Astra Arad works on designing new tram to no longer depend on Siemens


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Local plant Astra Vagoane Calatori Arad will launch a tram of own conception, at which is currently working to not depend anymore on Siemens, partner company in manufacturing Imperio model.

“We are developing this project to no longer depend on our external partner. Because in any tender that you internationally win, there are some conditions mate by the partner. In other words, you’re not independent,” Adrian Paraschiv, chief marketing officer of SC Astra Vagoane Calatori SA said on Saturday, during a speech at the presentation of the draft of Arad’s candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2021 title, Mediafax informs, quoted by

He referred to the partnership with Siemens to produce the only Romanian tram model Imperio, which is in circulation in Arad, after the municipality acquired six seals.

Paraschiv has not provided more details about the new model, but presented its housing.

“We changed the marketing policy. We do not sell anymore many and cheap. We sold many years in over 20 countries. Our philosophy was: many cheap wagons. In recent years, we direct our attention towards complex wagons and we have exported to Iran, Egypt, Italy, Brazil,” Paraschiv said.

He added that following the visits made by management in many European cities, it was noted that wagon fleets are very old, with an average of 40 years, and in city centers, especially in historic areas, polluting vehicles traffic is prohibited. Only the electric traction vehicles are admitted.

Paraschiv pointed out that under these conditions, there is a great opportunity for trams factory in Arad to participate in all auctions.

“While Arad tram infrastructure has been upgraded in recent years, so that it can be bought new seals, other cities “have lagged behind in this respect, but they will need new trams too”.

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