TCDD is planning to open new HST tender for 80 sets this year.
As it’s already announced by Transport Minister that 53% local supply, production in Turkey and local partner will be the prerequisites of the tender.
Here are the main players expected to take part in this tender, and what they have done about local partnership:
CAF was the first company to sell high speed train sets to Turkey. There are 12 sets currently used produced by CAF. Many CAF railcars are also being used in Turkish cities. Not any partnership nor investment prorgam announced for this tender.
Siemens was the second company with HST sets sold to Turkey. There’s Siemens Velaro set already delivered to Turkey, and six more sets awarded. Siemens also may be awarded for 10 HST sets which is now under legal evaluation process. Siemens may proceed without any partnership since it has its own company in Turkey.
Hyundai Rotem is expected to participate the tender. Hyundai Rotem has an advantage by its local subsidiary, Hyundai Eurotem, in Adapazari, Turkey. Railcars of Marmaray has already been produced by this company. Hyundai Rotem was recently awarded for new trams of Izmir and metro cars of Istanbul.
Talgo announced its local partner for this HST tender: Tumosan, an engine company in Turkey. Talgo and Tumosan signed a MoU for local production and joint investment in Turkey.
Bombardier recently announced that an agreement with a Turkish company had been signed for local production of HST sets. Name of the company is not given. Bombardier is very active in urban transport with many railcars in several cities of Turkey.
Alstom had announced that they are looking for a partner in Turkey for HST tender of TCDD. Alstom recently selected Istanbul as its regional headoffice for Middle East and Africa. Alstom’s railcars are being used in Turkish cities, and it has a joint production with Durmazlar, a Turkish company which is producing trams and LRVs.
AnsaldoBreda’s trams are being used in two cities of Turkey. In 2009, AnsaldoBreda announced that it’s looking for a partner in Turkey for local production. Company had also a partnership with Temsa for production of buses for Kocaeli.
Chinese company CSR has been awarded several contracts for urban system in Turkish cities. Chinese Government and railway companies are spending worldwide effort for taking role in construction and manufacturing. However, nothing announced about partnership in Turkey until now.
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