Feb 20 | 2019
Eurasia Rail always attracts the leading lights of the global railway technology and rolling stock community.
Major exhibitors at Eurasia Rail 2019
Image: © Siemens
Siemens is one of the biggest hitters when it comes to supplying the world with rolling stock and railway infrastructure. Turkey is already very familiar with Siemens’ own brand of rail tech.
Currently, high-speed is where Siemens is making its biggest Turkish rail sector impact. Back in January 2018, the German brand won the first of Turkey’s contemporary high-speed tenders. Now, the company will be supplying Turkish buyers with 10 Velaro HST sets for a cool $400m.
Much like Bombardier, rolling stock is not the only sector where Siemens has carved itself a niche in Turkey. It has been providing more infrastructure-focussed developments for a while.
In 2016, for example, Turkish State Railways (TCDD) purchased Siemens signalling technology to complete modernisation of a 380km mainline route between Samsun and Kalin.
Systems installed in that particular case included Trackguard Westrace electronic interlocking systems, point machines and level crossing tech.
China’s CRRC makes rivals like Bombardier, Alstom and Siemens look like amateurs when it comes to rolling stock production. With 44% of the entire worldwide rolling stock market, CRRC’s reach is extensive – and now it has reached Turkey.
CRRC is one of the companies competing to win Turkey’s 96-set HST tender, but it also has other methods of making its mark on Turkish railways. The company is eyeing up a potential acquisition of local fabricators Tulomas. That would give the world’s leading rolling stock manufacturer by volume its own manufacturing base directly in Turkey.
Of course, this is CRRC we’re talking about. Exports of its train sets are coming to Turkey. In October 2018, Istanbul’s municipal authorities inked an LRV supply deal with CRRC worth $500m.
Another company with extensive experience in Turkey’s railway sector is Spanish experts CAF. They are one of the major international companies that has confirmed their participation at Eurasia Rail 2019.
In fact, CAF trains are in use on one of Turkey’s oldest high-speed links: the prestigious Istanbul-Ankara link. First deliveries took place in 2005, so you can see CAF is already very familiar with Turkish rail operators’ requirements.
The Istanbul Metro is a major source of technology and train set demand, which CAF has also catered too in the past. Starting with winning a tender in 2009, the group supplied Turkey’s largest city and underground rail network with 30 metro units in 2012.
With an extensive Turkish pedigree, it will be interesting to see what CAF brings to Eurasia Rail 2019.
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