Bombardier Transportation and its joint venture partners, Power Corporation of Canada and China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry (Group) Corporation have been awarded an additional order from the Ministry of Railways of the People’s Republic of China for the delivery of 38 high-grade intercity passenger cars. This follows an order for 300 of the same cars awarded in 1999 to the joint venture, Bombardier Sifang Power (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd., by the Ministry of Railways. Deliveries of the new 17 dining cars and 21 sleeper cars, which are valued at approximately $40 million Cdn (233.6 million Chinese RMB) in total, are scheduled to start in February 2004.
The new vehicles, which can reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h, will be produced in Qingdao, Shandong province, some 650 kilometres Southeast of Beijing and will operate on the Beijing-Shanghai, Beijing-Harbin, Beijing-Guangzhou lines. To date, 82 cars from the original order have been delivered to the Ministry of Railways and are in service on the Shanghai-Hangzhou, Shanghai- Nanjing, and Shanghai-Qinhuangdao lines.
Commenting on this order, Pierre Lortie, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier Transportation, stated, “This order is clearly a testimony to the satisfaction of the Ministry of Railways as well as to the appreciation of Chinese travellers for the Bombardier cars since their introduction in January 2003.”
Bombardier Sifang Power is the first and only joint venture between a Chinese company and foreign partners to produce intercity passenger cars in China. It was established in 1998 to manufacture rail passenger cars for China, one of the world’s largest markets for intercity rail passenger vehicles, as well as for external markets.
Bombardier Transportation participates in two other joint ventures in China. The first one, Changchun Bombardier Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd. (CBRC), is dedicated to the production of metro vehicles. Three contracts have been awarded to CBRC, one by the City of Guangzhou for 156 vehicles for the city’s Line 2, one by the City of Shenzhen for 132 metro cars for Phase 1 of its metro network, and another one by the city of Shanghai for 60 additional metro cars for its metro Line 1.
The other joint venture, Bombardier-CPC Propulsion Systems Co. Ltd., is involved in the production, marketing and maintenance of propulsion equipment for rail vehicles. It is located in the city of Changzhou, some 1,000 km South of Beijing
Including its joint ventures, Bombardier Transportation currently employs approximately 1200 people in China. In addition to its rail transportation operations, Bombardier is the regional aircraft leader in China (with 27 aircraft across 6 airlines), and the leader in business jets. Bombardier’s involvement in China dates back over 20 years.
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