Bombardier Transportation has announced today that in consortium with its new joint-venture partner, CSR Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems Ltd., it has received an order from the Shanghai Shentong Metro Co. Ltd for a turnkey metro system in the city. The total value of the deal is 808 million Chinese Renminbi (US$130m, €114m) and will see a new 6.6km line with six stations added to the Shanghai Metro Line 8 for opening date of December 2017. The contract includes delivery of 44 INNOVIA APM vehicles equipped with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) system as well as the Operations Control Centre. This is the first contract for CSR Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems which was established in 2014 and all of the vehicles will be manufactured in China. (Picture Courtesy of Bombardier).
Dr. Jianwei Zhang, President of Bombardier China, said on the announcement of the deal; “Bombardier’s growing success is based on consistent market focus and an innovative product portfolio that is well-suited to the country’s vibrant transit sector. We offer one of the world’s broadest product portfolios, which is demonstrated by the scope of contracts we have for high-speed trains, locomotives, propulsion equipment, commuter trains, automated transit systems, metro cars, signalling systems and other products. China is a priority market, and our focus continues to show results.”
Bombardier has already supplied its INNOVIA APM technology to China with two systems in operation. The first was in 2008, when Bombardier delivered a 2km APM system at Beijing Capital International Airport in support of the Beijing Olympic Games. Afterwards, Bombardier delivered China’s first urban APM system in the city of Guangzhou in 2010.
In February of this year Bombardier Transportation and the New United Group (NUG) have established a new joint venture (JV) for signalling and rail control in China. Each company will have a 50% share in the new venture, and is known as Bombardier NUG Signalling Solutions Company Limited.
Editor’s View: With China’s largest train manufacturers, the state-owned CSR Corporation and China CNR, having merged to form CRRC Corporation a new super-power in the industy the traditional players have been forced to react. Bombardier’s new Chinese Joint-Venture is an indication that the traditional giants in the industry, allied with smaller Chinese players are not prepared to accept CRRC domination quite yet.