Skoda Transportation has won the tender for the delivery of trams for the City of Chemnitz transport authority. In total, the Pilsen Company will deliver 14 modern vehicles of the ForCity family to the German city. The total price of the contract is about 950m Czech crowns.
"The passengers were travelling in our ForCity Alfa tram during the in a unique trial rides in Chemnitz, 2012. Within the customer’s survey, the then operation has been evaluated as being very successful. We would like to acknowledge the results of many years of work of our businessmen, technicians, designers and other experts," says Tomas Ignacak, Chairman of the Skoda Transportation Board of Directors.
Skoda Transportation will deliver to Chemnitz the 100% low-floor ForCity Classic trams, equipped with a stainless steel case with an axle-support chassis and gearless drive. The first tramcar will be delivered for a trial operation for several months in the summer of 2018. The entire fleet will be delivered by the summer of 2019. "The Chemnitz transport authority has shown a great confidence in the Skoda Transportation products which we regard as an enormous success and also commitment. After the contract for trains for the Deutsche Bahn and after the successful tender for the National Express (S-Bahn Nuremberg), it is the first Skoda Transportation contract for trams in Germany," adds Zdenek Majer, vice president of Skoda Transportation.
The Pilsen Company has won the tender in the context of a very challenging competitions against other major tram manufacturers. "This success proves that our ForCity trams can compete successfully against the world's biggest manufacturers in one of the most demanding markets; therefore, they can successfully serve in Western European cities' public transport. This also confirms our long-standing strategy to consolidate the position of the company in West Europe," adds Zdenek Majer.
The company prospers on the German market, in August 2013, Skoda Transportation signed a contract with the Deutsche Bahn Regio German operator for the delivery of six modern train sets that will soon be introduced at the Innotrans international Fair. In November of the same year, the Company established a subsidiary company Skoda Transportation Deutschland GmbH in the German city of Munich. Moreover, the Skoda Company won a tender last year for the delivery of 39 single-deck electric units for commuter transportation in Nuremberg; however, the so far unsuccessful candidates have appealed against the decision.
About Škoda Transportation
Škoda Transportation is a traditional Czech company engaged in the field of transport engineering, with a strong position in both domestic and world markets. Establishment of Škoda Transportation is connected with the specialisation restructuring and financial restructuring of the company resulting in acquisition of a strategic owner.