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Siemens Mobility Division wins record-breaking order

Belgian Railways orders Siemens trains for more than €1.4 billion

(PresseBox) (Erlangen, ) Siemens Mobility Division has received an order from the Belgian rail operator Société Nationale de Chemins de Fer Belge (SNCB) to supply 305 multiple-unit trains to be used in Belgium's regional rail service. The contract signed today is worth more than €1.4 billion and marks the biggest order Siemens has ever received in the rolling stock sector. The first trains will be manufactured at the Siemens plant in Krefeld-Uerdingen in Germany beginning in the summer of 2009 and are scheduled for delivery in the period from 2011 to 2016.

The trains are based on the design adopted for the new Siemens platform for regional trains. The Desiro ML can accommodate 280 passengers and has a top speed of 160 km/h. With a low boarding height, it also offers easy access for passengers with impaired mobility. The Desiro ML design meets current European standards and is therefore especially well suited for operation in all European countries. The first vehicles of this new product line are currently in the commissioning phase in Krefeld-Uerdingen and are scheduled to enter service for the German regional rail operator Mittelrheinbahn at the end of 2008. Previous generations of Desiro multiple units are already providing successful service in such countries as Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, the UK, Slovenia and the U.S.

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The Siemens Industry Sector is the worldwide leading supplier of production, transportation and building technologies. With integrated hardware and software technologies as well as comprehensive Industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity and efficiency of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six divisions: Building Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Drive Technologies and OSRAM. With around 209,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry achieved in fiscal 2007 (ended September 30) total sales of approximately EUR40 billion (unconsolidated).

The Siemens Mobility Division is the internationally leading provider of transportation and logistics solutions. With its "Complete Mobility" approach, the Division is focused on networking the various modes of transportation in order to ensure the efficient transport of people and goods. Complete Mobility combines the company's competence in operations control systems for railways and traffic control systems for roadways together with solutions for airport logistics, postal automation, traction power supplies and rolling stock for mass transit, regional and mainline services, as well as forward-looking service concepts.