As a medium-sized, owner-managed technology company with Swiss roots, Molinari Rail delivers customized solutions for the global rolling stock industrie. We support our customers in the design and development of vehicles and subsystems as well as with vehicle certification, commissioning, maintenance and modernization. Our clients are railway operators, manufacturers of rolling stock, and construction companies as well as banks, leasing companies and authorities at home and abroad.
As an international, independent, and specialized service provider in the railway sector, Molinari has amassed a wealth of experience in this area and is actively involved with all of the relevant companies and organizations of the sector. The industrial methodology and procedure used at Molinari is holistic and oriented toward sustainable development of the projects and customers entrusted to us.
Tender and bid support
Market and feasibility studies
Comprehensive design of railway vehicles
Mechanical and electrical systems integration
RAMS & LCC analysis
Feasibility studies and optimization
Proof of structural integrity
Planning and evaluation of tests
Analysis of welded designs
Simulation of railway vehicle dynamics
Generatorsets, bogies, folding steps
Workshop and manufacturing equipment
Transfer of technology
The company was founded in 1994 by Michele Molinari as a sole proprietorship in Winterthur, Switzerland. In the early years, Michele worked as a freelance engineer on various orders and projects on a contract basis for various customers in Switzerland, Germany, Colombia, Venezuela, the USA and Hong Kong. In 1996, the company moved to Wiesendangen.
The Molinari team began to grow in 1999, when project support started for the retrofit of the Integral trainset for Bayerische Oberlandbahn. By 2003, the team had grown to about 20 engineers; in the same year, the company completed its conversion to a joint-stock company.
In early 2005, Molinari Rail Austria was founded in Jenbach, and the former engineering team from the Jenbach Works of Connex Verkehr was absorbed into the new company. The team then comprised about 19 long-standing, highly experienced employees.
The offices of Molinari Rail in Wiesendangen became to small over the years due to the ever growing number of employees. In February 2009, the company moved to Winterthur to Merkurstrasse 25 where the Molinari Rail AG still has its headquarters.
The team in Jenbach continued to grow over the years thanks to many exciting orders, leading to a shortage of office space at the GE Jenbacher premises. In 2013, the space situation improved dramatically when the company moved to Schwaz, about 8 km from the original site in Jenbach. First, temporary premises were rented; then on November 1, 2014, the company moved to the current location at Münchener Strasse 15 in Schwaz. Today, Molinari Rail GmbH employs about 70 engineers in Schwaz, including two apprentice.
Molinari Rail Group puts the competence centre for manufacturing, modernisation and repair into operation in Dessau, thus continuing the 125-year vehicle manufacturing tradition of the location. Formed in 2016 from “Fahrzeugtechnik Dessau FTD”, Molinari Rail GmbH has broad expertise in passenger, freight and special vehicles. With great élan, the rail specialists develop, design and produce subsystems and subassemblies for the global rail vehicle market. These include bogies, vehicle bodies, driver’s cabs, crash components, drive systems, auxiliary units and door modules, but also depot infrastructure and workshop equipment.