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Strukton signs Chinese rolling stock partnership

The Chinese city of Ji’nan is connected to the country’s high-speed rail network and by 2023 will also have an eight-line metro. (Image credit: Kanegen / CC BY 2.0)

The rolling stock division of Dutch firm Strukton Rail has signed an agreement with Chinese-based SICC Co. for the creation of a joint venture to develop and deliver propulsion and auxiliary systems for the growing Chinese rail market. The new organisation, Shandong SRCC Rail Transit Technology, will be based in China.

The joint venture intends to tender for projects in the country, starting with the capital of Shandong province, Ji’nan, where SiCC will be based. The city has a population of more than seven million.

Strukton expects to supply technical knowledge, design and production of key components; SiCC’s input will include assembly and sales within the region.

By 2023, Ji’nan plans to build eight new metro lines in a network covering 275km (roughly 170 miles) with 176 stations. Shandong SRCC Rail Transit Technology plans to start by tendering for the 19km (12-mile) line R3, which encompasses 11 stations and 18 trains (a total order of 108 vehicles).