The quality of the rail network is one of Infrabel's main priorities. It has a direct impact on the safety and punctuality of the trains. It is for precisely this reason that we work with the very best materials and the most competent suppliers.
The Procurement Department
As a state-owned company, Infrabel is bound by the legislation in force. The procurement department ensures that this is correctly complied with. Infrabel makes its calls for tender accessible to all and prides itself on an honest and non-discriminatory policy open to all competitors.
The objectives of the Procurement Department are:
- To organise public contracts by issuing a non-discriminatory call for tender to suppliers
- To forge "win-win" partnerships between the internal client (the end user) and the supplier
- To offer internal clients suppliers that provide high-quality products and deliver within contractual periods (just in time), in order for Infrabel to organise its works according to planned schedules and in accordance with the multi-year investment plan
- To strive for competitive prices
- To improve the quality of services
- To promote innovation among suppliers within the company
- To develop sustainable procurement processes
9 procurement offices
Each department is responsible for the selection of a supplier of a given product category.
The procurement offices are:
1. Consulting and temporary workforce
Provision of services (e.g. consultancy, studies, ICT contractors,… )
- Track material (concrete, wood, rails, ballast, etc.)
- Mechanical equipment (switch points, steel fishplates, etc.)
(European Train Control System)
4. Office Furniture, Transport, Fleet and ICT-HW
- Office supplies
- Fleet (vehicles, carriage hire, etc.)
ICT-Hardware en maintenance
5. Electric Material & Energy
- Cabling and cables
- Substation equipment
- Overhead catenary materials
- Electrical energy
- Communication services
Signalling equipment (train detection equipment, light signals, electronic equipment, etc.)
8. Material Split
- Maintenance materials (paint, cleaning products, etc.)
- Building materials (wood, cement, etc.)
- Books and magazines
ICT Products (software, hardware, projects, IT consultancy, etc.)
Becoming an Infrabel supplier
It is not possible to become an Infrabel supplier straight away. As a state-owned company, Infrabel must comply with a number of different procedures.
There are three ways for you to become an Infrabel supplier:
- Register as a potential supplier. Once your registration is approved, you may be shortlisted for a non-published call for tender.
- Register your application on one of the following websites:
- If you are a supplier of strategic products or services, you can also take part in a qualification procedure. This procedure is independent of any purchase.
The quality of suppliers is assessed by the relevant department (according to the product in question) and by the special "approval" unit which is responsible for quality control.
For more information on the legislation regarding public contracts, see the federal authorities' website (French).