Nexans secures €9.5m contract to supply cables for China’s high-speed trains

Posted: 2 March 2010 | | No comments yet

Nexans is to supply the cables for China Railway’s high-speed trains that will enter service between Beijing and Shanghai in 2011.

Nexans is to supply the cables for China Railway's high-speed trains that will enter service between Beijing and Shanghai in 2011.

Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, has been awarded a 9.5 million euros contract to supply China’s state-owned vehicle producer, CNR Corporation Limited (CNR), with the cables it requires to develop the China Railway High-speed (CRH) trains that will enter in service between Beijing and Shanghai in 2011.

FLAMEX® cables

FLAMEX® cables

Cables provided are manufactured at Nexans China’s production facilities in Waigaoqiao and Baoshan, both located in Shanghai. The first batch of cables will be delivered in March 2010 and the last in March 2011.

This contract is in addition to the first award from CNR on control, power and data cables that Nexans got in July 2009 for a value of 5.0 million euros on the same programme.

This is one of the biggest spot orders for Nexans Rolling Stock business supplying a total number of over 10,000 km power control and data cables for 79 train-sets. The cables will be delivered to the CNR subsidiaries, the Tangshan Railway Vehicle Company (TRC) and the Changchun Railway Vehicle Company (CRC), which are responsible for developing and manufacturing the high-speed trains.

The new CRH trains will be composed of 16 cars, for a design speed of 350km/h, and will be able to carry up to 1,026 passengers.

The cables supplied to this CRH project come from Nexans’ FLAMEX® range, which have been specially designed to adhere to the various international standards and safety needs of the rolling stock industry. For instance, the cables selected are environmentally friendly and halogen free – this helps ensure the cable resists the propagation of fire and produces low smoke emissions in the event that a fire occurs.

Stéphane Mortelette, Nexans Global Segment Manager for Rolling Stock says, “Nexans cables were selected by CNR because we demonstrated high levels of quality, technical services, an ability to meet tight deadlines, thanks to our local factories in China. With this new contract, Nexans confirms its leading position for rolling stock cables globally and on the Chinese booming high speed train market in particular.”

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