Bombardier Transportation said it has entered into a cooperative agreement with CSR Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd. for the production of 392 FLEXX Metro 2000 Linear Induction Motor bogies for operation on Line 6 of the Guangzhou, China, Metro Network.
The project includes both a license agreement between Bombardier and CSR Qingdao Co. for the manufacture of the bogies, as well as a sales contract with Japanese import/export company Itochu for the supply of 392 bogie kits, through which key material for the bogie production will be delivered. The two contracts together are worth $22.2 million.
Bombardier says the FLEXX Metro 2000 LIM bogie will offer “increased ecological performance in terms of energy savings, noise reductions, and lowervibration transmissions.” More than 600 similar bogies already are in use on Guangzhou Metro lines 4 and 5.
The deliveries of the bogie kits will take place between May 2011 and May 2013, involving several Bombardier production sites worldwide. The Derby, U.K. facility will be responsible for engineering and improving the bogie design. Bombardier’s Siegen, Germany, site will be in charge of project management and supply management. Bombardier’s BTRE Qingdao site in China will do qualitychecks, kit preparation, and shipment to the customer. CSR Qingdao Sifang Co. will take care of the final assembly of the bogies and of the vehicles.
Bart Vantorre, president, Bogies, Bombardier Transportation, said, “This new orderconfirms our leading expertise in bogie technology. The FLEXX Metro 2000 LIM bogie has proven its operational benefits for our customer in service. Our FLEXX portfolio enables us to meet the specific operational requirements of all our customers, whilst ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers.”