October 15, 2014

GE wins first order for new Brazilian locomotive

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GE Transportation Brazil announced on October 9 that it has received the first order for its new metre-gauge ES43BBi Evolution diesel locomotive, which has been developed specifically for the Brazilian market.

Paper manufacturer Klabin has purchased seven of the eight-axle ac-traction units to haul trains from a new pulp mill being constructed at Ortigueira in the state of Paraná to the port of Paranaguá, which will operate via the Latin American Logistics (ALL) network.

The locomotives will be assembled at GE's Contagem facility in Minas Gerais and GE says more than 60% of the value of the order is local content.

The first units are due to be completed in the second quarter of next year and all seven locomotives will enter service in 2016.

GE will provide technical support and training for Klabin and ALL employees as part of the contract.

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