July 13, 2015

CRRC opens Malaysian rolling stock plant

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CRRC Corporation began production at its first rolling stock plant outside China on July 9, when Malaysia's transport minister Mr Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai officially opened Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive's new facility at Batu Gajah in the state of Perak.

The plant will assemble metro trains for Kuala Lumpur's Ampang Line, which were ordered last October, and 160km/h class 93 inter-city EMUs for Malayan Railways Corporation (KTMB), with capacity to assemble up to 100 vehicles per year.

The same day Liow took an inaugural trip on the class 93 to mark the launch of KTMB's Electric Train Service (ETS), which will reduce the journey time on the 520km line between Kuala Lumpur and Padang Basar to 4h 45min. Each six-car metre-gauge train seats 312 passengers.

The service is initially operating twice daily, with one-way fares starting at Ringgits 81 ($US 21.30).

KTMB has ordered 10 class 93s, three of which are being commissioned with a fourth en route from China. The first four sets are being built at CRRC's Zhuzhou plant in China, while the remaining six will be assembled at Batu Gajah.

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