On 4 January, CRRC and Turkmenistan railway users signed a locomotive spare parts contract online, worth more than $30m. This is the largest contract for locomotive spare parts signed by China and Turkmenistan since the 31st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov will pay a state visit to China from 5-6 January. On the eve of this momentous occasion, the company signed the locomotive spare parts contract with the Turkmenistan railway user, which is another fruitful result of the cooperation between the two countries in the field of rail transit to strengthen economic and trade contacts.

As a leading exporter of diesel locomotives in China, the company has provided 251 total units of high-power passenger and freight diesel locomotives, and diesel shunting locomotives to Turkmenistan from 2004 to 2016, becoming the largest supplier of rail transit equipment in Turkmenistan. These Ziyang-made locomotives have undertaken 80% of transport tasks in Turkmenistan.

Due to the good performance of these locomotives and the high quality after-sales service of the company, the user chose CRRC Ziyang again in 2022. The two sides overcame the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and signed a contract for 30 units of mainline freight diesel locomotives (in multiple-units). This is the largest order of diesel locomotives received from Turkmenistan in the last decade. Upon the completion and delivery of this order, the total number of locomotives supplied by the company to Turkmenistan will reach 281 units.

The signing of this locomotive spare parts contract is a new milestone of in-depth cooperation between the two sides, marking a new stage of strategic cooperation between them, from the batch supply of locomotives to the provision of locomotive spare parts on a large scale.

Up to now, the company has exported more than 1,100 units of locomotives in various types to 33 countries and regions, representing over one-half of the domestic total export of diesel locomotives.