Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has entered into a Technology Collaboration Agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI), Japan for the manufacture of stainless steel coaches and bogies for metros.
The agreement covers establishing advanced design, engineering and manufacturing facilities at BHEL, India using Japanese technology. It will also entitle BHEL for all technology advances and upgrades. BHEL has been supplying electric as well as diesel locomotives, EMUs, and propulsion system sets and drives to Indian Railways, for the last 50 years. Kolkata Metro, the first Metro in India, is equipped with a BHEL made propulsion system.
KHI is a manufacturer of heavy equipment/products and its Rolling Stock Company has supplied EMU (Metro/Commuter) trainsets to various countries including USA, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. KHI is also the manufacturer and supplier of the Shinkansen High Speed Bullet Trains, proposed to be introduced in India on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor.