Bombardier Transportation says that its Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BST), has been awarded a contract from China Railway Corp. (CRC) to supply 40 CRH1A-A high-speed train cars to the Nanning Railway Bureau. The new trains will further integrate Guangxi's regional high-speed railways into the national high-speed network. The contract for five 8-car trainsets is valued at 543M Chinese RMBs ($79M) and follows a separate contract for 144 high speed cars announced in early March. Bombardier owns 50% of the shares in BST, and the JV is controlled by BT's partner CRRC Sifang Co., Ltd. This contract is the fourteenth high speed train order that BST has been awarded since 2004. The CRH1A-A train has an operational speed of 250km/h and its aluminium carbody's design reduces weight, track wear, and aerodynamic drag. The trainsets are manufactured at Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation production facilities in Qingdao, China and feature a propulsion and control system, supplied by a separate Bombardier Chinese joint venture, Bombardier CPC Propulsion System Co., Ltd. Bombardier Transportation in China has six joint ventures, seven wholly foreign-owned enterprises, and more than 6,000 employees. Together, the joint ventures have delivered more than 3,500 railway passenger cars, 580 electric locomotives, and over 2,000 metro cars to China's urban mass transit markets.
Transportation Technology, 6 May 2017. http://tinyurl.com/k258chv