Koreans support Hyundai Rotem

Koreans support Hyundai Rotem
Koreans support Hyundai Rotem

As the deadline for receiving applications for the international call for tenders for the acquisition of 168 trains approaches, Korean officials are increasing their meetings with Moroccan officials. The aim is to lobby to promote the application of the manufacturer of railway rolling stock Hyundai Rotem for this market worth 1.6 billion dollars.

Korean officials are mobilizing to support the application of the railway manufacturer Hyundai Rotem to the ONCF call for competition for the acquisition of 150 trains for inter-city services, fast and metropolitan shuttle trains and 18 high-speed trains for the extensions of high-speed lines. Last Thursday, the Minister of Transport and Logistics, Mohammed Abdeljalil, held a working meeting with the Korean Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Sangwoo Park.

The press release relating to this meeting states that “The two parties discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between Morocco and South Korea in the field of transport in general and railways in particular.”. The same source points out that “The Korean official expressed his country’s willingness to share with Morocco Korean expertise in the fields of industry and railway infrastructure, including the transfer of skills in railway maintenance and construction, in addition to the training of human resources.”. In this press release, there is no mention of Hyundai Rotem’s candidacy for the ONCF call for tenders, but according to Hespress fr’s sources, this visit by the Korean official, at the head of a large delegation, has the main aim of supporting the candidacy of his country’s railway manufacturer.

In parallel with the meeting between the two ministers, Hyundai Rotem CEO Lee Yong-Bae met with Minister of Industry and Trade Ryad Mezzour to introduce the “KTX” electric high-speed trains. Yong-Bae also shared Hyundai Rotem’s intention to build a train manufacturing plant in Morocco and transfer technology to the Kingdom.

It should be recalled that in March 2023, the Korean railway manufacturer took part in the World High Speed ​​Rail Congress in Marrakech, where it presented its know-how in the manufacturing of KTX trains, which are operated by Korea Railroad Corporation, the national railway operator of South Korea.

It should be noted that the ONCF will receive the application files for its international call for competition DC01/PM/2023 for the acquisition of 168 trains. According to our sources, five railway manufacturers are in the running to win this contract, namely the French Alstom, the Spanish Talgo and CAF, the Korean Hyundai Rotem and the Chinese CRRC.

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