ABB and Titagarh Rail Systems join forces for metro projects in India
ABB and Titagarh Rail Systems have announced a strategic partnership to supply propulsion systems for metro rolling stock projects in India. This collaboration aligns with the Indian government’s “Make in India” and “Atmanirbhar Bharat” initiatives, focusing on self-reliant and sustainable development in the country’s rail sector. The partnership has already achieved early success by securing orders for metro coaches in Gujarat.
Titagarh and ABB’s Complementary Expertise
Titagarh specializes in the design, manufacture, supply, commissioning, and servicing of passenger rolling stock and metro coaches for both Indian and international markets. ABB, known for its expertise in the design, manufacture, and servicing of propulsion systems and electrical equipment for railways and metro systems, brings its global leadership to this partnership. Together, the companies aim to establish a strong presence in the Indian market and expand to other projects and countries.
Comprehensive Agreement on Propulsion Systems
The partnership entails Titagarh purchasing ABB’s propulsion systems, including traction converters, auxiliary converters, traction motors, and TCMS (Train Control and Monitoring Systems) software. Furthermore, it involves the transfer of manufacturing rights, production licenses for traction motors, and the complete technology transfer of the GoA 4 (Driverless metro) TCMS software from ABB to Titagarh.
Leaders’ Perspectives on the Collaboration
Edgar Keller, President of the Traction Business at ABB, expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership. He emphasized ABB’s role in sustainable rail transportation through energy-efficient technology produced in India. Umesh Chowdhary, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Titagarh, highlighted the partnership’s alignment with India’s Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India initiatives. He noted that this agreement marks a significant step in developing in-house capabilities for TCMS, including driverless systems.
Impact and Future Prospects
This strategic partnership between ABB and Titagarh Rail Systems is a significant move towards enhancing India’s metro rail infrastructure. It is expected to boost the development of local TCMS capabilities, further aligning with the government’s vision of Aatmanirbharta. With the ongoing orders for propulsion equipment and TCMS for metro coaches in Gujarat, the partnership is set to make a substantial impact on India’s rail transportation sector.