Monday, 10 July 2017 06:00

    Taiwan High Speed Rail wants global bids for new train cars

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    Japanese companies built original system, but expect European competition

     Taiwan High Speed Rail will call on rolling-stock manufacturers worldwide to bid for its upcoming purchase of new train cars, the company revealed this month.

    Japanese businesses have hoped to secure projects worth up to 100 billion yen ($880 million) from the Taiwanese company. All 34 of Taiwan High Speed Rail's current bullet train cars were produced by Japanese companies like Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Hitachi and Nippon Sharyo.

    Bidders may need to submit statements to Taiwan High Speed Rail's board outlining their plans for providing the train cars. Improving technology means factors such as environmental friendliness and parts maintenance will be assessed for the next generation of high-speed rail cars, the company says.

    Taiwan's bullet train began operation in 2007, using rail cars, signal systems and tracks produced by a consortium of seven Japanese companies including Mitsui & Co., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy. The train used the 700T, an improved version of cars employed in Japanese bullet trains such as the Nozomi.

    All 12 of Taiwan High Speed Rail's bullet train stations are in operation, with the final one opening last July. Average daily ridership has risen yearly to reach 154,000 passengers in 2016, up roughly 10% on the year.

    But it appears that the Japanese contingent will need to fight off international rivals such as European producers for the new high-speed cars, as well as to secure chances for future work as well.

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