Bombardier Sifang Awarded Fourth Contract for 40 Additional CRH1 High-Speed Trains in China

The new version of the CRH1 incorporates new features, further improving passenger comfort

Bombardier Transportation announced today that its Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BST), has received an order for 40 additional CRH1 high-speed trainsets from the Chinese Ministry of Railways (MOR) valued at approximately 5.2 billion CNY (591 million euros, $761 million US) [1]. Bombardier’s share of the contract is valued at approximately 2.5 billion CNY (289 million euros, $373 million US) [1]. BST is a joint venture between Bombardier and CSR Sifang Rolling Stock Co., Ltd..

Each of the new trainsets, consisting of 8 cars can carry a total of 604 passengers with a maximum speed of 250 km/h. Deliveries of the additional cars will begin in September 2010 and will be completed by the end of May 2011. With this additional order, a total of 1280 CRH1 cars for operational speed up to 250km/h have been ordered from Bombardier Sifang in China so far.

This order complements the largest single order for rail passenger cars placed at one time in Chinese rail history and corroborates the success of the CRH1 – also member of the BOMBARDIER ZEFIRO high and very high-speed family. Amongst other additional features, the new CRH1 trains have been enhanced with a dedicated VIP car incorporating 1st class seating.

Stéphane Rambaud Measson, President, Passengers Division, Bombardier Transportation commented : “This contract further demonstrates  the high levels of confidence the Chinese Ministry of Railways places  in Bombardier and BST. The company’s technological expertise and proven capabilities in the international rail industry will go a long way in our endeavor to build a strong local industry in China, which is already well on its way to successful completion of our present orders.”

Jianwei Zhang, President and Chief Country Representative, Bombardier China, further confirmed Bombardier’s commitment to the market in China. He said: “The Chinese market represents a tremendous opportunity to us where we have been able to succeed by offering innovative and highly reliable products as well as by establishing local roots. Today, Bombardier holds a top level presence in this exciting market and we are committed to continue supporting our customers in China”.

Bombardier in China
Including its three joint ventures, Bombardier currently employs over 4,000 people in China. In addition to its rail transportation operations, Bombardier is also one of the major suppliers  to the Chinese regional aircraft market with an installed base of more than 30 aircraft in operation with six airlines. It is the top-ranked supplier of business aircraft to China as well. Bombardier’s longstanding business relationship with China began 50 years ago. A detailed overview of Bombardier’s presence in China is available at :

Bombardier Recent Rail Contracts in China
Other recent contracts awarded to Bombardier and its Chinese partners:

  • ERTMS Level2 onboard automatic train protection signalling equipment for 66 WuGuang cabs (January 2010)
  • 246 metro cars for Shanghai Metro Line 12 (December 2009)
  • 80 ZEFIRO 380 very high speed trains for the Ministry of Railways (September 2009)
  • 40 high-speed, electric trains for the Ministry of Railways (October 2007)
  • Signalling system for high-speed rail line between Wuhan and Guangzhou (August 2007)
  • Automated People Mover System for the City of Guangzhou (May 2007)
  • 192 metro cars and propulsion and controls equipment for Shanghai Metro Line 7 to Shanghai Shentong Co. (May 2007)
  • 500 electric freight locomotives for the Ministry of Railways (February 2007)
  • 306 metro cars and BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion and controls equipment for Shanghai Metro Line 9 (November 2006)
  • MITRAC propulsion and controls equipment for 192 cars on Beijing Metro Line 4 (July 2006)
  • 40 automated rail cars for Beijing Capital International Airport Link (March 2006)
  • 361 high altitude cars for Ministry of Railways to be used on Tibet line (February 2005)

About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. 

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010, were $19.4 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at

Photo : CRH1 High-Speed Train for MOR

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[1] Total amount stated includes Chinese VAT; Bombardier’s share stated excludes Chinese VAT