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German trains to be made in Poland

The Local · 20 Sep 2012, 07:48

Published: 20 Sep 2012 07:48 GMT+02:00

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"Deutsche Bahn has signed two framework agreements with Polish manufacturer PESA regarding the possible delivery of up to 470 diesel locomotives," the company said in a statement.

The order is worth €1.2 billion and the trains will be delivered through the end of 2018. Deutsche Bahn said the contracts had been drawn without specifying the types of trains ordered but most are expected to be used for regional travel.

It is Deutsche Bahn's first major contract with PESA on the supply of rail vehicles, said the head the German company's infrastructure and technical division, Volker Kefer.

"Its an important strategic goal with regards to the German market, expanding competition in the industry," he said, and added that future contracts could also be awarded to firms that Deutsche Bahn had not yet placed train orders with.

Kefer told the Financial Times Deutschland that the rail giant was in negotiations with suppliers outside Europe, focussing particularly on the Asian market.

The move ramps up the pressure on its other suppliers, Bombardier and Siemens, whose shipments had in the past been delayed or had quality problems.

A spokesman for Siemens said the company had didn't have the kind of diesel locomotives in question and therefore did not attempt to win the supplier contract.

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PESA supplies locomotives for the Italian, Ukrainian and Lithuanian railways, employs a workforce of 3,500 and is based in Bydgoszcz, Deutsche Bahn said.

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Your comments about this article

12:04 September 20, 2012 by raandy
Hope they do a better job with the air con.
14:59 September 20, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
@Raandy. Yes, an 'ON' button this time woud be a good start. For some reason the last fleet didnt have one.
15:07 September 20, 2012 by raandy
Berlin fuer alles, Sure would, I had one of those smoking hot rides this past summer.
23:32 September 20, 2012 by wxman
Well, that's certainly a switch from 70 years ago. Now the trains are going from Poland to Germany! Instead of the other way around.
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