Russian Railways place two orders with Siemens and partners - Delivery and service contracts worth several billion euros signed
Shcherbinka, Russia / Erlangen, Germany, 2011-Sep-07
Russian Railways (RZD) have placed an order for more Desiro RUS type regional trains with Train Technologies, a joint venture of Siemens and the Russian rail manufacturer Sinara. The order, for which a preliminary contract was signed in June of this year, is for the delivery of 1,200 cars and is worth about two billion euros. RZD has also awarded Siemens a 40-year maintenance contract, effective 2013 and covering a total of 54 trains of the same type that RZD had already ordered in 2009 and 2010. This maintenance contract is worth around 500 million euros. The relevant agreements were signed by Peter Löscher, Siemens CEO, Vladimir Yakunin, RZD President, and Dmitriy Pumpyanskiy, President of the Sinara Group, at the international rail business forum "Expo 1520" in Shcherbinka near Moscow.
Starting 2013, the 1,200 cars of the Desiro RUS type regional trains ordered by RZD are to be built in the Ural Locomotives plant near Yekaterinburg, where Siemens has been manufacturing electric freight locomotives since 2010 under the terms of a joint venture. "In all, we shall be investing about 200 million euros in the Desiro production setup – in modern buildings, machine tools and personnel training," said Siemens CEO Peter Löscher. "Siemens is the most successful non-Russian supplier of railway technology in that country. By localizing production activities, we are strengthening this market position and securing our close ties with the Russian railway industry." Hans-Jörg Grundmann, CEO of Siemens Mobility Division, added, "The trains will be delivered in the period from 2015 to 2020 and deployed above all in Russia's rapidly growing metropolitan regions. This order clearly shows that conurbations are a huge growth market. Studies forecast that worldwide around five trillion euros will be invested in urban transportation systems by 2035." With the latest order for nearly 300 Desiro trains, Russia is creating the basis for modern and eco-friendly urban transportation for the future.
Siemens takes over maintenance of Russian regional trains for 40 years
The first 38 Desiro trains were ordered by RZD back in 2009. They have been in production at the Siemens plant in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany since April 2011. The first units are due to enter revenue passenger service in Sochi in autumn 2013. Another 16 were then ordered by RZD in September 2010 at the railway trade fair "InnoTrans". As of the end of 2012, this second batch of trains will be manufactured with increasing localization in Yekaterinburg. And starting in 2013, Siemens will take over the maintenance of a total of 54 vehicles for the period of 40 years. The depots in Adler near Sochi and in Moscow and also the maintenance personnel will be made available by RZD, while Siemens will be responsible, among other things, for the management of the service work, for the logistics and for the supply of spare parts.?