China: Bombardier Partner CSR Puzhen Presents First Low-Floor Tram for China

April 11, 2014
The first vehicle built under the license agreement was presented in Nanjing to the customer from the city of Suzhou.

The roll-out for the first tram produced under a 10-year-license agreement was held at the Nanjing manufacturing site of CSR Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Co. Ltd. (CSR Puzhen). This is the first vehicle manufactured under the technology license agreement signed in July 2012 between rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation and CSR Puzhen.

Bombardier partner CSR Puzhen, a subsidiary of China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corp. Ltd., won an order for 18 low-floor trams for the city of Suzhou. CSR Puzhen is building the trams based on Bombardier's Flexity 2 technology at its site in Nanjing. Bombardier has developed the vehicle design, provides training and delivers on-site support. The tram is equipped with Bombardier Flexx Urban 3000 bogies and Bombardier Mitrac propulsion technology.

Jianwei Zhang, president of Bombardier China, said, "We are proud to be part of this milestone and look forward to seeing Suzhou become a benchmark in modern tramway operation in China. As the world market leader in trams, Bombardier is the ideal partner to introduce this technology in China successfully."

Suzhou New District Tram Co. Ltd. (SND) will operate the trams within the Suzhou new and high-tech industrial development zone, a "greenfield" satellite city within Suzhou municipality. Suzhou is a city of 11 million people located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province, close to Shanghai.