Siemens Thailand expressed its commitment to procuring rolling stock for several planned mass-transit lines as a bundle
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- Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 17:07:46 -0700 (PDT)
Siemens committed to bundle deal
By SASITHORN ONGDEE
Published on May 28, 2009
Siemens Thailand yesterday clearly expressed its commitment to
procuring rolling stock for several planned mass-transit lines as a
bundle, possibly supplied by a carriage-assembly plant it proposed to
"We're a service provider, but depending on the government's
requirements," new president and CEO Anthony Chay said.
"It's too early to say on how to set [it] up," he said, referring to
the size and cost of the plant.
The concept was proposed to the government led by Deputy Prime
Minister Korbsak Sabhavasu at the second meeting of the German-Thai
Joint Economic Committee in Berlin early this month.
Siemens also said know-how and technology would be transferred to the
Chay said the possible size should be for at least 100 coaches.
Siemens will source materials here, in order to provide local content
to the plant if possible.
He said Korbsak agreed at the meeting that the concept was
interesting, but needed to be considered in greater detail.
Besides procuring rolling stock as a whole, Siemens also suggested
that use of the existing Mass Rapid Transit Authority depot, where
assembly operations would be located, should be at zero cost and come
with Board of Investment privileges, according to its paper presented
at the meeting.
Setting up the train-assembly plant is one of three main issues Chay
The other two are a plan to launch a master's-degree course in rail-
transport engineering and an intention to support Bangkok as a world-
class mass-transit-oriented city in the 21st century. Siemens is a
market leader in Thailand's rolling stock and electrical-engineering
supplies for railway transportation systems. It has been active in the
market here for 15 years.
It is the main supplier for the Skytrain and the subway, as well as
the Airport Rail Link, which will connect inner Bangkok with
Suvarnabhumi Airport and is scheduled to begin trial runs on August
Besides the upcoming tender for the Purple Line, linking Bang Yai to
Bang Sue, the government, led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva,
recently announced plans to construct 10 more mass-transit lines.
The new routes are expected to cost more than Bt500 billion.
As a package, Siemens also proposed a master's-degree course in rail-
transport engineering at the Sirindhorn International Thai-German
Graduate School of Engineering, which was formed seven years ago by an
alliance of four German and Thai educational institutions.
"This is a long-term commitment to contribute our knowledge and
technology here in Thailand," Chay said.
The alliance has prepared for the course and is now ready to kick it
off, he said.
Since 1995, Siemens Thailand has employed and trained some 600 local
staff and is keen to further increase local knowledge transfer.
"We want to play a major role in this country," Chay said.
The company also wants to help the government develop Bangkok into a
world-class mass-transit-oriented metropolis by 2050.
On February 1, Chay became the first Asian to take over the leadership
of Siemens Thailand, with additional responsibility for Burma and
Siemens Thailand is a leading electrical and engineering firm, with
energy, industrial and healthcare operations.
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