On 31 March, Alstom and its Russian partner Transmashholding (TMH) celebrated the fifth anniversary of the signing of their strategic partnership. Since 2009, the two companies have jointly developed several innovative projects via their engineering joint-venture, TRTrans.
The 2ES5 freight locomotives and the EP20, the first Russian locomotive to circulate at 200 km/h for passenger trains, are both excellent examples. The EP20 locomotive demonstrated its performances during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, providing six daily services between Moscow and Sochi.
Many opportunities exist with TMH for urban, regional, high-speed or services in the 1520* market, an immense rail market with more than 85,000 kilometres of track, 1.3 billion passengers and 1.3 billion tons of freight per year.
The Russian company, with its 54,000 employees and annual turnover of €3.6 billion in 2013, is a giant in this market. TMH booked recently an order for 800 metro cars for the city of Moscow and signed a framework contract with RZD, the Russian national railways, to deliver nearly 300 regional trains.
“This dynamism is benefitting Alstom which, as a shareholder**, is accompanying its partner in a process of transition towards a modern high technology industry,” underlines Thibault Desteract, CIS (Community of Independent States) SVP.
Alstom experts are specially seconded to Russian sites to provide TMH teams with technological and methodological support for industrial processes and know-how. The process of a great industrial adventure.
*Named in this way because of its 1,520 mm gauge, when the standard European gauge is 1,435 mm.
** Since March 2010 Alstom has had a 25 % holding in TMH’s capital.