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BKM Holding to increase tram production capacity by 50%

11 March 2024
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Assembly of the single-car tram at the Minsk plant
Assembly of the single-car tram at the Minsk plant. Source: BKM Holding
Belov Sergey, Editor-in-Chief, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency
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Savenkova Ekaterina, Editorial Contributor to International Projects of ROLLINGSTOCK Agency
Stolchnev Alexey, Russian Projects Editor, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency

Belarus: The company told ROLLINGSTOCK that it is now preparing to increase the monthly output of its plant in Minsk, Belarus.

“Today, the monthly production capacity of the plant is up to ten single-car trams. Given the current demand in our key markets, we are preparing to increase the monthly output to 15 single-car and three-car trams”, the company said.

According to the Belarusian machine builder, it ensures the production of all the necessary components. Some of these, such as reduction drives, frames, beams, and brake systems, are produced jointly with companies in Belarus and Russia.

The company needs to increase production capacity as it has signed contracts to manufacture trams for Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Samara, and tram kits for Novosibirsk for further assembly. The parties are now negotiating the number of trams to be built and the sources of financing for another project relating to the delivery of 10 to 15 bodies based on the T811 tram to Ufa.

The company has two assembly sites in Russia. The Vorsma plant is expected to build more than 100 tram cars in 2024, while the BKM-Sibir plant can refurbish 60 to 80 trams per year.

2023 was a record year for the company in terms of production, although sales were slightly below the stated capacity. ROLLINGSTOCK estimates that BKM Holding and its joint ventures delivered around 40 trams and tram kits last year. At the same time, authorities in several Russian regions reported delays in deliveries of the BKM Holding trams, and Minsk, the capital of Belarus, said it had postponed purchases due to high capacity utilisation.

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