Wabtec, which is currently exhibiting at IREE 2019 in India, says its factory has completed one year of manufacturing and it is on track to roll out its 100th India-made locomotive.
At IREE 2017 GE Transportation – which is now a Wabtec company – announced that its first 4500 hp locomotive had arrived at Mundra Port. Now there are 135 of these locomotives in active service for Indian Railways. 85 of them were fully manufactured in India with almost 70 percent local content.
Wabtec’s 6000 hp diesel-electric locomotive – the first of its kind in India – is currently undergoing testing on Indian Railways track. It will shortly enter revenue service.
The workforce at the Marhowra factory comprises 75 percent men and 25 percent women. Together with international and local suppliers, Wabtec says it has created an integrated ecosystem, allowing it to ramp up local manufacturing quickly, thereby creating more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs across India.
The Roza maintenance shed has completed the regular maintenance of 100 locomotives. Furthermore, it has trained in excess of 1800 Indian Railways locomotive pilots via the company’s training institute. The service team, together with Wabtec’s real-time monitoring and diagnostic centre at Roza, works to keep Indian Railways locomotives reliable.
“The team's passion for these locomotives and determination to meet project deliverables is unmatched, as demonstrated by the result we've seen so far.
“We are proud to receive positive feedback on the overall experience of our locomotives from the loco pilots themselves, including ease of operation, ergonomic comfort, improved visibility and enhanced tractive effort. This excites us even more as we approach the next milestones for the project.”
Wabtec’s community outreach programmes have fostered vocational training and equality in education. More than 250 female entrepreneurs have developed skills as a result.
“As Wabtec continues to integrate as one company, we look forward to the meaningful impact we can have on India’s future economic development.”
Wabtec Corporation is exhibiting at the International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREE) 2019 in hall no. 2, stall 47.
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