Alstom in China

Alstom has been present in China for almost 60 years. It is one of the first western companies, which started business in China, much earlier than the diplomatic relationship between China and France (1964). Alstom won its first railway project in 1958, supplying 25 locomotives to Baocheng Line, the first electrified railway in China. Since then, Alstom has been participating in a full range of railway projects in China, including metro, high speed trains, locomotives and tramway. 

To respond to the rapid development of the Chinese railway system, Alstom has had a long-standing commitment to serving Chinese national and urban rail transport markets with its efficient, reliable sustainable and “made in China” solutions. It has established five joint ventures in China to strengthen its localization. They are: 

  • CASCO Signal Ltd., the first joint venture in Chinese railway market, established by Alstom and China Railway Signal & Communication Corporation in 1986. Its major scope is to provide signalling systems and services for metros and mainlines.
  • SATEE (Shanghai Alstom Transport Electric Equipment Co., Ltd.) was established in 1999 by Alstom and Shanghai Electric Group, supplying traction system and equipment to urban transport solutions.
  • SATCO (Shanghai Alstom Transport Co., Ltd.) was established in 1999 by Alstom and Shanghai Electric Group., focusing on assembly and maintenance of vehicles.
  • Qingdao Alstom Railway Equipment Co., Ltd. was established in 1999 by Alstom and Sifang Rolling Stock Institute, working on production, maintenance and services of dampers. 
  • Xi’an Alstom Yongji Electric Equipment Co., Ltd. was established in 2006 by Alstom and CNR Yongji Electric Machine Factory (now CRRC). It manufactures and sells motor equipment and components for different rolling stocks. 

After China’s Open Reform in 1978, Alstom opened its representative office in Beijing in 1979. So far, Alstom has one 100% owned company, Alstom Investment (Shanghai) Ltd. Co, which has offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu, covering different markets. Alstom has a total number of about 1500 employees in its 100% owned company and five joint ventures. 

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Alstom has supplied of its complete product portfolio in China, from locomotives (since 1958), EMU high speed train (since 2004) to Metropolis (since 1999) and tramways (since 2015), from signalling solutions to components and services. 


The first railway contract Alstom won in 1958 was a locomotive contract, supplying 25 locomotives to Baocheng Line, the first electrified railway in China. Since then, Alstom has supported its partners and customers to build over 950 locomotives in China, including 150 “8K” double BoBo locomotives in 1980s, 500 Coco (Prima T6) and 180 double-Bobo (Prima T8) in the recent decade. “8K” locomotive has attracted a large number of admirers in China, being regarded as one of the best locomotives in China with great performance and reliability.

High-speed trains

In 2004, in the context of Chinese “introducing, digesting, absorbing, and re-innovation of advanced technology from foreign suppliers” policy, Alstom won its first high speed train project in China, supporting Changchun Railway Vehicles Company to develop high speed trains (CRH5) platform. So far, around 200 high speed trains have been built in China with Alstom’s technology. Alstom continues supplying core components and repair parts to high speed trains in China nowadays.


Alstom has been supplying rolling stock for metro lines in China since 1999. So far, Alstom has supplied 1678 metro cars for 9 lines in Shanghai and Nanjing. No wadays, Alstom is one of the top three suppliers for traction system to metro cars in China via its JV SATEE, which has supplied about 3300 traction systems to metro cars in China. OptONIX is the traction system Alstom developed specifically for China market in 2009. Alstom’s other JV, XAYEECO in Xi’An, supplies motors to all traction systems manufactured by SATEE. 


Alstom is also the leader in signalling solutions for metro lines in China via its JV, CASCO, which has equipped signalling systems for 28 metro lines in operation in 11 cities with a total length of 910km in China. At the same time, it has provided control centers for more than 70 passenger-dedicated lines, including Beijing-Shanghai Express Railway and Guangzhou - Zhuhai Intercity Railway. After the GE integration in November 2015, Alstom won its first signalling contract supplying and improving Incremental Train Control System for regional ine, Tibet Qinghai Line (Golmud to Lhasa section) in July 2016.     


Alstom won two tramway contracts in 2015, supporting its partners, CRC and its JV, SATCO, to build trams for four lines in Shanghai and Chengdu. Alstom Citadis X02 technology is applied. The first tram for Shanghai Songjiang line was completed in June 2016. Alstom is the No. 1 in the world for integrated tramway solution. It has gained great reputation in China and abroad for its 100% low floor Citadis tramways. More than 50 cities in 18 countries in the world ordered Alstom Citadis tramway.


Besides components and repair parts for high speed trains, traction system, motor mentioned above, Alstom is also one of the top three supplies in China for dampers via its JV, Qingdao Alstom Railway Equipment Co. Alstom has capacity to design, manufacture and maintain dampers for all types of trains, including locomotives, high speed trains, metro cars and tramway cars produced by Alstom and other companies based on customer’s need. 

Corporate Social Responsibility

Alstom is committed to creating sustainable transport solutions and to ensuring that social, environmental and ethical concerns are fully taken into account in all of its activities and in its relations with stakeholders around the globe. In line with the Alstom 2020 and the Global Sustainability Delivery Plan, Alstom China addresses corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues via the following four pillars.  

Stakeholder oriented CSR approach

Alstom China takes CSR actions based on stakeholders’ needs, notably those of local communities and Alstom employees, via the Alstom Foundation  and charitable activities. Since its creation in 2007, Alstom Foundation has sponsored three projects in China, which are: 

In addition, based on stakeholders’ needs, Alstom China organizes charitable activities across the country to support local communities and its employees. For example, in 2014, Alstom employees were mobilized to donate for an employee, whose daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. In total, more than 193,000 RMB (about 26,000 euros) was collected to support this employee and his family.

Dedication to sustainable mobility solutions

Customers in China have steadily increasing needs for sustainable transport solutions, such as those which focus of reducing the weight of solutions, energy saving, and optimization of the life cycle cost. As a global leader promoting sustainable mobility, Alstom continues introducing sustainable transport solutions to China. In 2015, Alstom introduced its innovative Citadis tramway in China which is reliable, efficient and sustainable. A tram emits four times less CO2 than a bus and 10 times less than a car per passenger kilometre.  The Alstom Citadis tramway can achieve up to 98% recyclability after its life cycle. Alstom has won contracts supporting its partner and joint venture in China to build the tramway for Shanghai Songjiang Lines and the Chengdu tramway lines. 

Commitment to responsible operations

Alstom China aims to achieve responsible operations via excellent Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) performance and sustainable sourcing based on its global strategy. Alstom China has achieved zero severe accidents and zero environmental incidents for more than five years continuously. And it maintains a good level (on average 0.6) of Injury Frequency Rate 1 (IFR1) over the recent 5 years. It participates in the Alstom global Zero Deviation Plan audit, and has achieved good results since 2012. To continue strengthening the excellent EHS performance in China, Alstom China launched Alstom’s Visible Active Leadership program in 2015 through which line management takes EHS responsibility and leads by example. By 2020, Alstom China aims to contribute to Alstom 2020 strategy by reducing the environmental footprint of its operations. 

Building a culture of diversity & integrity

Alstom China takes care of its people by building a diverse and supportive workplace. As of 31 March 2016, 30.7% of the employees in Alstom China are women. In May 2016, the Alstom Power Manager Program was launched, which is designed and owned locally by Alstom China as one of leadership programs. Under this program, participants who have high potential or solid performance in their current people manager positions, are given opportunities during 5 months to participate in a systematic-designed program including three tailor-made training workshops and two case studies to apply what they learned from the training in their daily work. They also have opportunities to enter into dialogue with senior leaders at Alstom and receive mentorship support. In 2016, 20 employees are benefitting from this Leadership Program. 

Alstom is fully committed to the high ethical standards and strict compliance with the laws in its business practices. In China, Alstom has implemented various measures for building a strong Ethics & Compliance (E&C) culture, notably regular E&C training organized for all employees and the appointment of E&C ambassadors at all major sites to act as the E&C champion as well as to support the implementation of Alstom global integrity program within their sites. Alstom China won the E&C Country Award in 2015 as recognition of its E&C efforts.

1958: Alstom won the first railway contract in China supplying 25 electric locomotives to Baocheng Line, the first electrified railway in China. Alstom is one of the first western companies which started their business in China, much earlier than the diplomatic relationship between China and France (in 1964).

1979: Alstom opened its first representative office in Beijing, right after the Open Reform Policy in China in 1978. 

1985: Alstom was awarded a locomotive contract, supplying 150 “8K” double BoBo locomotives to China Railway. After 30 years services, all locomotives were decommissioned in 2016 with positive reputation of low failure rate and excellent performance. 

1986: Alstom established a joint venture, CASCO Signal Ltd. together with China Railway Signal & Communication Corporation. It is the 1st joint venture with foreign investment in Chinese railway market. CASCO becomes the major signaling supplier for urban transport solutions in nowadays China. 

1999: Alstom established a joint venture, CASCO Signal Ltd. together with China Railway Signal & Communication Corporation. It is the 1st joint venture with foreign investment in Chinese railway market. CASCO becomes the major signaling supplier for urban transport solutions in nowadays China. 

1999: Alstom won the first rolling stock contract in Shanghai, supplying 168 metro cars to Shanghai Line 3. 

2002: Alstom won the first rolling stock contract in Nanjing, supplying 120 metro cars to Nanjing Line 1.

2004: Alstom won the first high speed train contract in China, supporting CRC to build 60 CRH5 high speed trains. 

2004: Alstom won a contract supplying 180 BoBo locomotives to China. 

2006: Alstom established a joint venture, XAYEECO (Xi’an Alstom Yongji Electric Equipment Co., Ltd), in Xi’An to manufacturing motor equipment and components to its mother company. It is one of the two motor manufacturing sites for Alstom global. 

2007: Alstom won a contract supplying 500 CoCo locomotives, the world’s most powerful electric freight locomotive to China. 

2007: Alstom won a contract providing electrification for the Shi-Tai high speed railway line. 

2015: Alstom won two contracts supporting CRC and SATCO to build 30 trams for Shanghai Songjiang lines and 58 trams for Chengdu.  

2015: Due to the closure of deal between Alstom and GE, Alstom established its new legal entity in China, Alstom Investment Co., Ltd. (AIC).  

2016: Alstom together with its joint venture CASCO won a contract supplying and upgrading signaling system for Qinghai-Tibet Railway in China. This is the first mainline signaling project Alstom has won in China thanks to the integration of GE signaling.