Monday, November 16, 2009

GE Transportation, China’s CSR Qishuya sign accord

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Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation announced Monday that it has reached an agreement with CSR Qishuyan Locomotive Co., Ltd., based in Beijing, to provide 300 locomotive assemblies for China HXN5 Mainline locomotives produced by CSR Qishuyan with Evolution® Series diesel engines.

GE said the agreement helps to sustain close to 1,200 high-tech jobs in the U.S. The announcement was made as part of "GE's Clean Technology Week in China" activities.

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GE Transportation, a subsidiary of Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric Co., said the agreement follows an order of 300 Evolution Series China Mainline Locomotives originally placed in 2005. According to the agreement, GE Transportation will supply 300 locomotive assemblies that will be manufactured in Erie and Grove City, Pa., and shipped to China. The assemblies contain key components of the diesel engines and locomotive control systems that will be built into Evolution Series China Mainline locomotives assembled in China.

The first batch of the locomotive assemblies is scheduled for delivery at the beginning of 2010.

Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO of GE Transportation, said, “China has been a vital partner to GE Transportation’s growth for close to 30 years.  We are looking forward to building on our mutually beneficial company-to-country partnership.”

“GE Transportation’s rail technology is an integral part of China’s sustainable infrastructure development and increases China’s usage of the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly locomotives in its fleet,” said Tim Schweikert,  president of GE Transportation China.  “China’s Ministry of Railways sought a product that would significantly improve hauling capability and running speed on the China Mainline, while at the same time reduce emissions to meet increasingly rigorous environmental requirements. GE’s Evolution Series met those requirements.”

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GE Transportation says of the 300 6,250-horsepower Evolution Series HXN5 China Mainline Locomotives ordered in 2005, more than 100, assembled within China by CSR Qishuyan, already have been placed in revenue service.

The locomotive assemblies are based on GE’s Evolution technology, the result of an eight-year, $400 million development effort to produce technologically advanced, fuel-efficient, and low emissions diesel-electric, heavy-haul locomotives. Close to 3,500 Evolution Locomotives are operating in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Egypt.