Solaris has formed a joint venture with Stadler Polska of Siedlce to bid for tramway and light rail contracts in central and eastern Europe.
Founded in 2001, Poland’s Solaris is already a well-known bus and trolleybus manufacturer and entered the light rail market in 2009. It has since delivered low-floor Tramino vehicles to the Polish cities of Pozna and Olsztyn as well as Jena and Braunschweig in Germany.
Its latest export success was the selection by Leipzig transport authority LVB for a EUR7.7m order for five 45m Tramino cars for the city for delivery this winter; options for a further 36 exist.
Stadler Polska employs around 800 staff at its site in Siedlce and is one of the biggest rolling stock manufacturers in the country.
Solaris and non-domestic manufacturers have found it difficult to compete with a dominant PESA in the Polish market and it is hoped that the partnership will make its products more attractive.
The first joint bid is due to be an offer to supply the city of Krakow which in August released a requirement for up to 50 new 32-35m low-floor vehicles.
Commenting on the deal, Peter Spuhler, CEO of Stadler, said: “The product portfolios of both companies are complementing themselves very well. We will be able to profit from one another in our technology development, therefore I am very pleased with the co-operation with Solaris.”
Solaris CEO Solange Olszewska added: “We aim to still grow our activities in the light rail market and therefore we searched for a renowned strategic partner for the further development of our products and facilities in the Pozna area and also to utilise our excellent market contacts and even grow our engineering and car body manufacturing competence.
“For such co-operation there is no better partner than Stadler, which is a globally-recognised Swiss brand.”