China orders metro cars

Changchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles has today received a $20 million order from the Guangzhou Metro Corporation for the supply of 48 MOVIA metro cars.

Changchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles, a Bombardier joint venture, has received an additional order from the Guangzhou Metro Corporation for the supply of 48 MOVIA metro cars comprising eight six-car trainsets.

The order is worth $71 million (56 million Euros), with Bombardier’s share valued at approximately $20 million (16 million Euros). The vehicles will be used on Metro Guangzhou’s lines 1 and 2.

Following the Chinese localisation policy, the trains will be built at the CBRC plant in Changchun in Northern China. Bombardier will supply part of the bogies and propulsion and control system from its facilities in Europe. The engineering and project management will be undertaken by Bombardier in Hennigsdorf, Germany. Deliveries are scheduled to take place from the first half of 2006 until end of 2006.

The 140-metre long trains feature IGBT propulsion, microprocessor train control, high-power air conditioning and extensive passenger information systems.

This order is the second one for Bombardier in China in less than a month. On October 15, Bombardier and its joint venture Bombardier Sifang Power (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BSP) received an order for 20 eight-car high-speed trainsets from the Ministry of Railways of China.