KOMPAS.com - State-owned train manufacturing company PT Industri Kereta Api Indonesia (Inka) said it has received an order for 262 freight trains or container flat wagons from KiwiRail Holdings Limited, an operator of New Zealand's rail network.
PT Inka’s general manager of marketing Wai Wahdan hoped that the project could enhance the role of the company in the rail industry worldwide. Previously, Inka has also supplied for projects in Australia.
“This project is expected to be a big step for PT Inka to have a significant stake in the Oceania railway market after supplying 224 blizzard center sills for BradkenRail of Australia previously,” said Wai in a statement, Monday, June 28.
As for the project with New Zealand, Wai added, it is estimated that Inka will complete it within 18-20 months.
Previously, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed Inka to continue exporting Indonesian-made trains to other countries. Indonesia has exported train cars to Bangladesh and the Philippines.
Jokowi said the experience in the construction of such projects is very much needed. He expressed hope that Indonesia could also export its light rail transit (LRT) to other countries.
“This will later become the foundation to build the LRT, build train cars for other countries,” he said.
(Writer: Yohana Artha Uly | Editor: Bambang P. Jatmiko)