German firm Siemens has received a €450m ($636m) long-term contract to supply traction equipment and a vehicle control system for intercity trains in China.
Under the deal with Chinese rolling stock manufacturer Nanjing SR Puzhen Rail Transport, the company will provide the components from its Siemens Mobility unit's Desiro modular vehicle platform.
Initially, equipment will be supplied for 22 six-car 140kmph electric multiple units (EMUs) and ten six-car 200kmph EMUs between 2011 and 2012.
The EMUs will run on the province of Guangdong's under-construction 2,000km railway network around the Pearl River Delta, which is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
Puzhen is under contract with the Guangdong Southeast Intercity Transport company to supply an initial 32 six-car EMUs for the railway.