Alstom has reaffirmed its pledge to develop its presence in Ukraine by opening a new office and appointing a dedicated business development manager.
Luca Erbacci, the train maker’s senior vice-president for Europe, made the commitment during a meeting with Ukrainian Railways and the country’s Ministry of Economic Development & Trade back in April.
Alstom already has experience of the 1520mm track gauge, having built locomotives in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
It has appointed former chief of export sales Vadym Pavlenko from Kryukovsky Railway Car Building Works to create direct contacts with main economic and rail stakeholders in Ukraine to identify the needs of the local market and look at potential partnerships.
Pavlenko, who has 13 years’ experience in national and international business development in the rail sector, will report to Alstom’s sales & business development director in Poland & Ukraine from the new office in Kiev.
Alstom believes its latest technologies and rail solutions can contribute to the ongoing development of international routes connecting Ukraine to the EU.
Gian Luca Erbacci said: “Alstom is very pleased to enter the Ukrainian market. We are committed to develop our activities in Ukraine and build partnerships with the local industry for the benefit of Ukraine’s economic development.
“We firmly believe that our long-term expertise in the railway sector, our experience of international partnerships across the world, and our knowledge of the 1520mm railway market, specifically in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, will help us serve the needs of Ukrainian Railways.”