China State Railway Group awarded Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BST), Bombardier Transportation’s Chinese joint venture, a contract for the supply of 16 new Chinese standard high-speed train CR400AF cars which will be delivered by the end of June 2021.
EUR 38 million is the total value of the contract comprising the delivery of two 8-car trains with an operating speed of 350 km/h. Bombardier Transportation owns 50 per cent of the shares in BST, which is consolidated by Bombardier Transportation’s partner CRRC Sifang Rolling Stock Co., Ltd.
BST was first chosen to supply the new Chinese standard high-speed train cars in 2018, and since then has delivered a total of 448, 350 km/h CR400AF and CR400AF-A cars.
In November, Bombardier Sifang Transportation was awarded an order to supply 112 CR300AF train cars to China Railway, and now BST has been awarded the second order to supply 16 CR400AF train cars in a short period of time. “We thank China Railways’ trust and support for awarding this repeated order within two months, and we appreciate very much our China team’s tremendous efforts and excellent performance in delivering the state-of-art trains at quality, within budget and on time despite the challenge of COVID-19. We are confident in keeping our excellent performance in 2021 and sustainable success in China,” said Jianwei Zhang, the president of Bombardier Transportation China.
At the beginning of 2020, the Chinese railway operator has ordered ten 16-car trainsets (160 CR400AF cars) operating at 350 km/h. In January, the national operator has signed a contract with BST to provide maintenance services for a fleet of 656 high-speed train cars.
Bombardier Transportation in China has seven joint ventures, six wholly foreign-owned enterprises, and more than 8,000 employees. Together, the joint ventures have delivered 4,700 railway passenger cars, 580 electric locomotives and over 3,000 metro cars, Monorail, APM and trams to China.