The news of the Galland group

13 May 2024

Galland and AERO become part of the Slovenian railway electrification landscape

In December 2023, Galland achieved a significant milestone in its international development by installing its oleopneumatic tensioning device, AERO, for the first time on the Slovenian railway network.


Galland is revolutionizing its production tool

Galland is revolutionizing its production tool with the acquisition of a new Hurco Machining Center, thus marking a significant milestone in its journey of innovation and operational excellence.


Galland: Encouraging the Young Generation to Explore the World of Overhead Lines

For several years now, at Galland, we have been fully committed to supporting social and solidarity initiatives. It is with great satisfaction that we recently welcomed Micaël to our team, as part of an observation internship in partnership with the General Council of Gironde.


Transport: Decarbonization Direction

Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, stated during COP 27 in November 2022: 'We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.' GALLAND, as a responsible actor in the railway sector, is committed to addressing the challenges of ecological and energy transition.


16 January 2024

Galland at the IREE 2023 : On time for the appointment with the Indian Railways !

On account of the importance of the Indian market in its activity, Galland’s participation in the International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREE) trade fair was self-evident. The event, held in New Delhi from 12 October to 14 October, was the opportunity for our company to exhibit alongside our local partners.


Liya Huang : the strong link between Galland and China

Sales coordinator at Galland Catenary Suhzou (GCS), Liya Huang is an invaluable link between China and Galland. What’s more France is a country she knows well having obtained her Master’s degree in Bordeaux. With the Chinese market growing at top speed, Liya’s double culture and training are obvious assets for Galland.


Section insulator installation: first visit to Indonesia

During the first week in October, Axel Debias and Matthias Bec travelled to Indonesia. Their mission was to supervise the installation of a section insulator on the “Commuter Yogyarkarta Solo” network belonging to the national operator PT KERETA API INDONESIA. This long journey was of a particular nature as it was our first intervention in this dynamic market.


Corporate Social Responsibility « environment » : How can railway infrastructure minimize its impact?

On 5 October 2023 the Galland company participated in the Forum of decarbonization of the railway sector together with Mr. Nègre of the FIF (“Fédération des industries ferroviaires”) and Mr. Farandou representing French Railways (SNCF). This forum’s objective is to present the official report of the Railway sector and to demonstrate a structuring of the sector based on objectives of decarbonization.


End-of-year outing : an adventure with a maze of challenges.

Continuing a yearly tradition before the festive period, an outing with activities and a meal were organised for all of Galland’s collaborators.


25 September 2023

The MCS project : tested and approved !

Following a request by the Indian Railways, Galland  devised a modular cantilever system in aluminum with an innovative design. Presented at the Berlin Innotrans trade fair, this system proved a great success. It is currently being marketed.


Taha Alper Koçer, manager of Noviter E & C: Galland at the Eurasia Rail trade fair

Every two years since 2011, the Eurasia Rail trade fair takes place in Istanbul, Turkey. With about 7500 visitors, it is one of the main railways trade fairs of the region and a bridge between Europe and Asia for the 150 professionals who attend. It was imperative that Galland as a leader of catenary systems be present at this event. We were present from the 21 to 23 June in the person of our Turkish representative Taha Alper Koçer, manager of Noviter Engineering & Consultancy (in Ankara), a specialist in electrification and catenary systems.


Corporate Social Responsibility « environment » : Carbon Fighter forum

Last May Galland participated in the Carbon Fighter forum organized by Colas Rail. The Carbon forum Awareness of the issue has the aim of accompanying clients in their actions for the environment.


A summer feast : A table at La Goscinny

True to the image of the famous Comic book heroes Astérix and Obélix, and to respect the tradition, a banquet was prepared and served by the caterers DELICATESSEN  to mark the end of the period before the summer break.


12 May 2023

Alain Rousset enters Galland

Alain Rousset, president of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and strongly committed to the railway sector and to industrial production infrastructure, came to visit our company on 1st February of this year. He met the employees and discovered the innovations conceived by Galland. It was a significant event and was promising in terms of projects at a time when the region is looking to boost mobility by investing in rail networks.


Galland visits the tram construction site

On 1st February, on the invitation of our client Ferroway (formerly ETF), Galland’s workshop team benefited from a guided visit of the site of the extension of the tramway’s Line A, in Mérignac. An emblematic construction site of the Bordeaux metropolitan area and a beneficial feedback of experience, our operators were able to discuss the installation of our AEROs and our section insulators with the catenary installers.


Monica Lemaire : « Galland has managed the transition to an eco-responsible company”

Monica Lemaire is a well-known figure at Galland where she has worked for many years. These days she has the post of Manager of continuing improvement for the environmental section of the Supply Chain.; Her unusual trajectory reveals her great capacity for adaptation. A highly appreciated capacity in our company.


GALLAND…. a pivotal presence at the Lille trade fair

The capital of the Hauts de France region, the traditional location of the SIFER fair which brings together the companies making up the French railway scene, opened its doors to the 2023 edition over a period of three days.


12 January 2023

Galland-FerroCampus-Lycée Palissy : the future of the railways on track

As well as maintaining a partnership with the regional Cluster FerroCampus in Saintes, Galland has established a close contact with the Lycée Bernard Palissy in this same town. Objective : to accompany the pupils enrolled in the course subject option of training in the railway trades by in situ operations and the loan of Galland materials. An investment in the future ! 


Galland, 20 years at La-Lande-de-Fronsac !

Just like a train, the life of a company consists of periods of stability and phases of acceleration. The relocation of the historic workshops of Choisy-le-Roi to the present site in La-Lande-de-Fronsac in 2003 boosted production and was instrumental in the transformation of our company from a cottage industry to industrialization. This year Galland celebrates the twenty years of its installation in the Gironde region and continues to grow.


Christophe Drugmand of the Drugmand group : Galland’s representative in Belgium for the last 10 years !

At 54 Christophe Drugmand knows the trade by heart. He is the head of this family business founded in 1919 by a great grandfather and has been distributing Galland products from the “Rail Infrastructure” range of its catalogue for the last ten years. A close collaboration which allows our company to figure well on the Belgian market.  An interview in 5 questions.


3 November 2022

Nitin Jain at M/s Atlantic our trustworthy partner on the Indian market

Nitin Jain manages the Indian companies M/s Atlantic Tradelinks Pvt. Ltd. And M/s Atlantic Trade engineers LLP. This professional and his team are specialized in the manufacture of items designed for the electrification of Indian networks. In close collaboration with Galland, they are introducing our products on their market. For Nitin, distance is not an obstacle to proximity.


AERO – Installation in Bordeaux

Bordeaux Métropole has informed us of their decision to equip the line that will serve the Bordeaux Mérignac airport with our oleopneumatic tensioning device: AERO



The InnoTrans 2022 trade fair was a particularly successful one. When it is a question of exhibitions dedicated to rail transport, this event is simply THE world reference.


12 September 2022

GALLAND was present at the first InnoTrans trade fair in 1996 and in its customary manner it will be an exhibitor at the international rail trade fair INNOTRANS 2022Hall 22 Stand 350.


6 July 2022

A winning partnership between Galland and SYSTRA ACADAMIE

Our company has begun to work with the SYSTA ACADAMIE training center in Poitiers and has supplied it with educational material. Future on-site operators will leave this center having learnt their profession on GALLAND material !


GALLAND celebrates 40 years of the SI 211625

THE SI GALLAND 211625 : THE reference, THE flagship product. This year our company is celebrating the 40 years of the section isolator 211625, the first section isolator used on the French high speed railway network !


Benoit Aymard : « Working for GALLAND is self-evident »

If he had been told one day that he would join GALLAND and stay, taking on more and more responsibilities to the point of becoming deputy head of the research unit, Benoit Aymard wouldn’t have believed it. He’s not the type of person to make wildly ambitious plans. Even if a career with a major player in the manufacture of catenaries makes sense for this grandson of a train driver.


13 April 2022

JG3754, JG3757 and JG3859 Insulators

Thanks to their experience in the crimping of insulators, the GALLAND company has added three new insulators to its range. These new insulators make it possible to adapt to and be installed easily on existing and new tramway networks. These composite insulators, with stainless steel fastenings, meet the requirements of the NF EN 50119-2020-04 standards.


Christophe Ruis : « There’s a fantastic capacity of adaptation at Galland »

Christophe Ruis, 44 years old, joined the company in 2003 as a multi-faceted worker and has since moved up within the company to become production manager. He is currently in charge of planning and ordering: a position at the heart of the industrial process that requires patience, organization and rigor. A job that is perfect for this sportsman who is used to long-term challenges!


Galland 70 years later …

What could be better than a 7710-winch tensioner device conceived and designed by Maurice TREVE, founder of the company, to highlight the service offered by the GALLAND company?


19 January 2022

Galland at the SIFER Trade Fair : success all along the line !

Last October, the SIFER, the key trade fair of French rail, took up residence in Lille’s Grand Palais. Galland was present to meet prospective customers, to exchange with partners, suppliers and students, to exhibit its new products and to celebrate its 75th anniversary ! 


The Modane shield

Some historical background : In 2014 the public French-Italian promoter “Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin” (TELT) was given the responsibility of the construction of the trans-alpine rail link Lyon-Turin. The maintenance workshop Fret located in St Jean de Maurienne had to be relocated for the needs of the project. In 2017 the FRET management chose the site of Modane because it already had rail installations, service lines, a turntable and a historical rotunda consisting of 14 covered railway lines dating from 1895. The Modane railway station is an international exchange station where heavy trains weighing up to 1600 tons circulate. At least six different railway companies pass through there as well.


Dominique Pelletier : 37 years of experience at Galland

Everyone in the offices, the workshops and those getting coffee from the coffee machine all know Dominique Pelletier. Nicknamed “La Crevette” (the prawn) Dominique is part of the Galland legend : after 37 years of experience and versatility, he knows how to assemble tensioning devices as well as insulators practically blindfolded.


11 October 2021

The swiveling head steady arm… is being transformed

For reasons of electrical standards our material has to respect geometrical constraints in order to guarantee the safety regulations that must be observed. Our tramway network clients informed us and wanted to add the possibility of a multi-action adjustment tool. A requirement of the client that Galland has taken into account and is changing and transforming their swiveling head steady arm!


The OMEGA assembly : clamp and support….easy to regulate, easy to adapt !

Suspending a ROC -rigid overhead catenary (PAC – Profilé aérien de contact) is easy ! Part of the know-how of GALLAND is minimizing  its bulk


Next Level Commercial : Galland’s presence in Bulgaria

The « Next Level Commercial Ltd » company in Sofia has distributed products by Galland since 2014. For this well-respected supplier, the Galland know-how, in particular in the manufacture of the AERO tensioning device, has given a new impetus to the rail electrification in Bulgaria !  Interview with Svetoslav Atanasov, the managing director of Next Level Commercial.


7 July 2021

FIF and Ferrocampus Partnerships

FIF and Ferrocampus Partnerships : Galland expands its ecosystem. Galland is formalizing an alliance with the Federation of Railroad Industries (the FIF) and is participating in the regional project “Ferrocampus”. Focus on these 2 win-win partnerships. Read on:


A video of the « Aéro »

What could be better than an animated video to present the 10 years of an innovative product? You can see the Galland AERO in a 3D video in which the key elements of the oil-pneumatic tensioning device are detailed in a fluid and dynamic animation. Read on:


Galland’s quality control system shown to be impeccable.

Client satisfaction, which is written into our DNA, has always been a source of inspiration and a driving force at Galland. And we can certify it. Find out how:


1 May 2021

A year overshadowed by the pandemic: how has Galland fared?

#ADAPTATION #RESILIENCE #CHANGE #2021 #COVID In spite of the health crisis and the economic crisis which the pandemic has provoked across the whole world, Galland has stayed on course. In this difficult context, the company has adapted itself and reacted with agility. Interview with Dominique Bec, head of Strategy and Development.


30 April 2021

25kV Section Insulator JG3612: China’s high speed deserves French technology

#Pollution #China #Voltage #Safety #Humidity #High Speed Galland has developed the JG3612 section insulator at the request of the Chinese Railways. This insulator, designed for high speed, has a breaking load of 9450 daN and a creepage distance of 1600 mm. The JG3612 asset: air gap has been increased to 300mm to optimize its insulating capabilities and maintain its performance, even under severe environmental conditions. Compact, light and easy to install, like all the products resulting from Galland know-how.


29 April 2021

#Portrait #Christophe Khouya – General Manager

« I like to see things differently » Before taking up the position of Managing Director at Galland, Christophe Khouya led several missions abroad. He intends putting his operational experience at the service of Galland in order to make the company an international leader.


17 January 2021

#PORTRAIT #Dominique Bec, Strategy & Development Director

«It’s important to protect our image as a world leader»   At the age of 57, Dominique Bec knows the GALLAND company like the back of his hand. An active player in the successful relocation at La-Lande-de-Fronsac, in the organization of the sales department and then Production Director, he has been the Strategy and Development Director since November 2020. Galland can count on this enthusiastic ambassador to promote its image in France and abroad!


16 January 2021


Installed on tramway lines, the spring tensioning device evolves. A new version is now available under part number JG1447/104. Developed to meet the needs of a 150mm² contact wire, it ensures a mechanical tension between 1250 daN and 1750 daN for a temperature range from -20° to +50° and for a maximum canton of 120 m. Equipped with an optional graduated ruler, the X dimension can be read easily from the ground. This rule is adaptable to all GALLAND spring tensioning device, even those already installed. Its all stainless steel design, identical to the previous versions, will allow its use in high pollution environments. Installed on French networks for 30 years, our spring tensioning devices have proved their efficiency and longevity without any particular maintenance.

15 September 2020


The anchoring insulators JG3757 and JG3754 : two are better than one ! GALLAND has just developed a new range of strain insulators in two versions : simple insulation (JG3757) and double insulation (JG3754). Why two? Simply because some installations require different degrees of insulation. For example in the case of tram networks. Moreover our two insulators make it possible to substitute the existing insulating installations (for example isolating loops…).   Another specific “GALLAND” feature : we adapt the dimensions of these insulators on demand. Already installed on the French networks of Orleans and Nantes, these insulators, made in stainless steel and composite with silicone casing, tolerate all environments, even the most hostile.

12 September 2020


CIRC 2020 in Shanghai : 1st Chinese trade fair for GALLAND Postponed because of the COVID pandemic, the “China International Railway Conference for Urban & Intercity Transit” (CIRC) and the “Rail+Metro China Show” took place on 2 and 3 September in Shanghai. GALLAND Asia’s team took advantage of their first trade fair in China to bring the company and its know-how to the public’s attention and to establish as many contacts as possible.


10 September 2020

#GALLAND: writing a new chapter…

74 years ago, it was a daring decision.  But we did it. Employing 45 people and reaching a turnover of 10 million euros (70% generated from export), GALLAND is recognized for its expertise in providing solutions for the overhead lines on the railway market. This success is the result of long hours of research activity carried out by GALLAND in cooperation with its clients. I am proud to be part of this incredible 32-years journey as General Manager. Nevertheless, nothing predestined me to a career in the railway sector…


1 March 2020


Anchoring sleeve JG3479: the extra rotation! Located at the ends of the conductors, the sleeve is used to anchor contact wires and messenger wires. Galland has developed the JG3479: the only rotating sleeve on the market. Made of 316 stainless steel for its good corrosion resistance, its rotating sleeve absorbs the effects of cable twisting during installation. This new sleeve, available for French cables (BC107, BC150, Bz65 mm² and Bz116 mm²), can be available for any other type of cable.

15 January 2020


Galland has been present on the Chinese railway market for almost 30 years. In 2016, we made official the opening of a commercial structure in Suzhou, a city of 4 million inhabitants in the east of the country. Our team, which until now consisted of two people – Rémy Bouix and Jacky Bin Zhong – is being grown with the arrival of Liya Huang.   Interview with Rémi Bouix, sales manager for Asia: