Stadler (Switzerland), which produces trams, trains for the railroad and metro, will build two factories in Kharkiv for 4,000 jobs, acting mayor of Kharkiv Ihor Terekhov has said.
"On October 6, an agreement will be signed with the Swiss company Stadler. After signing the document, the city council will begin negotiations with the company so that Electrotyazhmash could become one of the related enterprises of the company," he said.
As reported, in late August, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ukrzaliznytsia, Stadler CIS AG, Stadler Rail AG and the Swiss Export Risk Insurance agency SERV signed a memorandum of understanding, which defines the basis for cooperation and a mechanism for joint work on the development of railway transport in Ukraine.
Within the framework of cooperation with Stadler, it is planned to purchase 30 suburban electric trains for Kyiv, another 30 will be distributed between Kharkiv and Dnipro. The cooperation also assumes the localization of Stadler production in Ukraine.
Currently, the Stadler Flirt electric train is being tested in Ukraine, and the company has provided Kharkiv with a three-section tram for operational tests.
During his visit to Electrotyazhmash, Terekhov also said that the city's tram fleet would be completely renewed in four years.