Bombardier Transportation today announced that together with New United Group (NU) it has signed a contract with Beijing MTR Construction Administration Corp. for the supply of Bombardier Mitrac propulsion equipment.
Bombardier will supply engineering, manufacturing, testing, commissioning and maintenance as well as initial propulsion spare parts for the new metro trains, which will be built by CNR Changchun Rail Vehicles Co. Ltd and CSR Sifang Co. Ltd. The total value of the contract is approximately 469 million Chinese Renminbi (56 million euro, $74 million US), with Bombardier's share valued at approximately 208 million Chinese Renminbi (25 million euro, $33 million US). The propulsion equipment will be delivered from Bombardier's production facilities in Västerås, Sweden and Changzhou, China.
The new metro cars for Beijing Metro Line 14 offer greater capacity and passenger comfort than the ones currently operating in the city. The project marks one of the largest single bids in China for metro propulsion systems. With a total length of 47.3 km, Line 14 is the longest metro line in Beijing and is expected to go into service by the end of 2014.
"Bombardier has a strong track record in China, and the supply of propulsion equipment for Beijing Metro is a further endorsement of the trust in our products," said Per Allmer, president Propulsion and Controls, Bombardier Transportation. "Our highly reliable and sophisticated Mitrac propulsion equiment for Beijing Metro will play a vital role in further developing China's important public transportation rail infrastructure."
Jianwei Zhang, president and chief country representative of Bombardier China, said: "This order re-confirms the leading position of Mitrac propulsion equipment in the Chinese market, where we offer a complete range of reliable electrical equipment for applications from metro vehicles to locomotives and high speed as well as very high speed EMUs."