Rolls-Royce Power Systems and China Railway Rolling Stock (CRRC) have announced plans to strengthen their partnership via the signing of a new agreement.
The new deal will see CRRC continue to consider Rolls-Royce’s MTU engines for use as drive solutions in its locomotives and diesel railcars.
Both companies have also agreed to extend their partnership and collaborate on future power delivery solutions such as hybrid drives and gas engines.
CRRC International Business general manager Dayong Chen said: “This strategic partnership agreement is a major step forward in strengthening our successful collaboration with Rolls-Royce Power Systems and MTU.”
CRRC has procured more than 500 Rolls-Royce MTU Series 4000 engines for its locomotives through past orders, which are currently used by its customers in New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems CEO Andreas Schell said: “We are proud that we are consistently convincing CRRC, one of the major players in the global rail market, of the quality of our drive solutions.
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“Our close working relationship has been established firmly in recent years and this agreement puts it on a new footing, something which is going to benefit both partners, and our customers as well.”
The agreement also references China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, which is an ongoing infrastructure plan that aims to expand and enhance connectivity with Asia, Europe and Africa in order to improve trade, businesses and freight movement across China.
China is currently investing in the infrastructure of several countries in these regions in support of the initiative, with CRRC also playing an important role.