polish specialised train car for transporting and unloading railroad turnouts, manufactured by KZN “Bieżanów”, was field tested on PKP PLK’s testing grounds in Świdnik. World’s only system with a tipping train car delivered the railroad turnout on pre-stressed turnout sleeper (Rkpd 60E1-190-1:9), which will now undergo tests. Turnouts are critical elements of railroad infrastructure, enabling fast and safe rail transport.
The Rkpd 60E1-190-1:9 double slip turnout on prestressed concrete turnout sleeper, manufactured by KZN “Bieżanów”, was accepted by PKP PLK. The innovative device is now ready for transport in blocks with the use of the Switcher system, to the Świdnik testing grounds.
Dozens of spectators at Switcher demonstrations, the first prize in the prestigious Ernest Malinowski Memorial Contest, the Railway Market Locomotive award, visits of ministers and ambassadors, the banquet celebrating the 70th anniversary of the KZN brand - for KZN “Bieżanów”, the recently ended TRAKO 2015 trade fair was truly a special time.
KZN “Bieżanów” with the special Railway Market Locomotive award. The company was distinguished for its achievements in the combined fields of research and business, which resulted in the logistic system for transporting railroad turnouts with the specialised train car named the Switcher.
The technology centred on the Switcher specialised train car received the first prize for Infrastructure in the prestigious Ernest Malinowski Memorial Contest. The prize confirmed the enormous interest in the innovative solution, which was clearly visible during the TRAKO 2015 trade fair.
KZN Bieżanów and the Railway Institute have completed the testing process of the “Switcher”, an innovative system for transporting railroad turnouts. The tests were conducted in the railroad test bench in the Railway Institute, on test railroad sections in Żmigród near Olsztyn, and on the winding, mountain section of railway no. 98 Grybów - Ptaszkowa. Also, the train car’s descent from the Gotthard Pass.
Switcher - this will be the name of the train cars that will form the core of the logistics of turnouts introduced to the market by KZN “Bieżanów”. The winning proposition was submitted by Mr. Wojciech Diufer, who received the prize - a Dell Latitude 3540 laptop. We would like to extend our congratulations to Mr. Diufer.
This will be the longest train car in Poland. KZN Bieżanów, a manufacturer of railroad turnouts, is finishing the project of a comprehensive system for transporting and assembling railroad turnouts in blocks. The company has built new tipping train car platforms, which are now undergoing tests in the Railway Institute.
The new KZN Bahntechnik GmbH company, with its offices in Braunschweig, will distribute and sell KZN Bieżanów products on German and international markets. Reorganisation of the current trading model of the holding is to improve efficiency and enable rapid expansion.