Talgo manufacturing facility opens in Kazakhstan
The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, inaugurates a Talgo factory in Astana.
The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazerbayev, officially inaugurated on Friday 9th of December a Talgo factory in Astana, capital of this Central Asian country.
The opening of this manufacturing facility consolidates Talgo’s internationalization strategy and it is an important milestone in the export of Spanish last generation technology.
Thanks to this project, Talgo will gradually renew the passenger fleet of high speed coaches in Kazakhstan. To carry out this Project, TALGO and the Kazakh Railways formed a Joint Venture in 2010 named Talgo Tulpar and on the 9th of December the factory, built in just twelve months, was officially opened in the Kazakh capital, Astana, by its President, Nursultan Nazerbayev.
An important stage in the cooperation between Spain and Kazakhstan starts with this project in which TALGO will provide industrial activity to the two countries; in Spain the body shells and wheel-sets will be manufactured and all the equipment assemblies and tests of the passenger coaches will be carried out in Kazakhstan.
Talgo, in its internationalization process, will not only renew the fleet of passenger coaches but it will also export its technology and make a significant technology transfer to this country.
The contract was signed by Talgo and Kazakhstan Temir Zholy last November 2010 to supply the first batch of 420 cars, approximately worth 300 million euros, which will be supplied over the next three years. In addition to the manufacturing of the cars, maintenance services will be provided to the whole fleet.
The factory covers an area of 31,000 m2 with a manufacturing capacity of 150 cars per year.
The activity of this plant will be welding, assembly and testing of the cars.