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Locomotives for Russian Railways: Siemens to set up joint venture with Sinara

Siemens, Russian Railways RZD and OJSC Sinara Transport Machines, a Russian manufacturer of freight locomotives, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the manufacture and supply of modern electric locomotives. A joint venture between Siemens and Sinara is to build around 100 double locomotives a year for RZD.

At the "Strategic Partnership 1520" Forum in Sotschi, Hans-Joerg Grundmann, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division, Vladimir Jakunin, President of RZD, and Dmitriy Pumpyanskiy, President of the Sinara Group, today agreed on the basic aspects of future cooperation.

Under the agreement, around 100 electric double locomotives a year are to be manufactured for RZD, starting in 2010, in a jointly operated factory located near Yekaterinburg. Details of the agreement will be finalized in the next few weeks.

For Siemens, Russia is one of the most important and promising markets for the future. With 85,000 kilometers of track, 1.3 billion passengers a year and total annual freight of 1.3 billion metric tons, the railway market in Russia is by far the largest in Europe.

The planned manufacture and supply of modern electric locomotives under the joint venture to be set up by Siemens and Sinara is an important step towards expanding the strategic partnership between Siemens and RZD that initially started in the area of high-speed transportation. At the end of 2008, Siemens handed over the first high-speed train, the Sapsan (Velaro RUS), to RZD.

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies as well as comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Industry Sector consists of six Divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 222,000 employees worldwide, Siemens Industry posted a profit of EUR 3.86 billion with revenues totaling EUR 38 billion in fiscal year 2008 (ended September 30).

The Mobility Division (Erlangen, Germany) is the internationally leading provider of transportation and logistics solutions. With its "Complete mobility" approach, the Division is focused on networking the various modes of transportation in order to ensure the efficient transport of people and goods. “Complete mobility” combines the company's competence in operations control systems for railways and traffic control systems for roadways together with solutions for airport logistics, postal automation, traction power supplies and rolling stock for mass transit, regional and mainline services, turnkey systems as well as forward-looking service concepts.

Siemens AG
Corporate Communications and Government Affairs Wittelsbacherplatz 2,
80333 Munich
Reference number: I MO 200905.030_Sinara e

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