Bombardier wins $2bn rail contract

Bombardier Transportation’s Chinese joint venture has been selected by the Chinese Ministry of Railways to supply 80 trains for the country’s high-speed rail network.

Bombardier Transportation’s Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation, has been selected by the Chinese Ministry of Railways (MOR) to supply 80 Zefiro 380 trains for the country’s high-speed rail network.

The contract, including 20 eight-car trainsets and 60 16-car trainsets, is valued at an estimated $4bn (£2.5bn). Bombardier’s share of the contract is estimated at $2bn. The first train is scheduled for delivery in 2012 with final deliveries expected in 2014.

The Zefiro 380 trains will be manufactured at Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation production facilities in Qingdao, China. Engineering will take place in Qingdao and at Bombardier centres in Europe with project management and components provided from sites in Europe and China.

Established in 1998, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation is a joint venture between Bombardier and CSR Sifang Locomotive and Rolling Stock, and is dedicated to supplying passenger rail rolling stock for China. Since its inception, it has delivered more than 1,000 passenger rail cars into China, including a range of high-speed trains and high-grade passenger coaches.