Molinari Rail to set up manufacturing and assembly unit in India

Swiss major, Molinari Rail will set up a manufacturing and assembly centre for auxiliary power units for diesel locomotives in India by next year.

Molinari Rail AG has entered into a strategic pact to design, manufacture and deliver the auxiliary power units (APUs) for 1,000 diesel locomotives to be built in India for Indian Railways.

“We have a project for Indian Railways and we will manufacture and assemble auxiliary power units here in India for the 1,000 diesel.”With this component we are contributing highly to greener rail operations in India. By this, Molinari Rail is following the ‘Make in India’ strategy of creating new jobs and local expertise,” Michele Molinari, president and CEO of the Molinari Rail Group, told PTI here.However, he declined to share details about the investment needed for the project.

Molinari, who is also the board member of SwissRail Industry Association, said the group will form a Lucknow-base.”We will have a company here in India which we will set up together with Prag Group of Industries at Lucknow and there we will combine long standing Indian and Swiss rail expertise as a new player in the Indian rail industry,” he said.

“We are already assembling the first prototypes this year in Lucknow in collaboration with Prag. It will be a Molinari managed company” he added.He said the company is eying some other projects in the railways sector as well.

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