Prysmian Group has recently been awarded a new order in China by Shanghai Alstom Transport Co., Ltd (SATCO) to supply power and control cables for high-grade metro cars that will be used in the Shanghai Metro project (Line 3 and 4). The award follows the frame contract signed last year – still with SATCO – for a project in Singapore to supply high-performance cables for driverless automatic trains (178 cars in total), which are currently under delivery.
This is the first time Prysmian is supplying rolling stock cables for the Shanghai Metro, one of the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world – with several lines still under construction – and with one of the longest operating route lengths in the world. The Shanghai Metro ranks third in the world in annual ridership, with 2.5 billion rides delivered in 2013 and Prysmian will supply cables for 30 new cars.
In the past two years Prysmian has also secured contracts for other big city transportation systems around the world with CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., Ltd., another important Chinese rolling stock manufacturer.
All the cables, designed and manufactured according to EN standards (EN 50382, EN 50264 and EN 50306), are produced in the Group’s Tianjin plant in China. Local production will enable Prysmian to meet the demands of major partners operating in the booming Chinese rail industry, which is requiring remarkably high levels of service and support that can be offered only by ways of a local manufacturing presence.
In addition to control and power cables for rolling stock application, Prysmian in China has also developed new cable solutions to meet all of the industry requirements, such as the new Jumper Cable (FXZ) designed by the Group’s product development team based in Tianjin and fully certified by specialized third part laboratories.
In China, Prysmian is also supplying rolling stock cables for the first prototypes of Light Rail Vehiclesthat are planned to be used in the development of this type of mass transit systems in major Chinese cities. Once homologation is achieved, Prysmian will be able to offer a comprehensive range of rolling stock cables to the local market also in China.