Factory completes one year of manufacturing, on track to roll out 100th India locomotive
Two years ago, at the same IREE event, legacy GE Transportation announced the arrival of its first 4500 horsepower (HP) locomotive at the Mundra Port. To date, there are 135 such locomotives in revenue service with the Indian Railways, including 85 that were fully manufactured in India and is set to have 70 percent local content. Wabtec’s 6000 HP diesel-electric locomotive, the first in India, is currently undergoing test trials on Indian Railways track and is expected to enter revenue service soon.
The state-of-the-art Marhowra factory is operated by a diverse and talented workforce, comprised of over 25 percent women. Wabtec’s partnership with both global and local suppliers has helped establish an integrated ecosystem, enabling a fast ramp up of local manufacturing and creating more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs across India.
The Roza maintenance shed has completed regular maintenance of 100 locomotives and trained 1800 + Indian Railways Locomotive Pilots through the company’s training institute. This globally trained service team, in partnership with Wabtec’s Real-Time Monitoring and Diagnostic Centre at Roza, is helping ensure exceptional reliability across the Indian Railways locomotive fleet.
“The team’s passion for these locomotives and determination to meet project deliverables is unmatched, as demonstrated by the results we’ve seen so far,” said Wabtec’s Sandeep Selot, Managing Director, GE Diesel Electric Locomotive Private Limited. “We are proud to receive positive feedback on the overall experience of our locomotives from the locopilots themselves, including ease of operation, ergonomic comfort, improved visibility and enhanced tractive effort. This excites us even more as we approach the next milestones for the project.”
In addition to Wabtec’s progress on locomotive production, the company’s community outreach programs in and around the Marhowra factory have fueled vocational training and educational equity. Efforts have resulted in skill development for over 250 female entrepreneurs and increased attendance by the students at the Talpuraina Middle School where Wabtec employees serve as volunteer instructors.
“As Wabtec continues to integrate as one company, we look forward to the meaningful impact we can have on India’s future economic development,” said Dr. Sujatha Narayan, Regional General Manager for Wabtec Corporation in India.
Wabtec Corporation is exhibiting at the International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREE) 2019, October 22-24 at Hall no. 2, stall 47.
About Wabtec Corporation
Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. The freight portfolio features a comprehensive line of locomotives, software applications and a broad selection of mission-critical controls systems, including Positive Train Control (PTC). The transit portfolio provides highly-engineered systems and services to virtually every major rail transit system around the world, supplying an integrated series of components for buses and all train-related market segments that deliver safety, efficiency and passenger comfort. Along with its industry-leading portfolio of products and solutions for the rail and transit industries, Wabtec is a leader in mining, marine and industrial solutions. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at: www.WabtecCorp.com.
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