Chinese company CRRC plans to build a locomotive assembly plant in Kazakhstan

According to information provided by the Kazakh Invest Development Corporation after the Kazakhstan-China Investment Roundtable held on May 18th in Xi’an, Chinese company CRRC plans to build a locomotive assembly plant in Kazakhstan, as reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply.

As part of this project, Kazakhstani carrier SilkwayTransit will collaborate with CRRC with the support of the Chinese corporation for the development of technology export-import, CNTIC. Further details about the project have not been disclosed yet.

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Currently, locomotives in Kazakhstan are manufactured by companies Wabtec (for diesel locomotives) and Alstom (for electric locomotives).

In addition, rolling stock is also imported from Russia. For example, the carrier SilkwayTransit procures diesel and electric locomotives from the Russian company “Sinara-Transport Machines”.

According to the newspaper “Zhongguo Jinbao,” CRRC has exported 189 units of various models of mainline and shunting locomotives to Kazakhstan in recent years.

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