Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Bombardier Chinese order is adjusted

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Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday its Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd., has accepted a variation order by the Chinese Ministry of Railways (MOR).

MOR has decided to "vary its original order of 80 very high speed trains from 2009 to include 70 eight-car BOMBARDIER ZEFIRO 380 trains, 46 ZEFIRO 250 stainless steel trains and 60 ZEFIRO 250NG trains," the company said. This variation offers MOR increased flexibility in delivering its passenger services. The original contract value from 2009 remains unchanged, Bombardier says.

The 70 ZEFIRO 380 trains are designed to operate at speeds of up to 380 km/h (235 mph), incorporating among other items Bombardier's Flexx Speed bogie, developed especially for this high-speed application. The trains also will be powered by the MITRAC propulsion and control system.

ZEFIRO 250 trains already are operating in various parts of China, with 1,200 cars currently in service.

Anders Lindberg, president Mainline and Metros, Bombardier Transportation, said, "This variation order supports the global strategic shift towards rail as the backbone of national transportation infrastructure. Our ZEFIRO family of high speed trains plays a crucial role in China's development of a fully interconnected transport system that eases congestion and boosts the economy."

Jianwei Zhang, president of Bombardier China, said, "China has a clear vision of the role the world's largest high speed rail network will play in supporting sustainable transportation for the 21st century. The country is selecting the most advanced technologies to build a network that offers not only high speed but also unprecedented operating efficiency, reliability, and capacity."