Bombardier JV to Build 160 CR400AF Train Cars for China

Bombardier Transportation’s joint venture, Bombardier Sifang Transportation Ltd (BST), has won a contract from China Railway for 160 CR400AF cars. These new Chinese-standard high-speed train cars will operate on China’s growing high-speed rail network.

The 160 cars will be put together into ten 16-car trainsets and will operate at 350km/h. In total this contract is worth 2.97 billion CNY (380 million euros | 427 million USD). Bombardier Transportation is a 50-percent shareholder of BST, its partner being CRRC Sifang Rolling Stock Co., Ltd.

CR400AF high-speed EMU
CR400AF high-speed EMU

This new contract is BST’s third one to manufacture CR400AF cars. BST won two contracts for 288 of these high-speed cars in 2018, a contract it fulfilled on time. The delivery timescale for the current order is mid-2020.

Jianwei Zhang, President, Bombardier Transportation China, said:

“We are very proud to have been chosen to supply the new generation of CR400AF cars, a high-speed railway car, through our BST joint venture. China's high-speed rail industry has become one of the nation's economic pillar industries and the high-speed network has brought greater mobility and prosperity to the public. Bombardier is proud of its contributions to China's rail industry and looks forward to delivering more of the high-quality products that are helping China meet its ambitious long-term mobility goals.”

So far, Bombardier’s Chinese joint venture is the only Sino-foreign company to have won a new Chinese-standard high-speed train contract.

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