Motion India’s Traction business has entered into an exclusive cooperation agreement with Titagarh Wagons Limited (TWL), the flagship Company of the Titagarh Group - one of the market leaders in the railway rolling stock (trains and freight wagons) business in India and Italy - to address the large and growing business of propulsion equipment (traction converters) for the Indian railway EMU/MEMU market. According to the agreement, TWL and ABB will work together to design, develop and manufacture state-of-the-art 3-phase IGBT based propulsion systems for EMU/MEMU which would be manufactured in Titagarh’s plant at Uttarpara, Kolkata.
“We are delighted to partner with Titagarh Wagons Limited (TWL) to supply our best-in-class traction technology. For over a decade, ABB has been associated with the Indian Railways in their electrification initiative and this new partnership with TWL further strengthens our local presence in providing sustainable transportation. At our world-class traction equipment manufacturing unit in Nelamangala near Bengaluru, we produce highly compact and light traction technology that improves locomotive’s energy efficiency, operational performance, and space for better passenger comfort,”said Sanjeev Sharma, Managing Director, ABB India.
This agreement goes into effect immediately with the first units to be put into revenue service in less than 2 years. Giving a boost to Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, the traction technologies will be manufactured at ABB’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Nelamangala, Karnataka that is fully equipped with in house design, manufacturing and testing capabilities.
“Entering the field of designing and manufacturing propulsion systems for the Indian Railways was a logical step in our strategy for the Indian Rolling Stock market. While our Italian subsidiary has been an established player in this field for the European systems, this agreement with ABB will help us to expedite and strengthen our presence in the Indian propulsion EMU/MEMU market which follows a 25 kV AC system. Titagarh’s expansion into the Propulsion business is yet another endeavour towards the success of the Make-in-India and Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan initiative of the Government of India,”said, Mr. Umesh Chowdhary, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Titagarh.
We got talking to Chandrakumar S, the local business manager, Traction business on how they entered into this strategic partnership,
“Our global leadership in railway technologies ensure that we can continue to develop and deploy the latest technology that ensures sustainable transportation. Behind this success in India is our team of highly motivated FES and technical staff that works tirelessly on meeting the technical, manufacturing and cost specifications,”
With partnership like these, the business is driving its agenda forward for a more sustainable future that is both user as well as environment friendly.