Train maker to work with Euro­pean coun­ter­parts

CRRC show­cases ‘transcon­ti­nen­tal train’ at the Berlin rail in­dus­try fair

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By FU JING in Berlin fu­jing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chi­nese train man­u­fac­tur­ing gi­ant CRRC Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd vowed to co­op­er­ate with ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers in Europe to “ex­plore new mar­kets” in the re­gion.

“We are quite new in ex­plor­ing over­seas op­por­tu­ni­ties, though we are grow­ing very fast and we are will­ing to co­op­er­ate with gi­ant firms in the United King­dom, France and Ger­many to ex­plore new mar­kets,” Cao Gang­cai, the group’s spokesman, told China Daily at the Berlin rail in­dus­try fair onWed­nes­day.

“Our strat­egy is grow­ing to­gether with them.”

Cao said his com­pany was show­cas­ing the “con­cept transcon­ti­nen­tal train” as well as smart trains and rail­way con­trol sys­tems at the three-day fair, at­tended by around 3,000 com­pa­nies from 60 coun­tries.

Cao said his group’s over­seas busi­ness has ex­panded rapidly in the past five years, al­though the fo­cus is still in China, mainly be­cause of the rapid growth of the na­tion’s high-speed rail­way and metro net­work.

“At this fair, which ends on Thurs­day, we want to dis­play howhigh-speed rail­ways have helped speed up China’s eco­nomic growth and trans­form the­way of life of or­di­naryChi­nese peo­ple,” said Cao.

Cao said the two-deck transcon­ti­nen­tal train, which com­bines pas­sen­gers and freight, is still a con­cept.

“We of­fer this con­cept, try­ing to in­crease the aware­ness of con­nec­tiv­ity,” said Cao. “But the ob­sta­cles, such as tech­ni­cal stan­dards, still ex­ist.”

How­ever, he said this con­cept train at­tracted a lot of at­ten­tion from vis­i­tors to the fair.

While ac­cel­er­at­ing the ex­pan­sion of its do­mes­tic rail­way net­work, China has also in­creased ex­ports of its tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion in re­cent years, partly within the frame­work of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, in which China aims to link south­ern Asian coun­tries andRus­sia by reg­u­lar or high-speed rail­way.

China Rail­way Group has taken lead in terms of high­speed rail­way co­op­er­a­tion in for­eign coun­tries, and Cao’s com­pany would nor­mally be­come part of a deal when a bid is sub­mit­ted.

He wouldn’t com­ment on the progress of Lon­don-Birm­ing­ham high-speed rail­way project as China Rail­way Group would play a piv­otal role in any bid­ding process.

But Cao said his group’s over­all ex­port strat­egy will grow and ex­pand with its Euro­pean coun­ter­parts. “We can set up joint re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­ters and seek new op­por­tu­ni­ties in other coun­tries,” he said.

So far, Cao’s group has set up just un­der 100 over­seas branches and 11 re­search cen­ters.

“We de­sire to show that by work­ing to­gether and im­prov­ing con­nec­tiv­ity, we can turn more mar­ket po­ten­tials into re­al­ity put cut­tingedge tech­nolo­gies into use,” said Cao

We of­fer this con­cept, try­ing to in­crease the aware­ness of con­nec­tiv­ity.”

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Vis­i­tors ex­am­ine a CRRC transcon­ti­nen­tal train model at the In­noTrans 2016, the largest rail in­dus­try event in the world, which opened in Berlin on Tues­day.

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