In just a few years, China has managed to build by far the largest high-speed network in the world. China currently sets the benchmark for rail network expansion, driving speeds, route kilometers and the number of people and goods being transported – of course together with Thermit China as an infrastructure partner able to keep up with this fast pace.
Towards the end of the last century, travel speeds of up to 200 km/h were reached on selected Chinese rail routes. Today, three expansion stages later, the Chinese high-speed network is around 20 times bigger than the German one, carries around 20 times as many passengers, and achieves speeds that outperform European networks.
The global Goldschmidt Group has been represented in the Middle Kingdom since 2004 through Thermit China, which is an important innovation, technology and consulting partner for the modernization and maintenance of Chinese rail infrastructure. In China, and also worldwide, continuously welded tracks using the Original Thermit® welding process represent the highest standard for safety, travel comfort and durability of the railways. Thermit China supplies high quality tools, equipment and materials, and trains and qualifies welders for the national requirements of mainline, regional and light rail companies. The homologation of various Goldschmidt products, such as Original Thermit® kits, insulated rail joints and measuring devices enables Thermit China to supply a perfectly customized and approved range of products and services for the Chinese market.
Goldschmidt’s globally networked expertise is also used in China for welding, grinding, measuring, testing and many other modernization and maintenance measures. Highly developed insulated rail joints, for example, ensure reliable signal communication in the huge rail network. With the further expansion of the new Silk Road and the Chinese domestic rail network, gigantic projects are pending. Thermit China – as part of the global Goldschmidt network of experts – is a dynamic partner for customers with a full product range for all inquiries relating to railway infrastructure.
Chinese rail traffic operates on the biggest rail network in Asia and links all of the provinces in the country. Large cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants are connected to the national rail network. 80% have access to the high-speed network, but trams are also very popular in China.
High speeds, a tight clocking of traffic performance and the advancing development of self-driving trains demand a lot from the rail infrastructure. With innovative technologies around the track and the diversified range of products and services of the global Goldschmidt Group, the Chinese rail network is well placed to meet this challenge. As a reliable consultant, supplier and producer, Thermit China helps the Chinese state railways and national rail and transport companies to develop and implement customized solutions on site. Thermit China is involved in countless construction sites in the Land of the Dragon to implement ambitious expansion plans – especially the high-speed network – safely, economically and effectively.
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