Voith, a specialist for intelligent drive solutions, has received another major order from the Korean vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Rotem for the extension of the metro in Delhi, India, until 2018. Voith will deliver 162 automatic and 162 intermediate automatic Scharfenberg couplers for the 81 vehicles of Line 10 of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The delivery scope also includes 648 semi-permanent couplers and 1,296 SE-347 gear units, all of which will be manufactured in India at the Voith location in Hyderabad. Production will start in autumn 2014, delivery will take place from 2015 to 2018. The route network of the Delhi metro covers about 190 kilometers, the trains run at two and a half minute intervals. An enormous development in the fast-growing megacity with over 16 million inhabitants. Delhi Metro entered service as recently as 2002, with extension phase 3 meanwhile being in full swing. Voith has been part of this development right from the start: the first metro trains have already been fitted with gear units and Scharfenberg couplers from Voith. The orders come on the basis of Voth’s ability to manufacture in India, thus increasing the share of locally produced components in the trains. So far, Voith has delivered more than 320 semi-permanent couplers and over 668 automatic couplers type 330, as well as about 1,200 gear units and 350 complete wheelsets for DMRC. Voith has been producing semi-permanent couplers for the Indian market at its site in Hyderabad from as early as 2012. From May this year, Line 9 in Delhi will also receive 184 complete wheelsets with SE-344 gear units.
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