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  • New contract marks Alstom’s first time undertaking CR400AF heavy maintenance
  • Agreement further illustrates Alstom’s capacity to deliver integrated solutions to China’s evolving high-speed rail industry

 Alstom’s Chinese joint venture Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BST)[1] has been awarded two contracts by the China Railway Guangzhou Bureau Group Co., Ltd to provide heavy maintenance service for 592 high-speed train cars (74 trains), which were manufactured by BST for China’s evolving high-speed rail network. Together, the two contracts are valued at around 50 million euro (382 million CNY incl. VAT).

BST will provide maintenance services to China Railway Guangzhou Bureau that covers A3 maintenance (maintenance of key parts and components) for 34 CRH1A trains and  CRH1B trains, as well as 16 CR400AF fleets, in addition to performing A4 maintenance (system breakdown maintenance) for  24 CRH1A-A trains. All maintenance activities will be completed by the end of February 2022. This agreement marks BST’s entry into the CR400AF heavy maintenance field, enabling BST to develop and enhance its capacity for future CR400AF heavy maintenance projects.

We are very honoured to be awarded these two maintenance contracts and we will ensure the delivery of a high-quality maintenance service with our team’s skills and experience. The China Railway Guangzhou Bureau is a very important customer and our long-lasting and deep cooperation with Guangzhou Bureau brings win-win benefits for both parties, as well as for China’s passengers as they enjoy safe, sustainable, and reliable high-speed rail journeys. We sincerely appreciate our customer’s trust and look forward to contributing to the further development of China’s railway industry, said Jianwei Zhang, President of Alstom China.

Present in China for over 60 years, Alstom participates in the full spectrum of China’s railway projects. With the completion of Bombardier Transportation acquisition effective January 29, 2021, Alstom in China now has a complete range of rolling stock (high-speed trains, railway passenger cars, locomotives, metro, automated people movers, monorail and trams), customised services, as well as infrastructure and signalling solutions.

Alstom China has thirteen joint ventures, seven wholly foreign-owned enterprises, and over 11,000 employees. Together, the joint ventures have delivered more than 5,900 railway passenger cars, 1,530 electric locomotives, 7,194 metro cars, 536 monorail cars, 168 automated people mover cars and 191 tram cars to China’s growing rail transit market as well as to overseas markets. In China, Alstom also provides customers with a wide range of services solutions, from heavy maintenance to modernisations, and currently has 2,252 metro cars under maintenance contracts. It is a major signalling supplier to the Chinese high-speed network, and through its joint ventures, its signalling systems are utilised in 102 urban mass transit lines and its propulsion equipment are applied in 100 metro lines in Chinese cities.

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1Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. is owned at 50% by Alstom Group and is consolidated by equity-method.