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Wagon Pars is an Iranian train and locomotive manufacturer established in 1974,[1] in Arak.[2] Products include locomotives, trains, metros, freight and fuel railroad cars, and equipment for passenger boarding of aircraft.[1] This Company is the largest Rolling Stocks manufacturer in the Middle East.[3]

Wagon Pars
Public
IndustryRail Transport
Founded1974; 45 years ago (1974)
FounderIDRO Group
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
Products
Services
Websitewagonpars.com
AD43C locomotive production at Wagon Pars

HistoryEdit

The organization began rolling stock manufacturing in 1984.[4] In 1999, the factory reached an agreement with GEC-Alstom to produce under license the AD43C mainline locomotives.[5][6][7]

In 2007 the company manufactured Iran's first express train: a four coach, 252 passenger, 160 km/hr train.[8] In 2009 the company had a production capacity of 1800 vehicles per annum, and was operating at 20% of that figure.[4]

In the first decade of the 21st century the company received export orders for Cuba, including a 60 billion rial order for 550 freight wagons,[9] (completed Sept. 2009[10]) and 200 passenger vehicles[11] Also in 2009 the company obtained a €80 million contract with Vietnam Railways for the supply of 200 passenger vehicles - 40 of which would be produced by Wagon Pars, the remainder assembled in Vietnam as part of a technology transfer agreement.[12]

In 2009 and 2010, workers at the Wagon Pars factory staged protests due to lack of payment of wages; the company is thought to be in financial difficulties due to mismanagement. The acquisition by Iran Khodro during the 2005-2010 Privatization of Iranian industries is claimed to have contributed to the company's poor financial state.[13]

In May 2010 the company announced it was going to help set up a rolling stock factory in Syria. The plant is to have a production capacity of 300 wagons, and also be able to repair passenger coaches.[14][15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Wagon Pars Company". investing.businessweek.com. Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Wagonpars Company - About Us". www.wagonpars.com. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011.
  3. ^ "واگن پارس", ویکی‌پدیا، دانشنامهٔ آزاد (in Persian), 31 October 2018, retrieved 4 November 2018
  4. ^ a b "Iran: 17 Billion Euro Foreign Investment in Rail Industry". www.payvand.com. Payvand. 19 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Iranians to build AC diesels". www.railwaygazette.com. Railway Gazette International. 1 February 1998.
  6. ^ "Main line Locomotive AD43C (Under License of Alstom)" (PDF). www.wagonpars.com. Wagon Pars Co. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2011.
  7. ^ "ALSTOM to supply 100 diesel-electric locomotives in Iran". www.alstom.com (Press release). Alstom. 27 October 1999. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Iran Manufactures 1st Express Train". www.iran-daily.com. Iran Daily. 3 February 2007. Archived from the original on 2 June 2009.
  9. ^ "Wagon Pars sells 550 wagons to Cuba". Tehran Times. 10 August 2009.
  10. ^ "World rolling stock market September 2009". www.railwaygazette.com. Railway Gazette International. 17 September 2009. Iranian firm Wagon Pars has supplied 100 covered vans to Cuba under a 60bn rial contract, completing an order for 550 wagons
  11. ^ "Wagon Pars selling 200 passenger rail cars". www.cubastandard.com. 28 May 2010.
  12. ^ Sources:
  13. ^ Sources:
    "Crisis at Wagon Pars". iranlaborreport.com. Iran Labor Report. 3 February 2010.
    "Workers of the Wagon Pars Factory on Strike". hopoi.org. Hands Off the People of Iran. 31 August 2009.
    "Iran: Wagon Pars workers stage sit-in over unpaid wages". www.marxistcom. 3 September 2009.
    "1700 Iranian workers on hunger strike". hopoi.org. 13 October 2009.
  14. ^ "Iran's Wagon Pars to open factory in Syria". www.menafn.com. 16 May 2010.
  15. ^ "Iran to Establish Wagon Production Plant in Syria" (PDF), IDRO English Bulletin, Industrial development and renovation organisation of Iran (IDRO) (11): 4, September 2011

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