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A new collaboration in Singapore pledges to improve rail repairs and maintenance.

Posted by Emily O'Dowd on May 1, 2017

Singapore’s rail iLTA.jpgnfrastructure is about to see a revamp. Plans have been outlined to double the country’s rail network by 2030 along with the construction of new rail lines. Over the next few years, passengers can expect to see new trains and the upgrading of existing ones to improve service and provide shorter journey times. Singapore’s government is dedicated to spend more than $4 billion to renew, upgrade and expand Singapore’s existing rail infrastructure within the next five years. This is in addition to the $20 billion that will be used on new rail lines during the same period. SBS Transit and ST Kinetics have entered into a strategic partnership by way of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate and strengthen maintenance and engineering capabilities for rail operations in Singapore. The signed document marks the start of a strategic partnership between the two companies to test, repair and maintain rail operations.

"We look forward to working with SBS Transit, a leading rail operator in Singapore, and leveraging collective capabilities to contribute to Singapore’s fast growing rail network."

The partners will collaborate on the use of automation and robotics solutions to improve operational productivity and efficiency. The MOU also covers data analytics among others to further improve the resilience of SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) infrastructure.

Gan Juay Kiat, CEO, SBS Transit said: “This collaboration will help us deepen our capabilities in rail repairs and maintenance. We are always looking at new and innovative ways to further improve rail reliability and provide our commuters with a robust system.”

Following from the MOU, the first agreement was signed today in which ST Kinetics will provide expertise and services to refurbish electronics components that are used in SBS Transit’s trains on the North East Line as well as the Light Rail Vehicles on the Sengkang-Punggol Light Rail Transit systems.

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“This partnership with SBS Transit marks ST Kinetics’ entry into rail MRO and engineering. While we are new to the rail segment, we are an experienced and established player, having built up a strong engineering base in design and development of various platforms, through-life management and systems integration for 50 years,” said Dr Lee, President of ST Kinetics. “We look forward to working with SBS Transit, a leading rail operator in Singapore, and leveraging collective capabilities to contribute to Singapore’s fast growing rail network,” he added.

ST Kinetics has signed an initial agreement following the MoU to refurbish electronics components, which are used in SBS Transit’s trains operating on the North East Line and the light rail vehicles on the Sengkang-Punggol light rail transit systems.

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