The EKZ joint venture has launched the production of on-board transformers for electric locomotives in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The production capacity of EKZ, which is comprised 75 per cent Alstom and 25 per cent Transmashholding, is expected to be 300 transformers per year with 100 employees at full capacity.
Bernard Peille, Alstom managing director for the Western and Central Asia Cluster, said: “Start of the new production demonstrates solid and long-term partnership with Kazakhstan.
“We are proud contributing to Kazakhstan’s machinery-building industry trough localisation of technology and production, creation of new working places and training for the local personnel.”
EKZ employs 440 people and is working on supplying and maintaining the Prima electric locomotives ordered by Kazakhstan’s national railway company KTZ.