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Azerbaijan to Build New Car Manufacturing Plant

The construction of a new car factory for manufacturing modern passenger cars in Azerbaijan is expected to start in 2014, Azerbaijan Railways LTD's press service director, Nadir Azmammadov, told Trend on January 6.

The factory is projected to be established in Azerbaijan's second largest city, Ganja, he added.

He said the new plant, which will be established on the basis of Ganja train depot, will not only manufacture modern passenger cars, but also repair old ones.

"Currently, the project is in the stage of preparation in order to start its implementation in the coming months," Azmammadov said.

Earlier, Azerbaijani Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov said at the opening ceremony of the administrative building of the Ganja Train Station that negotiations on the construction of the passenger car plant are currently underway with the Swiss company Stadler.

Currently, the passenger cars of Azerbaijan Railways are repaired abroad, in particular in Ukraine and Russia due to the lack of necessary infrastructure.

The State Statistics Committee reported that Azerbaijan produced 326 passenger cars in the first six months of 2013, 3.4 times more than the same period in 2012.

The Swiss Stadler Rail Group, with its ten sites in Bussnang, Altenrhein, Winterthur (Switzerland), Berlin (Germany), Siedlce (Poland), Pusztaszabolcs, Szolnok (Hungary), Czech Republic (Prague), Italy (Meran), and Algiers (Algeria), is focusing on regional and suburban service markets, regional express railway service, and streetcars.

Stadler Rail has positioned itself as a supplier, complementing global rail vehicle builders such as Alstom, Bombardier, and Siemens.

Source: AzerNews

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