Signing a joint venture on 31 May 2017, SiCC Co. Ltd and Strukton Rolling Stock B.V. have established a long-term cooperation for the design, production, assembly and delivery of propulsion systems and auxiliary systems for the rail sector. The China-based joint venture will tender for propulsion packages for metro projects in Ji’nan to start with, followed by other rolling stock projects in the Shandong province and the rest of China. Strukton Rolling Stock will provide distinctive technological knowledge, design and production of key components from the Netherlands; SiCC will provide production and assembly facilities for complete systems, labour and local market knowledge.

This is the first time a Dutch company enters into the Chinese market with this kind of technology and is recognised as a global and reliable technology partner in China. Strukton will mainly add technological knowledge and experience in the field of vehicle propulsion and auxiliary power systems, including system integration and performance calculation. Strukton will also produce and deliver key components to the joint venture.

Market prospects

The city of Ji’nan is planning to construct eight new metro lines till 2023, including three suburban lines and five urban metro lines, with a total length of 275 km and 176 stations. Seven other cities in the Shandong province are planning to construct metro lines as well. Additionally, the Chinese government has approved 43 cities’ metro construction plans in the next five years.

Source: DRS/Strukton