(Beijing/Berlin, 13 June 2016) Deutsche Bahn is increasing its general presence in China. In the course of Chancellor Dr Merkel’s visit to the country, agreements were signed in Beijing today with the aim of expanding projects in the rail sector.
Speaking in Beijing, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG Dr. Rüdiger Grube said, “The People’s Republic of China is an important market for us and will remain so in future. In view of the plans to invest more than 300 billion euros in transport infrastructure, we wish to benefit from the growth and potential in China. Our expertise is in high demand and our successful international activities also strengthen our position in our home market of Germany.”
Two Memoranda of Understanding were signed today, one of which was with the Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC (China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation) confirming continuation of the parties’ cooperation in the establishment and optimization of a maintenance system for high-speed multiple units and the provision of mutual support in remedying operating problems related to wheel-on-rail contact. CR operates an approx. 19,000-km long high-speed network with a fleet of 1,400 trains. DB will provide maintenance and repair support for the company.
“There is a second project of which I am particularly proud: Our experts from DB Engineering & Consulting are the first foreigners to work on a regional transport project in China. As part of a consortium, they have a consultancy contract for the operation of regional transport routes in Dalian, a city with a population of 6 million,” said Dr. Grube.
DB has been active in China since 1966. DB Schenker alone has more than 5,000 employees in the country. Amongst other things, DB was involved in the construction of Metro Shanghai, the development of the high-speed network and the Transrapid in Shanghai. As China meanwhile also offers good products for the rail sector, DB has had a procurement office in Shanghai since the end of 2015.