Al­stom makes Sric­ity fa­cil­ity its global man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tre

Financial Chronicle - - MISCELLANY - SANGEETHA G

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL or­ders for me­trop­o­lis train sets have lifted Sric­ity fa­cil­ity, 75 km off Chen­nai, as a global man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tre of French com­pany Al­stom. After de­liv­er­ing Syd­ney or­ders, Al­stom is now be­gin­ning to work on light metro project of Mon­treal.

The Sric­ity fa­cil­ity was mainly meant for meet­ing the fast grow­ing de­mand from metro rail pro­jects in dif­fer­ent cities in In­dia. While the de­mand is ro­bust, the fa­cil­ity is also bag­ging in­ter­na­tional or­ders.

The fa­cil­ity has bagged its sec­ond in­ter­na­tional or­der from Mon­treal metro project. The or­der is to pro­vide 212 cars for a to­tal value of 1.4 bil­lion eu­ros. Pro­duc­tion will be­gin from early 2019.

The fa­cil­ity has de­liv­ered the last of the 22 Me­trop­o­lis trains for Syd­ney Metro. The on-time de­liv­ery has es­tab­lished Al­stom’s Sric­ity site as the one of the group’s global man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tres of ex­cel­lence for rolling stock, the com­pany said. Al­stom had won a con­tract to de­liver 22 six-car train sets as well as the CBTC sig­nalling sys­tem, for North West Rail Link, Aus­tralia’s big­gest pub­lic trans­port project and first fully-au­to­mated metro net­work in 2014. The to­tal value of the or­der was 280 mil­lion eu­ros.

“We firmly be­lieve in In­dia’s role as a man­u­fac­tur­ing and en­gi­neer­ing hub for in­ter­na­tional mar­kets,” said Ling Fang, Al­stom Se­nior vice pres­i­dent, Asia Pa­cific.

The train sets de­signed for Syd­ney is based on the in­ter­na­tion­ally proven Me­trop­o­lis train plat­form.

“Al­stom is lever­ag­ing its high cal­i­bre In­dian ta­lent pool to en­gage with new cus­tomers and ex­plore high-po­ten­tial mar­kets. All these fac­tors es­tab­lish our so­lu­tions as a bench­mark tech­ni­cally, eco­nom­i­cally and en­vi­ron­men­tally for mo­bil­ity in In­dia and Asia Pa­cific,” said Alain Spohr, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for In­dia.

Al­stom’s Sric­ity fa­cil­ity be­gan pro­duc­tion in 2014. With an an­nual pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 240 cars, the site has also de­liv­ered met­ros for the cities of Chen­nai, Kochi and Lucknow. In 2011, Al­stom re­ceived the Rs 1,471 crore or­der for the sup­ply of 168 metro coaches (42 train sets of 4 cars each) for the Chen­nai Metro. For the Mum­bai metro it re­ceived an or­der worth Rs 2,500 crore in June 2018. It will de­liver 31 train sets of 8 cars each (to­tal 248 metro cars) for Mum­bai project and the pro­duc­tion be­gin­ning next year will be com­pleted in about five years.

For Kochi, Al­stom first se­cured a con­tract worth 85 mil­lion euro to sup­ply 75 stan­dard gauge metro cars and the de­liv­ery started in 2016. It re­ceived ad­di­tional con­tracts worth 65 mil­lion euro or Rs 500 crore in 2015 to sup­ply sig­nal­ing, tele­com and elec­tri­fi­ca­tion so­lu­tion.

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