Strukton supplies traction converters for new Siemens Cityval and Airval vehicles

06 June 2014

Strukton Rolling Stock is to deliver traction converters for the new Siemens Cityval and Airval vehicles. Siemens and Strukton have signed a long-term agreement that ensures Siemens of the supply of modern traction equipment consisting of traction converters and traction control electronics, meeting Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3).

Siemens Cityval and Airval vehicles 

The first order under the agreement is the delivery for the new French metro Rennes line b vehicles. The traction converters for the Rennes metro will go through an extensive test programme in 2016.

“We are delighted to be selected by Siemens, which adopts strict qualification and selection procedures. This underlines our strong performance in the field of traction converters and control logic over the last years. Now that we have got there, we will make sure that the Cityval and Airval vehicles will have a top quality traction chain for decades to come. ”

Martien Janse, director Strukton Rolling Stock

Cityval and Airval are the latest generation of the VAL (Véhicule Automatique Léger) people mover system. Siemens’ fully automated transportation system which was first introduced some thirty years ago. Strukton has already successfully provided new traction systems for the mid-life renovation projects of the Chicago airport VAL people mover and the urban (metro) VAL system in Toulouse. Now Siemens has selected Strukton for all new VAL vehicles.

Rennes metro Line b

The new 12.6 km long line b of the Rennes metro will run from Mermoz in the southwest to Champs Blancs in the northeast, calling on 15 stations. In addition to the 19 two-car trainsets, Siemens will supply the complete track and electrification system consisting of Trainguard MT CBTC signalling, platform screen doors, telecommunications equipment and an operational control centre and depot.

About Strukton Rolling Stock

Strukton Rolling Stock provides technological solutions for rolling stock. As one of the few independent and financially strong suppliers, Strukton Rolling Stock has a unique position in the world market for delivering traction converters, auxiliary converters and train control management systems. Strukton uses its modern power modules for custom-made systems for renovation and newly-built trams, trains and locomotives. Systems are designed and manufactured in the Netherlands. It is our mission to make existing and new rail vehicles more sustainable and cost effective. Further information

Image source: Siemens Rennes line b brochure (2013)