Bombardier Transportation and its local partner Hartasuma Sdn Bhd have received an additional firm order for 52 Advanced Rapid Transit (ART) MK II cars from the Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB) to be operated on the Kelana Jaya Line in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This order is an option provided for within the original contract for 140 MK II cars announced on October 13, 2006. The option is valued at approximately 71 million euros ($100 million US) with Bombardier’s share valued at approximately 49 million euros ($69 million US).
Commenting on this announcement, William Spurr, President, Bombardier Transportation North America, said: “Receiving an order for additional vehicles from a satisfied customer is always a concrete demonstration of confidence and success with Bombardier’s technology. Bombardier is very proud to be involved with the Kelana Jaya Line, which is the longest fully automated, driverless transit system in Asia. We have built a long-standing relationship with SPNB, which is key for our success in this market.”
The fully automated, driverless 29 kilometer Kelana Jaya Line began operation in 1998 and was built by a Bombardier-led consortium that included Bombardier and SNC Lavalin. Today, the line links western and eastern suburbs to Kuala Lumpur’s downtown. The line currently uses 70 Bombardier-built ART MK II vehicles.
Datuk Ravindran Menon, Group Executive Director, Hartasuma Sdn Bhd, added: “The partnership we have developed with Bombardier has a positive impact on the local rail industry, since we can count on Bombardier’s extensive knowledge, technology and experience. For us, working with the world leader is very important.”
The cars will be manufactured at Bombardier Transportation production facilities in North America with final assembly in Malaysia through local partner, Hartasuma Sdn Bhd, which is a major player in the Malaysian rail industry. Delivery of the first cars from this option is expected to take place in 2010.
Background facts and figures
Bombardier is the world leader in designing and supplying automated rapid transit systems, monorails and people movers for urban and airport applications. The expansion to the existing 29-km Kelana Jaya line will use Bombardier’s Linear-Induction-Motor (LIM) propulsion, successfully deployed on the Vancouver SkyTrain**, the longest driverless system in the world; New York City’s 13-km AirTrain** JFK, where Bombardier is providing up to 15 years of operations and maintenance services; as well as the Scarborough RT system (Toronto, Canada) and the Detroit Downtown People Mover, USA. Bombardier is also managing other ART projects in Asia; one recently announced for the Beijing Airport Link in China and one already under construction for YonginCity in South Korea. With over 80 years of combined system operation, ART technology offers unprecedented reliability.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.
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**AirTrain is a trademark of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
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