Alstom and Japan Transport Engineering Company (J-TREC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly assess the light rail transit and tramway markets. This agreement will lead both companies to jointly contribute to the modernisation of existing tramway lines and the development of new lines in Japan. The study is expected to be completed within a year.
The MOU between Alstom and J-TREC is a first for both companies and is prompted by the on-going Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement discussions held between the Japanese government and the European Union.
The study will first focus on the existing LRT and tramway systems in place. Most of them have been in operation for over 30 years. In the event that the study indicates suitable possibilities, J-TREC and Alstom will work together to address the Japanese standards and localisation of the tram. Both partners are keen to explore the LRT and tram markets together and identify possible opportunities for Alstom’s state-of-the-art Citadis trams in Japan.
“We are pleased to be selected by J-TREC and thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside J-TREC in supporting Japan’s urban mobility projects,” said Kuniki Nakamori, Country President and Chairman of Alstom K.K, Japan.
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 93,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of over €20 billion and booked close to €24 billion in orders in 2012/13
Japan Transport Engineering Company is a total transport engineering firm manufacturing rolling stock, cargo containers, railway tracks and turnouts with its 100% of stocks owned by East Japan Railway Company.
 J-TREC is part of the Group East Japan Railways, one of the major operators in Japan
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