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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Welcome to insidetrack John Clarke, President Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers It is a great honour to introduce to you our new semiannual magazine covering important issues affecting the business of rail from a suppliers’ perspective. This is a very exciting time for our industry. Our customers are spending $20 billion in Canada on rail freight and transit in 2012 alone. The mining sector will spend more than $140 billion over five years, which will require rail transport. Quebec’s Plan Nord is spending $80 billion to develop its mining sector including rail infrastructure. There is a huge iron mine project on Nunavut’s northern Baffin Island and massive projects being developed across Canada that need rail solutions. It is indeed a great time to be a rail supplier in Canada. Our new magazine will highlight these projects and many more opportunities before they are ‘fait accompli.’ We have also included a Buyers Guide that will be featured in each issue. It is of value as the publication is issued to all our domestic customers, governments and stakeholders, as well as key international customers and agents. In this issue, we delve into the surge of small and medium-sized suppliers and their impact to the industry. We also take a look at the changes in the research and development (R&D) tax credits and how that will affect your bottom line and the future of innovation in Canada. Finally I would encourage you to participate in our Bi-Annual Canadian Rail Summit 2012 from October 14-16 at the Sheraton hotel in Montreal. The summit will include several workshops under the theme “building the business of rail.” We are bringing key players together to provide a home for a premier bi-annual rail conference in Canada to tackle timely technical and commercial issues facing operators, suppliers, customers, governments and investors. It is being organized by CARS, RAC, Transport Canada, CN and CP. We anticipate selling out well before the conference begins so book now and I’ll see you in Montreal! C’est un grand honneur que de vous présenter notre nouveau magazine semestriel portant sur des questions importantes touchant le monde ferroviaire du point de vue des fournisseurs. C’est un moment très excitant pour notre industrie. Nos clients canadiens dépenseront, en 2012, 20 G$ en fret et transit ferroviaire. Le secteur minier va dépenser plus de 140 G$ sur cinq ans. Le Plan Nord du Québec prévoit des investissements de 80 G$ pour développer le secteur minier. On planifie une énorme mine de fer sur l’île de Baffin au Nunavut et les projets massifs en cours d’élaboration à travers le Canada auront besoin de solutions ferroviaires. C’est le moment idéal pour être un fournisseur ferroviaire au Canada. Notre nouveau magazine mettra l’accent sur ces projets qu’ils ne soient « fait accompli ». Nous avons également inclus un guide d’achat qui sera présenté dans chaque numéro. Ce sera une publication de valeur, livrée à tous nos clients nationaux, gouvernements et parties prenantes, ainsi qu’aux principaux clients internationaux et à leurs mandataires. Dans ce numéro, nous examinons la vague des petits et moyens fournisseurs et ses retombées sur l’industrie. Nous examinons aussi l’évolution des crédits d’impôt à la R et D de même que leur impact sur vos bénéfices et l’avenir de l’innovation au Canada. Enfin, je voudrais vous encourager à participer à notre Sommet bisannuel du rail canadien, du 14 au 16 octobre 2012, à l’hôtel Sheraton de Montréal. Le sommet comprendra plusieurs ateliers sous le thème « développer l’industrie ferroviaire ». Nous réunissons des joueurs de premier plan pour une première conférence bisannuelle du rail au Canada afin de traiter des enjeux techniques et commerciaux de l’heure qui touchent les exploitants, les fournisseurs, les clients, les gouvernements et les investisseurs. Il est organisé par l’ACFCF, l’ACFC, Transports Canada, le CN et le CFCP. Nous prévoyons que tous les stands seront loués longtemps avant la conférence, alors réservez-le vôtre maintenant et soyez au rendez-vous à Montréal! BI-ANNUAL CANADIAN RAIL SUMMIT 2012 Following a very successful North American Rail solely on the Canadian market. The summit will include Summit in 2010 in Montreal, we are pleased to bring several workshops under the theme “Building the busiyou the Bi-Annual Canadian Rail Summit 2012 – set ness of rail.” We are bringing key players together to for Oct. 14-16 – at the Sheraton hotel in Montreal. provide a home for a premier bi-annual rail conference in Canada to tackle timely technical and commercial issues Our event in 2010 included more than 600 facing operators, suppliers, customers, governments and participants and 60 booths as part of a coordinated investors. effort with our partners in the U.S. The feedback This is your opportunity to attend, exhibit and we received was unanimous for a need to highlight sponsor the one and only rail event in Canada. There rail operations and business opportunities focused is no other show like it. We expect the Bi-Annual Canadian Rail Summit 2012 to sell out with more than 200 attendees and only 30 booth spaces available. So register now and profi le your corporate image, products and services to customers by being an exhibitor and/or sponsor. Contact Sylvie Newell at 613-237-3888 or at for further information. insidetrack | SPRING/SUMMER 2012 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insidetrack - Spring/Summer 2012

President’s Message
What’s Next for the Rail Supply Industry? Opportunities exist for small and medium-sized enterprises
Industry Needs Better, More Consistent Standards
CARS Remembers Pair Gone Too Soon
CapEx: An Industry-Wide Look at Who’s Spending What
Railway Supply Directory
Index to Advertisers

Insidetrack - Spring/Summer 2012