Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BST), a joint venture of global mobility solution provider Bombardier Transportation, announced today that it has won a second contract this year to support China’s evolving high-speed rail network. The new contract, awarded by China Railway Corp. (CRC), is to supply 168 CR400AF new Chinese standard high-speed train cars and is valued at approximately 3.1 billion CNY ($453 million US, 399 million euro). Bombardier Transportation owns 50% of the shares in BST, which is consolidated by Bombardier Transportation’s partner CRRC Sifang Co., Ltd. The 168 cars will be configured into fifteen 8-car trainsets and three 16-car trainsets with an operating speed of 350 km/h.
In September 2018, BST won its initial Chinese standard high-speed train contract and all 120 (five 8-car trainsets and five 16-car trainsets) are on schedule to be delivered by the end of this year. The on-time and quality delivery has earned the industry’s trust in BST, leading to this second order while also demonstrating the joint ventures’ efficiency and ability to compete in, and add value to high-speed rail mobility in China.
Bombardier Transportation in China is the full solution provider across the entire value chain. From vehicles and propulsion to services and design, Bombardier Transportation in China has six joint ventures, seven wholly foreign-owned enterprises, and more than 7,000 employees. Together, the joint ventures have delivered more than 4,000 railway passenger cars, 580 electric locomotives and over 2,500 metro cars, Monorail, APM (Automated People Mover), and trams to China’s growing urban mass transit markets. Through its joint ventures, Bombardier also provides propulsion and signaling systems to third party metro car builders for use in more than 30 Chinese cities.