posted on 9th Apr 2021 07:00
On 3 April 2021, TMH handed over the 300th passenger car to the Egyptian National Railways. The arrival in the port of Alexandria of a six-car batch from Dunakeszi plant takes the total amount of cars delivered to 301. Simultaneously, 22 more coaches coming from TVZ are on their way and expected to arrive in Alexandria in mid-April. Thus at the end of the month, TMH will have executed a quarter of the order for 1,300 coaches.
At present, 284 cars are operating on the Egyptian intercity network with an availability rate of over 97 % to the full satisfaction of ENR. Warranty activities are conducted by TMH local teams in the depot of Abu-Ghates, which has been modernised for this purpose. These third-class coaches, equipped with a dynamic ventilation and 88 seats, are connecting the Egyptian capital of Cairo to the cities of Alexandria to the north (208 km), Asyut (380 km) and Sohag (473 km) to the south. Later this year, TMH will start delivering the third-class air-conditioned coaches.
The production is now ramping up in Hungary to fulfill the 51 % localisation rate required by the financing agreement concluded between Hungary, Russia, and Egypt. Nowadays 90 employees are working in one shift on the ENR assembly line at DJJ and it is expected to double their number by end of the year and to reach a monthly output of 25 coaches.
The contract covers for the supply of 500 third-class cars with a dynamic ventilation together with 500 of air-conditioned ones, and 180 second-class, 90 first-class and 30 restaurant cars, all with HVAC.