Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation and Turkish based transportation manufacturer Bozankaya Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening their strategic partnership in the development of high speed trains for the Turkish rail market.
The agreement was signed in Ankara, Turkey, by Mr Murat Bozankaya, CEO of Bozankaya and Furio Rossi, Managing Director Turkey, Bombardier Transportation, in the presence of the Canadian Ambassador to Turkey, Azerbaidjan, Georgia and Turkmenistan, the Honourable John Holmes.
According to the agreement, both parties agree to work together in the context of an expected invitation to tender from the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) to develop and produce high speed trains. Turkey is eager to acquire quality high speed trains to operate on their newly developed tracks connecting Istanbul to the capital of Ankara, as well as for the entire Turkish high speed rail network.
Furio Rossi, Managing Director Turkey for Bombardier Transportation said, “Turkey has a clear vision of the critical role rail plays in sustainable economic development and is making strategic investments necessary to ensure that vision is realized. Turkey has stated it will invest over 45 billion USD for rail products and infrastructure. We at Bombardier see great potential in these plans and are pleased to have found a strategic partner in Bozankaya. We are looking forward to working together in providing innovative solutions to Turkey. With Bombardier’s know-how of engineering and transfer of technology, and Bozankaya’s expertise in manufacturing vehicles both locally and internationally, we will succeed in providing the best possible vehicles for Turkey, made in Turkey.”
Mr Bozankaya continued by stating, “In Bombardier, we have found a very complementary partner and together we can enable the Turkish people to get to their destinations in a quick and comfortable, reliable and modern mode of transit.”
Bombardier Transportation’s high speed and very high speed competency is known world-wide. The company has accumulated over 20-years’ experience in the high speed sector and has participated in the delivery of over 850 trains and vehicles for high speed and very high speed applications.