GE Signs Agreement for Locomotive Service Center with PT Kereta Api Indonesia
Erie, Penn., USA -– GE Transportation and PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PTKAI), Indonesia’s state-owned railway, announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a Locomotive Service Alliance and Joint Operations. The MOU creates a framework by which GE Transportation and PTKAI will create a Locomotive Service Center for the ASEAN region whose members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
According to the MOU, GE will work together with PTKAI to improve maintenance practices and specifically address improvement at the Yogyakarta service facility in order to provide maximum availability of GE diesel-electric locomotives in the PTKAI fleet. GE will also provide expert training in the U.S. and in Indonesia to PTKAI staff.
Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of GE Transportation, said: “GE Transportation has had a long partnership with Indonesia, the MOU will provide reliable locomotive services to the country for decades. We are looking forward to serving our customer PTKAI and contributing to Indonesia’s sustainable infrastructure growth for many years to come.”
The MOU also calls for GE to establish regional distribution with a readily available inventory of spare parts for quick delivery to PTKAI service facilities. This will reduce the locomotive service time so they can be returned to revenue service sooner.
GE will also establish a traction motor remanufacturing center to serve the ASEAN region at the PTKAI Yogyakarta service facility. GE will advise on remanufacturing processes reflecting its lean manufacturing practices. GE will also recommend the machinery and tooling for remanufacturing traction motors to meet the highest industry standards. GE will provide expert training to assist PTKAI in traction motor remanufacturing. When certified as a GE Remanufacturer of GE Traction Motors, PTKAI will provide remanufacturing service for GE traction motors in the ASEAN region.
GE works to power and move the ASEAN region with GE’s most technologically advanced, fuel efficient, cost effective, and reliable locomotives to-date. Currently there are approximately 250 GE locomotives in operation in Indonesia, including some that have been successfully operating for more than 34 years. The number of train passengers increases every year in Indonesia and the need for safe, reliably maintained locomotives has become increasingly important. PTKAI has improved its services through a number of initiatives, including upgrades of capital equipment.
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