Business Expansion

Business Expansion is one of our largest categories and looks at the core functions of business operations within the sector.

This consists of any projects that have expanded the company’s footprint in the sector, including: contract wins; launching in new territories; launching new product lines; the acquisition and expansion of facilities and real estate; acquisition of new machinery or other assets; improved logistics; partnerships; and significant staff increases.

  • Aecom
  • Alstom
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
  • Caterpillar Company
  • Chiltern Railways
  • CRRC
  • Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
  • Deutsche Bahn
  • SNCF Voyageurs
  • Trinity Industries
  • UGL
  • Wabtec Corporation

Environmental

The Environmental category aims to highlight companies that are undertaking projects that reduce their impact on the natural environment or contribute to its general health. With the effects of climate change becoming ever more obvious, corporations have a responsibility to update and change their practices to prevent further damage being caused.

This category includes any projects that have led or will lead to a significant reduction in a company’s environmental impact and carbon footprint. This can include changes to materials and manufacturing, supply chain reviews; reduction in energy use or switches to renewables; recycling initiatives; and carbon offsetting. The category also includes projects that contribute to the environment such as tree planting schemes and river cleaning.

  • Alstom
  • Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles
  • Hitachi
  • Porterbrook
  • Unipart Rail

Innovation

Innovation is the category with one of the widest scopes within the Excellence Rankings as it looks at novel new approaches in every area, from the fruits of research and development to novel new business practices. What all the ranked entities have in common is the demonstration of new concepts not just within their own business but in the sector as a whole.

The category includes any projects that demonstrate an innovative approach to the market. The category crosses over with many of our other categories and can include new products, novel product features, new business practices, new marketing and sales strategies and more.

  • Ballard Power Systems
  • Eversholt Rail
  • General Motors
  • Hitachi
  • Sateba Group
  • Seoul Robotics
  • Thales

Investments

The Investments category looks at any significant financial investments into a company or its assets, specifically those investments that facilitate expansion of a company’s operations. This can be an investment by the company itself into its operations or by an outside investor be that another company, financial institution, private equity or venture capital firm.

  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Deutsche Bahn
  • Trinity Industries

Product Launches

The Product Launches category recognises companies that have launched notable new products or services into the market. This can include physical products, software as well as the launch of services and concepts.

We are specifically looking at novelty, including companies launching products into new areas or innovation in the product’s design, manufacture or marketing.

  • High Speed Two
  • Huawei
  • HUBER+SUHNER
  • Industrial Networks

Research and Development

This category includes organisations that have demonstrated a commitment to the research and development of new products and/or new processes. This can include discovering or creating a unique material, transferring a research or technology development to practice, improving the performance of an existing product or creating a new simulation or design tools.

The category also includes companies that have made significant investments into their R&D processes.

  • Alstom
  • Caltrain
  • Chemet
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Hitachi Rail
  • One Silicon Chip Photonics
  • Siemens
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Wabtec Corporation

Safety

The Safety category includes companies and institutions that have demonstrated best practice in health and safety including compliance to standards and any initiatives taken to improve workplace safety through the introduction of new guidelines, policies or equipment.

It also includes projects and initiatives by companies to improve health and safety in other public environments other than their own workspaces.

  • Belam
  • Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
  • Network Rail
  • Thales