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World-class bullet trains go global

(Xinhua)    17:48, April 10, 2015

CHANGSHA, April 10  -- The outstanding reputation of China's high speed rail (HSR) industry not only shows the success of domestic innovation but also represents a shift from the export of mass produced "Made in China" products.

China North Railway (CNR) and China South Railway (CSR) are industry pioneers, having developed faster, cheaper, cutting-edge services that have attracted worldwide attention.

As an advocate of Chinese HSR, Premier Li Keqiangactively champions the sector while overseas, saying that Chinese HSR technology ensures cost effective projects without sacrificing quality.


In 2014, CNR and CSR signed overseas contracts worth over 6 billion U.S. dollars, up 60 percent year on year.

A contract for 284 subway trains, worth 4.1 billion yuan (6.71 million U.S. dollars), for Boston MBTA's red and orange subway lines, was sighed by CNR on Jan. 26, which was China's first foray into the U.S. rail transit market.

The trains are designed to travel at 102 kilometers per hour and up to 129,000 kilometers a year on regular maintenance for at least 30 years.

CNR will also set up a R&D base in the the United States, which will create employment opportunities for the local market.

Long Guzong, chief designer of CSR's major subsidiary, said the first HSR export of 12 locomotives to Iranin the late 1990s, was, for him, one of the sector's most impressive achievements.

"We were worried that we might encounter problems [with this first export contract] but the high production quality meant the contract was a success, and this made us confident."

Ding Rongjun, a senior mechanic with CSR, said the company holds the rights to the majority of rail track hauling and steering technology, showing CSR values innovation as much as manufacturing.


China's HSR is going global, thanks, in part, to President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative.

On Dec. 30, 2014, CNR and CSR announced their intention to merge into a new entity.

The merger has passed reviews by the economic planner and securities regulator, and scrutiny by foreign countries' antitrust bodies.

The stock market saw positive investor sentiment, with the share price of the two companies more than tripling since the announcement last year.

"The merger will unite our technology, management and market resources, thus promoting China's high-level manufacturing and HSR to the world," said CSR president Zheng Changhong.

CNR president Cui Dianguo believed the merger would accelerate innovation and upgrade related industries, changing China's reputation from manufacturing to inventing.

According to the merger plan, the approaching incorporated company will emphasize overseas industrial distribution and management in order to establish promising brand influence.

With HSR technology like permanent magnet synchronous hauling systems and 8-inch IGBT chips now been tested on real locomotives, China's position as the leader in the HSR sector is only expected to be cemented further.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Zhang Yuan,Bianji)

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