Romanian locomotive manufacturer Softronic and Hungarian company LAC Holding have signed a letter of intent to build a locomotive plant in Hungary. The new facility will be built by the end of next year, and will begin production in 2016.
In first phase, various parts and electronic components will supplied by Softronic and integrated in Hungary. During the first year, the plant will produce two to three locomotives, then the annual production will increase to over 10 units. The price for one unit is estimated at USD 2.5-3 million.
CER Hungary Zrt, part of LAC Holding, has also announced purchasing one Transmontana locomotive from Softronic. The HUF 800 million (EUR 2.5 million) acquisition was financed with Hungary´s Funding for Growth Scheme funds.
Transmontana is certified by both the Romanian Railway Authority and the Hungarian Railway Authority. The Co-CO axles are equipped with a 25 kV 50 Hz by-sistem transformer powering six asynchronous engines. The locomotive can reach speeds of over 200 km/h.