Unlocking rail: Vossloh's vision for the future

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Unlocking rail: Vossloh's vision for the future

About the speakers
  • Glenn Lorenz
    Glenn Lorenz
    Engineering Manager at Vossloh Cogifer Australia
    Glenn Lorenz has held the position of Engineering Manager of Vossloh Cogifer Australia for 18 years. He has worked in the industry for nearly 40 years in areas of Sales and Commercials, though has predominantly worked in the fields of design for manufacture of Turnouts, Points and Crossings. Glenn is a Certified Practicing Engineer and is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia. From 2007 – 2016 Glen was a review member on CE2 committee for all AS1085 rail standards. Glenn chaired the production of AS1085.21 Turnouts, Switches and Crossings Australian standard from initial development to national acceptance. Glenn is a current member of RISSB Australian Standards review committee for 1085.21 Turnouts, Switches and Crossings, and of the review committee for AS7642 Turnouts and other Special trackwork. Glenn has authored, co-authored and presented a number of technical papers for the rail industry, both Nationally and Internationally.
  • Specialty Products Engineer at Austrak
  • Tom Heyer works as a Manager, Business, Specialty Products at Austrak, which is an Industrial Machinery & Equipment company with an estimated 96 employees; and founded in 1980., their management level is Manager. Tom graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2007 and is currently based in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Thomas became a qualified Mechanical Engineer, and commenced work as an Engineer in Germany within the area of quality management and process optimisation. After moving to Australia in 2016, he worked in Bendigo as a Project Manager and Project Estimator. And since 2018, Thomas has worked at Vossloh in various sales positions.
  • General Manager at Vossloh Cogifer Australia
  • Will Penrose is a Technical Sales Engineer at Vossloh Cogifer Australia

Key takeaways

Good products and good ideas will always find a way, especially if they are helpful for our clients

Only an agile, educated and progressively thinking workforce can push green solutions forward

Rail teams work better when they have a better understanding and appreciation of the work that other departments do

Innovation is key to the ongoing future of the rail industry, but implementation takes time