UK Rail Mission to China and 3rd Rail Working Group


Organised and led by Department for International Trade (DIT), this mission offers your company the opportunity to hear about the very latest rail/metro developments. You will also be able to promote your products and services to key Chinese decision making organisations and begin building new business relationships.
During Premier Li Keqiang’s visit in the UK in 2014, the Secretary of State for Transport signed an MoU on behalf of the UK Government with the National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC) signing for the Chinese. This paved the way for closer collabouration in the rail sector.
The Memorandum of Understanding –covers all modes of rail, including high speed and metro – states the scope of the partnership may include: the development of new build and the upgrading of rail infrastructure projects; the supply of products and services to third markets; collaboration on research and development within the rail sector; station design; equipment supply; rail transport safety and evaluation; and energy saving and environmental protection in rail.
Under this framework, both countries have also agreed to establish a government level Rail Working Group (RWG) to promote bilateral trade and investment. RWG meetings are rotated between the UK and China every year and are accompanied by rail trade missions. This year the 3rd RWG will take place in China and will be accompanied by a UK trade mission.
CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd – A subsidiary of the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), the world’s leading rolling stock manufacturer. The products cover the speed range from 60km/h to 380km/h. Qingdao Sifang has exported to more than 20 countries and regions since 1962. The company has also won major contracts in recent years for the supply of metro cars and high-speed EMU to Singapore, Hong Kong and Argentina. The company is keen to pursue the HS2 project in the UK and work with UK supply chain companies, as well as partner UK companies in third country markets.
Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Co. Ltd – Another subsidiary of CRRC, Zhuzhou provides core technologies and products to the rail industry including rail electric drive systems; network controls; converters; train control systems; signalling systems; electric control of rail engineering machinery and rolling stock; power semiconductor devices; industrial inverters; sensors and bus-bar in 20+ countries and regions around the world. The company acquired DYNEX, SMD Ltd and has closely collaborated with the University of Sheffield, the University of Nottingham and the University of Birmingham. The company is keen to work with international partners in R&D activities.
CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co. Ltd – China’s largest research and manufacturing company of electric locomotives with a reputation as the ‘Home of China’s Electric Locomotives’. The company is very proactive in overseas markets and keen to work with international supply chain companies.
Chongqing Rail Transit Group – A large State holding enterprise responsible for construction, operation and management of metro network in Chongqing. The group owns over 120billion RMB (£13.5billion) total assets and employs 14,000 staff. By 2020 the total length of metro network in Chongqing will exceed 412km. The long long term development plan is to build 18 lines to reach 820km in total at 0.69km/ network density.
The Group has needs in high-end, advanced, cost-effective technologies/services in the following areas:
  • Operations management: network-based operations, advanced management concepts, security management and consultancy services for operations
  • Maintenance: advanced maintenance technologies and solutions
  • Inspection: inspection technologies for safety, bridge, track and tunnel
  • System upgrade: technologies/services for system upgrade and replacement
Led by the Department for International Trade (DIT), the visit programme will involve spending five days in four cities in mainland China with a combination of a G2G meetings, business meetings and visits to manufacturing facilities. The DIT China Rail Team is now working closely with NDRC, the Chinese central planning department, on the mission programme.
Outlined below is a draft programme which is subject to final confirmation:
DAY 1: Beijing
  • am: Intellectual Property seminar by British Embassy
        Hong Kong MTR case study
  • pm: Transfer to Qingdao
DAY 2: Qingdao
  • am: 3rd Rail Working Group G2G meeting (government delegates attend only)manufacturing facilities tour (business delegates attend only)
  • pm: roundtable meetings and short elevator pitch presentations by UK participants
        factory tour
  • evening: stay overnight in Qingdao
DAY 3: Zhuzhou
  • am: early morning flight to Changsha and transfer to Zhuzhou
  • pm: manufacturing facilities tour at Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric and CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive
DAY 4:Zhuzhou
  • am: roundtable meetings with Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric and CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive
  • pm: fly to Chongqing
DAY 5: Chongqing
  • am: roundtable meetings with Chongqing Rail Transit Group
  • pm: mono-rail ride, depot tour
End of the programme
This mission is organised by DIT for free participation this year and is open to all UK companies. However, there are limited slots available and to ensure that UK companies get the most out of this mission and that the programme adds real value to your future business wins in the Chinese market; DIT will select the most relevant companies to attend the mission from those who have registered. DIT cannot guarantee that all registered companies will be able to join the mission.
Details of flights and accommodation will be provided upon receipt of your completed registration form.
Representatives of UK companies based in the region are very welcome to join the mission but we request that a company has a maximum of two representatives.
To register your interest, please email Yuki Ren – by Thursday 25 May attaching your company brochure and details of your product portfolio. Once we have received your information, we will assess your relevancy for this mission and if appropriate, we will email you a registration form. We aim to confirm participation for this mission by Wednesday 31 May 2017. If you would like further information you can also contact Yuki on +86 (0) 23 63691552.

Event Details

Start date: 2017-07-03

End date: 2017-07-07

Start time: 09:00

End time: 18:00

Venue: Beijing – Qingdao – Zhuzhou – Chongqing

Directions: Beijing – Qingdao – Zhuzhou – Chongqing

Phone: +86 (0) 23 63691552


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