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Goldschmidt Group

Joining of Rails, Modern Track Construction, Infrastructure Inspection and Maintenance

Goldschmidt combines with its companies all the expertise that you need for the construction, maintenance, inspection and monitoring of your railway network.

Hugo-Licht-Str. 3
04109 Leipzig,

Goldschmidt combines with its companies all the expertise that you need for the construction, maintenance, inspection and monitoring of your railway network.

The unique global network of experts gives you access to the international range of products and services of Goldschmidt, at your location, with your local contact person and the power of the whole group. Special expertise, excellent technical equipment and highly qualified personnel allow Goldschmidt to comprehensively implement each task with a standard high quality level worldwide.

Goldschmidt offers a comprehensive range of products and services worldwide for the joining of rails, modern construction of railway track, and inspection of your track infrastructure and its maintenance.

Original Thermit®

As the inventor and global market and technological leader in the field of Thermit® welding, for over 125 years Goldschmidt has set standards for the continuously welded track. We develop, produce and supply all of the associated equipment, machines and materials.

Insulated rail joints

Goldschmidt offers a wide range of insulated rail joints which meet the requirements of regional railways in all countries. These high-quality products contribute to the safety and reliability of railway networks worldwide.

Welding solutions

All over the world, rails are welded using Goldschmidt expertise and new rails are weld tempered: for longer service life and to ensure that all types of trains and trams run quietly, safely and environmentally friendly.

Grinding solutions

Using grinding, reprofiling and deburring machines, semi-automatic large grinding machines and road-rail grinding vehicles Goldschmidt maintains the quality of your railway tracks, quickly, efficiently and with precision. Well-trained, experienced grinding teams offer flexibility.

Measuring and testing solutions

Goldschmidt offers a comprehensive range of inspection products to identify and assess rail defects, track geometry, rail profiles and also wheel profiles. The future-oriented technologies provide precise measurement and testing results in a standard format. Whether as a hand-held inspection device or integrated with trolleys, road-rail vehicles or inspection trains, Goldschmidt enables the safety of your tracks.

Tools and machines

Goldschmidt offers first-class tools and machines for the professional execution of work on railway tracks with all available drive technologies such as gasoline and diesel engines, battery-powered motors and hydraulically driven motors. The products work efficiently, offer high performance and are user-friendly.

Road-rail vehicles

Depending on the respective application, Goldschmidt offers road-rail vehicles up to a weight of 32t, such as overhead line installation vehicles, inspection and track cleaning vehicles for public transport companies, measurement and welding vehicles, as well as heavy recovery vehicles and bridge inspection vehicles for main lines.


Goldschmidt offers you products and solutions to improve safety, availability and comfort such as rail lubrication devices to reduce rail wear and rail noise emissions, switch heating devices, and track safety systems such as rail buffers or quickly fitted magnetic track barriers.

Digital solutions

As a pioneer in the field of digitalisation Goldschmidt works on the comprehensive networking of devices, machines, road-rail vehicles and track construction sites to enable greater quality, safety, transparency and efficiency with the construction and maintenance of modern railway networks.

About Goldschmidt

The history of the Goldschmidt Group dates back to 1847 when the company Theodor Goldschmidt AG was founded. In 1895, Prof Hans Goldschmidt invented the Thermit welding method, an aluminothermic process that enables sections of rail track to be welded together continuously. This marked the beginning of modern rail transport.

In the following years, various companies were founded around the world, giving rise to a group that today boasts 1,300 employees at 24 locations worldwide.

Certificates and approvals of the Goldschmidt companies include quality management certification according to ISO 9001:2015 and AAR M-1003, environmental management system according to ISO 14011:2015, approval by all major railway companies in more than 80 countries and approval as a Q1 supplier for Deutsche Bahn AG.

Goldschmidt Thermit Group Founds Subsidiary in Poland

The Goldschmidt Thermit Group based in Leipzig, Germany continues to expand. The leading global company for joint welding and servicing and maintenance of rail systems has now founded a subsidiary in the Polish city of Toruń, north-west of Warsaw. The target is to expand the group's activities in the growing infrastructure market of Eastern Europe.

Goldschmidt Thermit Group Inaugurates Leipzig Research Centre

Goldschmidt Thermit Group held a large inauguration celebration for the Technology Innovation Center (TIC) of the company group in Leipzig. The leading global company for the continuous welding and repair and maintenance of rails will integrate its global R&D activities in the TIC.

Goldschmidt Celebrate 120 Years of the Patented ‘Goldschmidt Process’ for Rail Joining

Many inventions can be traced back to the scientific curiosity of Prof. Hans Goldschmidt. His most important invention was patented 120 years ago. The THERMIT® process turned out to be a major advance in the development of rail traffic because the process enabled the continuous welding of rail joints for the first time. Today the Goldschmidt Thermit Group is the global market leader for rail joining and thanks to its continued innovative drive is a recognized and successful global supplier of products and services for rails.

Goldschmidt Launches App to Control RAILSTRAIGHT Measuring Devices

The precise measurement of rails has now become simpler. TheAppGuys has developed an app especially tailored to meet the needs of the Goldschmidt Thermit Group which can be used to control RAILSTRAIGHT precision measuring devices for measuring straightness and corrugations in rails and rail joints on-site via smartphones.

Marmaray Tunnel in Istanbul Opens, Goldschmidt Thermit Ensures Smooth Connection of the Railway Networks of Asia and Europe

The Marmaray tunnel in Istanbul will be officially opened on 28 October 2013, by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish Prime Minister. This historical tunnel project under the Bosporus will directly connect the railway networks of Asia and Europe for the first time. The infrastructure project consists of the 13.6km tunnel and also the development and modernization of 63km of existing railway lines, three new railway stations underground and the modernization of 37 further railway stations.

Goldschmidt Thermit Group Subsidiaries at Railway Interchange 2013

Railway Interchange 2013 will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, US, on 29 September through 1 October 2013. The event features combined exhibitions by members of the North American Railway Supply Institute (RSI), the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA), Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. (RSSI) along with conference programs by AREMA the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association.

Goldschmidt-Thermit Supports the ‘Grow with Public Transport’ Campaign

The development of the public transport network undoubtedly has a positive effect on the environment and society. In light of this and as part of the European Mobility Week (16-22 September 2013) the Goldschmidt Thermit Group supports the campaign of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) which is designed to strengthen public transport networks worldwide.

Goldschmidt Thermit expands in the US / Acquisition of PortaCo, Inc. in Minnesota

The Goldschmidt Thermit Group is continuing its international expansion and is developing its existing presence in the North American market. On 1 August 2013, Goldschmidt Thermit Group, the global leader in Thermit welding and services for the repair and maintenance of rail systems for Transits and Main Lines acquired 100% of the shares of PortaCo, Inc., a producer of hydraulic power units and tools, headquartered in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Building a Grinding Business in the US

Rail grinding is one of our core competences in Europe. Our modern track grinding trains remove corrugations and short waves, re-profile the running surface and running edges and derust rails prior to commencing operation.

Goldschmidt Holding GmbH

Hugo-Licht-Str. 3 04109 Leipzig


Elektro-Thermit GmbH & Co. KG

Chemiestr. 24 06132 Halle (Saale)


Form-Thermit Spol s.r.o.

Gromešova 6a 62100 Brno

Czech Republic

Goldschmidt Thermit Railservice GmbH

Niederlassung Essen Rotthauser Str. 142 45309 Essen


Goldschmidt Thermit Railservice (France) Sarl

12 rue du Bois du Pont, Lot N° 27 Z.A. des Béthunes 95310 Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône


Goldschmidt Thermit Railservice (Österreich) GmbH

Erlaaer Straße 161 1230 Wien


Goldschmidt Thermit GmbH Oficina Ibérica

Carretera de Fuencarral, 44 – Edificio 7 – Loft 20 28108 Alcobendas – Madrid



Radishcheva 19, Pushkin Saint- Petersburg 196602


Thermit Italiana s.r.l.

Via Sirtori, 11 20017 Rho Milano


Thermit Welding (GB) Ltd.

87 Ferry Lane Rainham Essex RM13 9YH

United Kingdom

Thermitrex (Pty) Ltd.

39 David Road Boksburg-East Gauteng

South Africa

Orgo-Thermit Inc.

3500 Colonial Drive North Manchester, New Jersey 08759

United States of America

Thermit do Brasil Ind. e Com. Ltda.

Rua Sargento Silvio Hollenbach 601 21530-200 Rio de Janeiro


PortaCo, Inc.

1805 2nd Avenue North Moorhead, Minnesota 56560

United States of America

Goldschmidt-Thermit Japan, Co., Ltd.

3F, 32-Shibakoen-building 3-4-30, Shibakoen, Minato-ku Tokyo 105-0011


Thermit China Co. Ltd.

97 Shan Xiang Road Economical Development Zone Kunshan, Jiangsu 215300


Thermit Australia Pty. Ltd.

170 Somersby Falls Road Somersby New South Wales, 2250


Thermit New Zealand Ltd.

69 Taupo Quay Wanganui 4500

New Zealand

SRS Sjölanders AB

Klövervägen 17 283 50 Osby


GRAW Sp. z o.o.

ul. Karola Miarki 12 44-100 Gliwice


PLR Prüftechnik Linke & Rühe GmbH

Altenhäuser Straße 6 39126 Magdeburg