Hindalco partners with an Italian company on a high-speed rail carriage project
"Our combined expertise will undoubtedly enhance the efficiency, durability, and sustainable performance of these trains and set new benchmarks for the Indian rail industry," he said. Extruded aluminium helps reduce the weight of aluminium which improves speed and helps in cutting down on carbon emissions. Italy's Metra has been making aluminum extrusions for six decades and specializes in railway extrusions and fabrication. "Collaborating with Hindalco Industries presents an exciting opportunity to showcase the capabilities of our aluminum extrusion technology on a global stage," Enrico Zampedri, the CEO of Metra SpA.
Vande Bharat trains, which are currently running on select routes in India, run at more than 200 km per hour, using aluminum in their coaches for high speed. While the initial cost of aluminum coaches is higher, it leads to savings in the long run. Hindalco Industries rolled out India's first aluminum freight rake last year and plans to introduce three more designs of freight wagons in the months ahead.