Siemens and Russian Machines to partner on Moscow Metro bid

Siemens and Russian Machines Corporation have established a new joint venture in a bid to compete for a contract to build Moscow’s new fleet of metro trains.

Moscow Metro has already indicated that it plans to procure around 3,000 cars between now and 2020 and the partnership, which will be headquartered in Moscow, hopes to strengthen its chances by setting up locally.

Announcing the joint venture, Siemens said that the new company will employ around 800 people.

Jochen Eickholt, chief executive of the Rail Systems Division at Siemens, said: “Siemens is the most successful foreign provider of rail technology in the Russian market.

“We want to further reinforce this role in the country. With Russian Machines, we have won one of the most renowned industrial companies in Russia as a partner.”

In September last year, Siemens and Russian Machines unveiled a concept design for the next generation of Moscow metros at Expo 1520.

Bombardier and UVZ have already established a similar partnership and developed their own concepts, having already won a contract to supply trams to the Russian capital.