Siemens Forms JV With EMEF
Siemens Mobility has formed a joint venture with the Portuguese maintenance company EMEF, a subsidiary of Portugal’s national railway company “Comboios de Portugal” (CP), for the maintenance of Siemens locomotives in Portugal. This joint venture is to service and maintain a total of 54 locomotives, 25 LE 4700 type and 29 LE 5600 type Eurosprinter locomotives for a period of ten years. Joint maintenance of these electric locomotives will consolidate the strategic partnership between Siemens Portugal and CP. Siemens holds a 49% share in this joint venture, while EMEF holds 51 percent.
Siemens is the first private company which will be involved in the customer’s rolling stock maintenance in Portugal. Nationwide, CP has a railway network covering more than 3,000 kilometers and transports over 133 million passengers and 10 million metric tons of goods every year. This joint venture has been formed on the basis of the longstanding local cooperation with CP and EMEF.
The units to be maintained consist of electric locomotives belonging to the Eurosprinter platform developed by Siemens and are used both for passenger service and for freight transport. These include the high-performance universal locomotive LE 5600, of which Siemens delivered all units to CP up to 1996, and 25 LE 4700 type electric locomotives, which CP ordered in December 2005. The first locomotive was delivered in February this year, the last locomotive was handed over to the customer five months ahead of schedule in September. Three LE 4700 type locomotives were completely built at Siemens’ plant in Munich. Body construction and preassembly of the remaining 22 took place in Germany, while EMEF was in charge of the final assembly in Portugal.
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