BEIJING, Oct. 26, 2009 (Kyodo News International) -- China's Ministry of Railways has concluded a contract to buy 140 bullet trains from a Chinese train maker affiliated with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.
In the deal worth about 45 billion yuan (604 billion yen), China will buy the trains which can run at a maximum speed of 350 kilometers per hour from Nanche Sifang Locomotive, which has a technology licensing agreement with Kawasaki Heavy, the sources said.
The high-speed trains will be manufactured using Kawasaki Heavy's technology for Hayate trains which run on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line in Japan. The new trains serve between Beijing and Shanghai and Beijing and Guangzhou from the first half of 2010.
Japanese railway-related manufacturers which produce motor, brake and other railway parts may also be benefited from the contract, the sources said.
China began high-speed train services on the line between Beijing and Tianjin last year and is building up similar lines in other parts of the country.
China has also placed orders to a Chinese train maker affiliated with Germany's Siemens (NYSE:SI) AG and a joint venture set up by Canada's aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.D) (TSX:BBD.C) (TSX:BBD'B) (TSX:BBD'A) and a Chinese firm.