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Stobart Rail & Civils rescued by Bavaria Industries Group

Stobart Group has announced that Bavaria Industries Group (Bavaria) has assumed ownership of Stobart Rail & Civils.

The Group had stated in its financial results for the year ended 29 February 2020, that it would withdraw from the Rail & Civils business. David Shearer, non-executive chairman, said in his report: “The Rail & Civils business was impacted by continuing costs on a legacy contract which necessitated a further provision in the year. This business is unlikely to generate the appropriate returns for shareholders given the risks and we have decided to withdraw from this sector during the course of FY21.”

Now Bavaria, a family holding company that owns majority interests in companies showing clear potential for improvement or facing new challenges, has acquired the shares of Stobart Rail & Civils and will continue to run the it on a “business as usual” basis, with Bavaria acquiring all of the company’s assets, liabilities, and obligations.

Bavaria will provide financial support to Stobart Rail & Civils as it works toward returning to profitability. Under a three-month Transitional Service Agreement, Stobart Group will continue to provide certain back office services in the immediate term i.e. IT support, Payroll.

A spokesman from Bavaria commented: ““We’re really excited about working together and hope that being free from the large Corporate Parent will release the teams entrepreneurial flair!”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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