Alstom has partnered with local institutions to develop railway signalling systems and establish an engineering centre in Russia.
The company is collaborating with rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding, Research & Design Institute for Information Technology, Signalling and Telecommunications on Railway Transport (JSC NIIAS), and science and technology Skolkovo Foundation.
The announcement was made at the 1520 International Railway Exhibition held in Scherbinka, Moscow.
A new R&D facility will be established in the Skolkovo technological cluster near Moscow by the end of the year, and the partners will jointly develop railway signalling systems based on Alstom and NIIAS technologies.
Using satellite navigation and digital communications, the new signalling R&D facility will develop modern railway traffic management technologies for conventional, high-speed and very high-speed lines.
Alstom Transport Russia and CIS senior vice-president Martin Vaujour said: "This new engineering centre in Skolkovo will allow developing and commercialising cutting-edge Russian signalling equipment for all types of lines.
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"Once again, we confirm our commitment to bring the best of our knowledge to the 1,520mm area.
"The exhibition in Scherbinka, gathering professionals from all over the region, is a good opportunity to repeat that we are firmly set on the local market and look forward to further expand our cooperation with local players, not only for trains, but also for signalling and infrastructure solutions."
For Alstom, the new agreement is a further movement into the Russian rail market.
The company already holds major stakes in several Russian joint ventures, manufacturing trains and trams for Russian heavy and light rail networks. It operates three rolling stock manufacturing joint ventures in partnership with Transmashholding.
Image: Alstom, Transmashholding, NIIAS and Skolkovo Foundation executives at the signing of the agreement. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.