KTZ Alstom KZ4AT passenger locomotive

KAZAKHSTAN: Alstom Kazakhstan and Knorr-Bremse Russia have signed a comprehensive agreement for the corrective and preventive maintenance of braking systems on up to 200 twin-section freight locomotives and 95 passenger locomotives being supplied to national railway KTZ. This includes the supply of replacement parts.

Alstom and Knorr-Bremse contract signing

The agreement runs for 25 years per locomotive. The first entered service in 2013, and the deal is expected to run until 2051.

‘We are very happy to have sealed this long-term, comprehensive service agreement’, said Dr Jürgen Wilder, Knorr-Bremse executive board member responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division, on December 6. ‘The agreement highlights our strong position as a competent, global aftermarket specialist and a strategic, close-to-the-customer service partner.’

‘As a growing hub for rail-borne trade, Kazakhstan plays an important role in intraregional and intercontinental freight transport’, added Harald Schneider, management board member responsible for Knorr-Bremse’s Rail Vehicle Systems division in the CIS region. ‘We are excited to be able to strengthen our position in this dynamic market’.