According to my Company’s internal rules for early retirement of top managers I gave my position up and worked as a consultant in legal matters, take over and joint ventures.
Since 1997 I run my own consulting business.
Early 2001 Swiss specialist companies for rail track construction and maintenance companies founded the VSBTU association and I was entrusted with the post of a delegate. Since that time I treated commercial and legal matters with local and international administrative bodies.
- Particulate traps for railway maintenance machines.
- Functionality, performance, installation options, test methods, investments and operating costs.
- Research into the state of repair, operative condition and signs of wear of the railway infrastructure. Required investment. Call for parliament intervention to rise the funding.
- Implementation of the train protection system ETCS on railway maintenance machines.
- Implications of the Global Warming, the warming permafrost on the railway infrastructure.
In April 2008 I have resigned as Delegate of the Association.
International Conference on “An Integrated Strategy for Transport and Communications in China” Oct. 24-26, 1994 in Beijing
The Conference was sponsored by the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRD), the Ministry of Finance, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the AIG-Asian Infrastructure Fund.
The development of the infrastructure was then lagging behind the country’s overall economic development. The estimated investment in infrastructure to satisfy the demands were: 500 BUSD (350 in transport and 150 in telecommunication. In addition to that, 350 BUSD were foreseen for power, 100 for water supply and 9 for civil airplains, beside amounts for education, housing and environmental protection.
China was strongly advised to improve the efficiency of todays systems prior to investments in new highway and railway lines, e.g. to install traffic management systems (which were than not yet in use in Europe or the USA.) Recommendations were given about the number of private cars per Million inhabitants, fuel consumption of the cars (< 3.5 l/100km!), to use telecommunication instead of traveling. In the field of railways, the 1318 kilometer long Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway for continuous operation speed of 350 km/h should be build, waterways improved to reduced coal transports (true cost calculation), the axle-load of freight-wagons increased, thus to raise the capacity of the railways. To answer China’s electricity consumption our advice was to take into account long-distance Ultra-high DC voltage electricity transmissions. It goes without saying that all these estimations have been overruled be the speed of Chinas development!
World Bank (WB)
WB has asked me to participate in the World Bank Mission: “Restructuring and Modernization Study of the Chinese Railway Locomotive and Rolling Stock Manufacturing Industry” (Ministry of Railways) that took place during July 5-August 5, 1995. The field visits by the team to six of 35 enterprises identified issues for restructuring and reform the Rolling Stock Corporation with its complex structured and oversized (35) factories and (4) institutes. (No. of staff: 274’000).