Activities in 2019: Talgo continues to consolidate its international presence, where 54% of 2018 orders came from outside Spain, accounting for 48% of turnover, in addition to expanding the range of services to suburban and regional.
Among them, the following projects stand out:
Mecca-Medina project in Saudi Arabia: awarded in 2011 to join these Saudi cities separated by 450 km. It is expected to reduce travel time to 2.5 hours and transport more than 60 million people per year. Due to the terrain conditions, innovative systems have been designed to improve comfort, protection against sand and desert dust. To perform the maintenance functions, Talgo has built its largest maintenance base to date.
Project Egypt, recently signed, Talgo will deliver to the Egyptian operator 6 trains composed of locomotive and 14 cars, in addition to maintenance for 8 years. This strengthens the international position of Talgo, which competed with the main railway manufacturers in the world.
Project Kazakhstan, started almost 20 years ago, has led to Talgo's competitive improvement over other companies, reducing travel time between Almaty and Astana by 12 hours without investments in infrastructure. In 2011 they extended the contract to add 436 additional cars.
Project Uzbekistan, using Talgo 250 units, is the first high-speed train in Central Asia. The service was published in 2011, 2 more units were added in 2015 and another 2 units in 2019. Talgo 250 allows high speed at low cost, with a minimum investment.
Spain Renfe Project, the national operator executed the purchase of an additional 15 years and 30 years of maintenance within the train offer. Avril signed at the end of 2016. The model Talgo Avril, has a novel internal distribution 3 + 2. The capacity of trains without affecting comfort and quality.
Metro Los Angeles Project, Talgo has won the Los Angeles transport consortium contest to remodel their trains, supplied by up to 4 different manufacturers and with intensive use. With this project, Talgo strengthens its position in the United States, expanding its commercial diversification.
DB Germany Project, Talgo has signed a contract with the German operator DB of 23 Talgo 230 units for an amount of 550 million euros, expandable up to 100 units. This project, without being the first that the company makes in Germany, if it is the most ambitious.
Over the past few years, Talgo has confirmed its intention to implement a long-term industrial plan in the United Kingdom. It already has a commercial office in London and is actively searching for sites to build a factory. Also, it was pre-qualified for the HS2 high-speed project, which will link London with Birmingham from 2026 in a first phase. The train offered is the Avril adapted to the UK market, whose role can be crucial in a market that demands capacity. Their intentions in the country are not focused only on the high-speed segment, but they are betting on the different tenders in process for the regional and suburban segment.
2019 is marked by both international high-speed and long-distance projects and the continuous development of solutions for the regional and suburban segments with Vittal. With this product range it will be possible to offer electric, diesel-electric or dual trains, with low consumption and with a single floor at platform height, which speeds loading and unloading of cars by up to 20%, facilitating also access to people with reduced mobility.