Škoda Group announced today entering into a contract with Uzbekistan Railways to supply 30 electric trains worth EUR 320 million. The agreement represents the largest contract ever awarded to a Czech company in Uzbekistan. It is a testimony to Czech and European Union companies’ importance in Uzbekistan and Central Asia. Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov attended the contract signing at Škoda Group’s headquarters in the city of Pilsen by Uzbek Transport Minister Ilkhom Makhkamov and his Czech counterpart Martin Kupka.
Škoda will supply Uzbekistan Railways with its wide-gauge electric train units that are already in production for rail operators in Latvia and Estonia. Škoda will begin the production during next year. The project is financed by Czech banks with support of the insurance export agency EGAP.
“The fact that we have been selected as a supplier of trains to Uzbekistan is not only a testament to the high quality of our vehicles, but also a significant step in strengthening international partnerships. This contract confirms the important role we play in shaping the future of international rail transport and we will set strategic cooperation with Uzbekistan Railways. The trains for Uzbekistan will have four cars and broad gauge (1520 mm). The main part of production will be held in our production site in Ostrava and part of the assembling of the vehicles will be held in Uzbekistan,” says Zdeněk Sváta, President Region Central East at Škoda Group.
“With these cutting-edge trains, we are on the path to revolutionize our railways and enhance the overall passenger experience. This collaboration is just the beginning of a promising partnership. We recognize the great potential for Škoda in Uzbekistan,” says Abdulla Aripov, Prime Minister of Republic of Uzbekistan.
“Lobbying for Czech companies is a standard part of our economic diplomacy. I am glad that our trip to Uzbekistan helped to conclude this contract, which is important for the entire Czech industry. The development of the relationship with Uzbekistan opens the way to this country for other Czech companies, not only in the transport sector,” concludes Martin Kupka, Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic.
Škoda’s modern electric train units offer exceptional performance, reliability and power efficiency. The Uzbekistan Railways units will consist of four cars with a broad gauge, featuring ergonomic seating and a fully air-conditioned interior. Passengers will enjoy onboard Wi-Fi connectivity, and an advanced external and internal camera system will enhance security. The trains will also incorporate partial low-floor design, ensuring full accessibility for all passengers. Production of these units for Uzbekistan will take place at Škoda Group’s production facility in Ostrava, well experienced in manufacturing trains for broad gauge tracks. Train sets for Latvia and Estonia are currently in production there.