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Forum to help China-built high-speed railways go global

(chinadaily.com.cn) | 2020-01-13

The China International Railway Import and Export Summit Forum was held on Jan 10 in Qingdao, Shandong province to discuss the current situation of the rail transit industry and its future development trajectory.

The event, jointly organized by the Qingdao rail transit industry demonstration zone management committee, the Qingdao municipal administration for market regulation, and SGS-CSTC Standards Technical Services Co, consisted of round-table meetings, keynote speeches, and forums.

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The China International Railway Import and Export Summit Forum is held on Jan 10 in Qingdao, Shandong province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

SGS-CSTC Standards Technical Services Co, founded in 1991, is a joint venture between SGS Group and China Standard Science and Technology Group. SGS is the global leader in testing, inspection, and certification. It has 95,000 employees worldwide and operates out of 1,200 offices and laboratories.

Wim van Loon, executive vice president industrial of SGS Group, said that rail and metro infrastructure has been essential for economic development for decades, and with recent technological trends and global environmental challenges, this trend is expected to continue.

He said that the rail market is expected to continue to grow rapidly in the coming decades, liberalization initiatives in Europe have created new opportunities, and public transport is continuing to modernize around the world.

He mentioned that recent innovations brought to the market, such as CRRC's high-speed maglev system and technology and self-driving "rail bus", will transform and revolutionize public transport infrastructure around the world.

He added that close cooperation with industry leaders is necessary in order to correctly address the needs of the market, and that strengthening relations and supporting China's railway industry are key to successful development.

Qingdao, home to CRRC Sifang and Bombardier, is now enjoying robust growth in its high-speed train manufacturing sector.

Around 65 percent of China's EMU trains set off on their first trip from Qingdao and 25 percent of subway trains running across China have been produced there.

Fuxing bullet trains, China's latest self-developed new-generation bullet trains, were also developed in Qingdao.

The Qingdao rail transit industry demonstration zone, established in November 2018, focuses on the high-quality development of the city's rail transportation sector.

Qin Qingsong, director of the demonstration zone management committee, said that the local government has been ramping up efforts to make the demonstration zone a global leader in the high-speed rail sector and fuel the city's shift from old growth drivers to new ones.

The demonstration zone will work with SGS-CSTC Standards Technical Services Co to build a rail transit vehicle export service center and a testing and certification center.

The facilities have a planned investment of 1.2 billion yuan ($173 million) and will help China's high-speed trains go global. They will also help solve issues such as complex certification standards and testing systems and enhance the international influence of China's rail transit products.