Dalian com­pany rar­ing to ex­port­metro rail prod­ucts

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By ZHANG XIAOMIN in Dalian, Liaon­ing zhangx­i­aomin@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

New types of metro rail rakes man­u­fac­tured by CRRC Corp Ltd, China’s largest rail trans­porta­tion equip­ment maker, are in op­er­a­tion in Izmir, Tur­key.

With a de­sign speed of 80 km per hour and a max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 1,286 pas­sen­gers, the rakes mark a 19-km metro line in the port city in west­ern Tur­key.

“This is the first time that China’s metro rail prod­ucts have en­tered the Euro­pean mar­ket,” said Wu Tao, vice chief-en­gi­neer of CRRC Dalian R&D Co Ltd, and project man­ager in charge of the trains’ elec­tric trac­tion and con­trol sys­tem.

At the be­gin­ning of last year, CRRC Tang­shan Co Ltd re­ceived an or­der for 19 rakes with 95 cars from IzmirMetro.

The trac­tion and con­trol sys­tem, known as the heart and brain of the trains, are de­vel­oped and man­u­fac­tured in­de­pen­dently by CRRC Dalian R&D Co Ltd in Dalian, North­east China’s Liaon­ing province.

“As our first big project in the de­vel­oped mar­ket, it lays a solid foun­da­tion for our fu­ture development,” saidWu.

He said the re­searchers made two tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tions in the trains for Izmir. One, the event record­ing sys­tem with the same level of pro­tec­tion as black box of air­craft; two, the wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion sup­port sys­tem that en­sures seam­less con­nec­tion be­tween the train and ground con­trol.

Wu said the com­pany has more than 20 lab­o­ra­to­ries, in­clud­ing a key na­tional lab for trac­tion and con­trol.

Cur­rently, it owns more than 700 tech­ni­cal patents. A large num­ber of them have been widely ap­plied in the man­u­fac­ture of lo­co­mo­tives, elec­tric mul­ti­ple units and com­muter rail sys­tems.

In Au­gust, the first two of 232 trains with en­gines — the largest overseas or­der for China’s diesel lo­co­mo­tives with trains — were de­liv­ered to South Africa.

CRRC Dalian R&D sup­plied the elec­tric trac­tion and con­trol sys­tems for the or­der.

In ad­di­tion to Tur­key and South Africa, the com­pany has sup­plied trac­tion and con­trol sys­tems for lo­co­mo­tives and com­muter trains to In­dia, Ar­gentina, the Philip­pines, Ghana and Iran, said Wu.

“We are ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in global co­op­er­a­tion, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the boom­ing development in the rail tran­sit sec­tor in the world,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Wu, CRRC Dalian R&D Co Ltd will con­tinue to co­op­er­ate with train man­u­fac­tur­ers in 2017 to sup­ply trac­tion and con­trol sys­tem for trams, diesel rail­car trains, ligh­trail­way trains, and sub­way trains that will be ex­ported to Ethiopia, An­gola, Kaza­khstan and In­dia.

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