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September 21, 2016

Stadler and Solaris to form light rail vehicle partnership

Stadler Polska and Solaris Bus & Coach are making plans to form a partnership to bid for light rail vehicle tenders in Poland and other European countries.

By Srivari Aishwarya

Stadler Polska and Solaris Bus & Coach are making plans to form a partnership to bid for light rail vehicle tenders in Poland and other European countries.

The proposed collaboration is in line with Solaris's strategy to grow its operations in the light rail market.

The first project under the partnership will be for supply of trams to Krakow.

Stadler owner and CEO Peter Spuhler said: "Close cooperation between Stadler and Solaris will enable companies to strengthen their positions on the tram market in Poland and other European countries.

"Close cooperation between Stadler and Solaris will enable companies to strengthen their positions on the tram market."

“Product portfolios of both companies are complementing themselves very well.”

Over the last ten years, Stadler Polska has been one of the leading rolling stock producers in Poland and one of the country’s largest rolling stock exporters.

Stadler's factory in Siedlce employs 800 people and cooperates with more than 2,000 Polish suppliers and partners.

Stadler Central Europe executive vice-president Christian Spichiger said: “The basis of our company philosophy is delivering the highest quality vehicles, characterised by reliability and low operating costs.

“Those features allowed FLIRT trains, also those produced in Siedlce, to succeed in many European countries. I am convinced, that establishing Stadler-Solaris cooperation and teaming our specialists will enable us to build modern trams, that soon will be appreciated on Polish and other selected markets.”

Solaris entered the rail market in 2009 and has since delivered trams to Poznan and Olsztyn, Poland, as well as Jena and Brunswick, Germany. It is currently providing 41 trams for Leipzig.

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