CHINESE train-building joint venture Bombardier Sifang Power and Voith Turbo have signed a technology transfer agreement under which the German firm is to supply 20 noses for use on 200 km/h trainsets to be built in China.

The noses will feature retractable couplers, linked to the car body by hollow rubber springs. The couplers will be protected from snow and water ingress by doors which need to be suitable for use at temperatures down to -40íC.

The trains are expected to enter service from December. Once the initial batch of noses has been supplied, the Chinese firm will undertake future production locally.

Voith Turbo GmbH & Co, Germany