China orders 20 high-speed trains

Bombardier and two joint venture partners have recently received a $424 million order from the Ministry of Railways of China to produce and deliver 20 eight-car high-speed trains.

Bombardier and two of its joint venture partners have recently received a $424 million order from the Ministry of Railways of China to produce and deliver 20 eight-car high-speed trains.

The contract is worth $263 million to Bombardier. The remainder will be divided between Power Corporation of Canada and China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry (Group) Corp, Bombardier’s joint venture partners. The three companies own Bombardier Sifang Power (BSP), which won the contract.

The trains, which Bombardier says can reach a maximum speed of 200 km/h, will be designed by Bombardier in Vasteras, Sweden. Bombardier will manufacture the bogies in Siegen, Germany and will provide part of the propulsion from its site in Vasteras. The carbody production and final assembly will be undertaken in China under BSP’s responsibility.

Deliveries are scheduled to take place from July 2006 to July 2007.

“Through its participation in a number of challenging railway projects in China, Bombardier has gained a great understanding of the specific needs of the Chinese railway market,” commented Olof Persson, President, Mainline & Metros, Bombardier Transportation. “I am very pleased that we can now transfer our high speed train knowledge and expertise to the mainline network in China.”

In addition to BSP, Bombardier participates in two other joint ventures in China. The first, Changchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles (CBRC), is dedicated to the production of metro vehicles. The second joint venture, Bombardier-CPC Propulsion Systems, is involved in the production, marketing and maintenance of propulsion equipment for rail vehicles.