ABB and Titagarh Rail Systems have entered into a strategic partnership aimed at supplying propulsion systems for metro rolling stock projects in India. This collaboration aligns seamlessly with the Indian government’s ambitious “Make in India” and “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India) initiatives, demonstrating an early success by securing orders to design and supply metro coaches for the state of Gujarat.
Titagarh Rail Systems is renowned for its expertise in the design, manufacture, supply, commissioning, and servicing of various passenger rolling stock and metro coaches, catering to both Indian and international markets. On the other hand, ABB stands as one of the global leaders in the design, manufacture, and servicing of propulsion systems and electrical equipment for rolling stock used in railways and metro systems.
The strategic partnership is poised to leverage the strengths and synergies of both companies, aiming to establish a prominent presence in the Indian market and subsequently expand their reach to other projects and countries. This collaboration encompasses an agreement for Titagarh to procure ABB propulsion systems, covering traction converters, auxiliary converters, traction motors, and TCMS software. Additionally, the partnership includes securing manufacturing rights and production licenses for traction motors, along with the complete transfer of technology for the GoA 4 (Driverless metro) TCMS software from ABB to Titagarh.
Edgar Keller, President of Traction Business at ABB, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “ABB is established as a leading global player in the design, manufacture, supply, and servicing of traction propulsion systems and TCMS. This strategic partnership with Titagarh provides a strong foundation to enter and expand our footprint in this key market, while also supporting the efforts to make rail transportation in India sustainable through our energy-efficient technology, fully produced in India.”
Umesh Chowdhary, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Titagarh, highlighted the significance of the collaboration in the context of India’s self-reliance initiatives, saying, “Working in partnership with ABB will enable Titagarh to participate fully in our government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India initiatives.”
The partnership has already begun making strides, with orders secured for propulsion equipment and TCMS for metro coaches in Gujarat, one of India’s leading industrialized states. The collaboration not only addresses the current needs of the Indian market but also positions both companies for future growth and technological development in the rail transportation sector.