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ContiTech Equips 50 New High-Speed Trains in China

(PresseBox) (Hannover, ) ContiTech is strengthening its position in China's railway engineering sector. The Hanover, Germanybased company will supply air spring systems for 50 of the new China Railways CRH1 highspeed trains. The delivery agreement was just signed in the new ContiTech plant in Changshu, China. "We are a supplier very much in demand. For the Chinese customer it was very important that the air spring systems measure up to a high standard and that they be partially manufactured in China," says Friedrich Hoppmann, head of the ContiTech Railway Engineering segment.

The trains are being developed by ContiTech's key customer, Bombardier Transportation, the world's largest manufacturer of rail equipment headquartered in Berlin. Its Chinese joint venture Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BST) is in charge of delivering the highspeed trains. With the designations CRH1C and CRH1D, the vehicles are based on the latest BOMBARDIER ZEFIRO highspeed technology. The first parts will be delivered to China starting in the fall of 2010. All the trains are to have been built by 2014.

China intends to bolster its position in rail vehicle technology with increasingly efficient highspeed trains. With speeds of up to 380 km/h, the CRH1 has a central role to play in this strategy. In line with Chinese government plans, the railway network is to be dramatically expanded by 2020. To achieve this, five trillion yuans (around 548 billion euros) are being invested. This is all part of the government's plan to beef up the economy over the long run. At the moment the Chinese railway system is seen to be highly congested.

ContiTech Antriebssysteme GmbH

With sales of approximately €20 billion in 2009, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs approximately 134,500 in 46 countries.

The ContiTech division holds a global market leadership position for many nontire rubber products and is a specialist in plastics technology in the nontire rubber sector. The division develops and produces functional parts, components and systems for the automotive industry and other important industries. The division has a workforce of approximately 22,000 employees. In 2009, it achieved sales of approximately €2.4 billion.