New Contracts Gaining Momentum, Innovative Rolling Stocks to be Developed

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With focus on innovation, the new contracts have been rolling out for rolling stocks to offer convenience, safety, and environmental benefits.

Innovation has become a crucial part of building rolling stocks with changing climate conditions and need to offer better comfort to passengers. Lightweight nature and sustainability have become two crucial areas of focus for manufacturers. They have been gaining contracts in various parts of the world and implementing various strategies to gain success. The innovation is focused on building a lightweight structure and less power consumption capabilities. The market for rolling stocks is booming with the need to replace the existing infrastructure or build new, sustainable infrastructure. According to a Portland Based research firm, the market for rolling stocks is expected to generate $73.8 billion by 2026.

The following are some of the activities taking place across the world.

Gaining new contracts is a major strategy of manufacturers to gain major share in the market along with gaining an international presence. Stradler, a rail manufacturer from Switzerland, gained a contract of €165m ($182m) from Taiwan Railway Administration for the supply of 34 diesel-electric locomotives. In Taiwan, these will be implemented on the 1,067mm narrow-gauge network. They will be utilized for passenger and freight use. A 2,700hp Cummins engine will supply power to six-axle locomotives. These trains have the capability to run at a maximum speed of 120km/h. The company highlighted that the trains will be built according to the climate of Taiwan, in which the temperature goes as high as 45˚C and humidity reaches up to 100%. Thomas Ahlburg, the CEO of Stadler group outlined that the company won its first contract to supply rolling stocks series in Asia. These locomotives will be utilized in mountainous topography and extreme weather conditions. Stadler has been building rail vehicles related to specific challenges of weather. With a combination of its abilities of lightweight and environmentally-friendly locomotives, the company aims for success in Taiwan.

Riding on the wave of acquiring new contracts, Alstom, one of the leading manufacturers of rolling stocks, signed a deal with Barcelona Metro operator TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) for the supply of 42 Metropolis trains for replacement of trains that are running on lines 1 and 3 of the network. The deal is of €260 million, which includes manufacturing, design, and commissioning of 42 metropolis trains. As per the plan, five-car trains will be built by Alstom in Barcelona and will be delivered to TMB within the next two and a half years. Gian Luca Erbacci, the Senior Vice President, at Alstom in Europe, highlighted that the innovation capabilities and expertise will support the plan to modernize Barcelona Metro. It carries nearly 400 million passengers every year. With new trains, the company aims to help TMB in the development of efficient and sustainable mobility that caters to current and future needs of passengers.

The new trains will meet the sustainability criteria including low energy consumption, light structure, recyclability, technical reliability, and ease in maintenance. There will be remote sensors in these trains for ensuring optimal maintenance. These new Metropolis trains (rolling stock) will be developed with consideration of the comfort of passengers along with providing wide doors and spaces, accessibility, vibration mitigation, acoustic comfort, and passenger information in real-time.

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