Bombardier expects new orders after high-speed train safety clearance from govt: top exec

Bombardier expects new orders after high-speed train safety clearance from govt: top exec .Canada’s Bombardier Inc expects to receive safety certification from China for its high-speed trains as early as next month, providing a springboard for more orders, the firm’s top executive in China said.

The regulatory clearance, after years of tests, means Bombardier will be able to begin delivering 80 of its CRH380D trains first ordered in 2009, worth an estimated $2 billion.

China tightened rail safety rules after 35 people died in a train crash in 2011 near the city of Wenzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province.

“In the next two weeks, by the end of next month, [the train] is expected to get the certificate. Then we will start delivery,” Bombardier China’s president, Zhang Jianwei, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

The high-speed rail sector in China has grown rapidly over the past decade after the country set out to build the world’s longest high-speed network. Bombardier, which has five joint ventures in the country, is the only foreign firm in China able to take orders for a whole high-speed train.

The expansion of its high-speed rail sector has pushed the government to merge its top two train makers, CSR Corp and CNR Corp, to create a firm able to compete internationally against the likes of Germany’s Siemens and France’s Alstom for orders.

Asked whether receiving the safety certification would generate new orders, Zhang said, “Absolutely… Frankly speaking, I cannot say too much, but I’ve already got an order.”

The CRH380D trains ordered in 2009 by China’s now defunct Ministry of Railways completed the 600,000 kilometers of test operations now required for certification last October. The trains will be delivered to the ministry’s successor, State-run network operator China Railway Corporation.

Capable of speeds of up to 380 kilometers per hour, the trains are being jointly produced with a unit of domestic train maker CSR Corp in a contract worth $4 billion in total.

CRH380D train

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