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ŠKODA TRANSTECH SUPPLIES GERMAN SCHÖNEICHE WITH NEW AND FINAL ARTIC

18.02.2020

Schöneiche/Helsinki, 18.02.2020 – Škoda Transtech of the Škoda Transportation Group delivers the third ForCity Smart Artic X34 tram to German Schöneicher-Rüdersdorfer Strassenbahn GmbH (SRS). The tram was newly manufactured in Škoda Otanmäki Works, Finland.

The delivery marks the end of the production of the ForCity Smart Artic Helsinki. Schöneiche already purchased two Helsinki Artic pre-series vehicles in October 2018. The vehicle will arrive to Germany during week 8 and is then being prepared for homologation.

 “We are very happy to provide SRS with yet another state-of-the-art Artic tram that offers German passengers accessible 100%-low floor yet comfortable and silent mobility. At the same time this marks the end of an entire era for Skoda Transtech and the ForCitySmart Artic Helsinki production of altogether 73 vehicles. We are delighted, that it ends on a high note with the delivery to an international market,” says Juha Vierros, CEO of Škoda Transtech.

The ForCity Smart Artic Helsinki tram is based on an original idea of Helsinki City Transport (HKL) and has been developed in collaboration between HKL and Škoda Transtech. The first Artic trams have been in operation in Helsinki since 2013.There are currently 70 Artic trams in passenger traffic. Altogether, Helsinki City Transport has purchased a total of 72 vehicles of ForCity Smart Artic tram type. Schöneiche receives the 73rd which is also the last Helsinki tram of this type produced fully in Finland. Currently in production are the trams for Helsinki Jokeri line and Tampere, ForCity Smart Artic X54 and ForCity Smart Artic X34 Tampere.

 

Notes for editors:

Škoda Transportation Group

Škoda Transportation Group is a leading European company in the field of transportation engineering. Its products include low-floor trams, electric locomotives, suburban trains, metro trains, electric buses and trolleybuses, as well as control and propulsion systems for transportation systems. Škoda Transportation has several subsidiaries in the Czech Republic as well as in Germany, Finland, Hungary and Russia. It employs more than five thousand people in its companies. It"s only thanks to its big investments in research and development that Škoda Transportation Group can regularly bring new modern products to the market that successfully find their place in foreign markets. It has invested over three billion crowns in research and development over the last years.

Škoda Transtech

Finnish company Škoda Transtech was founded in 1985. In 2015 Transtech became a member of Škoda Transportation Group. Today Škoda Transtech is a leading European rolling stock manufacturer of low-floor trams and double deck coaches as well as an important contract manufacturer of demanding engineering workshop products. The Škoda Transtech’s headquarter is located in Oulu and production site is in Otanmäki. The company’s sales office as well as maintenance services are located in Helsinki. Currently Škoda Transtech is supplying trams to the Finnish metropolis of Helsinki, the city of Tampere and coaches for Finnish Railways. Škoda Transtech will also participate in supplying of modern trams for German transport company Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr (rnv). In 2018 Škoda Transtech sold two Helsinki prototype tramcars to German Schöneiche and an entirely new vehicle in 2019.

PPF Group

Škoda Transportation is part of the PPF Group. PPF Group invests into multiple market segments such as banking and financial services, telecommunications, biotechnology, insurance, real estate, and agriculture. PPF’s reach spans from Europe to Russia, Asia and North America.