Vecturis provides procurement services to its subsidiaries and to external clients through its Vecturis Procurement Department (VPD) in Belgium. The opening of the VPD in 2007 was paramount in making the company more competitive, particularly to respond to the demands of international lenders.
Since then, the VPD has been developing its activities in order to meet the increasing demands of its subsidiaries and external clients. Vecturis' staff has extensive experience in railway and industrial equipment sourcing. This experience is widely recognised and valued by leading railway equipment suppliers.
Vecturis Procurement Department's current activities:
- The Procurement Management Agreements (PMA) in force cover the following railway business units: Madarail, (Madagascar); Ferrocarril del Pacifico (FDP) Colombia and SETRAG (Gabon).
Vecturis Procurement Department's Previous Activities:
- Vecturis procurement staff has extensive experience in managing procurement services in sub-Saharan railway networks such as the SCTP, former Onatra (DRC), Camrail (Cameroon) and Sitarail (Ivory Coast-Burkina Faso);
- Procurement Management Agreement with Transrail (Senegal-Mali);
- Procurement Management Assistance to external clients. For example: a PMA contract between COMILOG (Gabon) and Vecturis Procurement Department was established for a period of 2 years (buyer training, procurement delegation, item codification, etc.).
Vecturis Procurement Department scope includes:
- Manage most of the international procurement: rolling stock, track maintenance equipment;
- Acquisition of European, North-American and Asian equipment, whether new, reconditioned or second hand, as well as spare parts, spare sub-assemblies and consumables for existing equipment;
- Understand and solve cross-cultural issues that may arise.
- Provide assistance with leasing, rehabilitation and overhaul of railway equipment (locomotives, wagons, track maintenance machines, sub-assemblies), upgrading, unit exchange (UTEX), rebuilding, etc.);
- Follow up of specific projects such as, the installation of automatic level crossings, installation and commissioning of rolling stock maintenance workshops, technical assistance;
- Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for railway equipment such as rails, wheel sets, rehabilitated and overhauled equipment, etc.);
- Reorganization of the supply chain and procurement departments: inventories, codification, procurement job descriptions, etc.
- Strictly follow the procurement rules and procedures and work transparently with customers;
- Provide assistance in drafting tender documents, bills of quantities for projects, either self-funded or funded by international institutions (World Bank, European Investment Bank, AFDB, etc.); this is the only component provided to the SNCC (DRC), others being strictly restricted given possible conflicts of interest.