Railway links open up inland Chengdu

Authors: China Daily

2017-10-27

A freight train hauling a full load of electronic components left Chengdu September 30, arriving 13 days later at its destination of Prague in the Czech Republic.
This is the seventh route of the Chengdu-Europe direct freight train service, which first began in 2013. Routes to Lodz, Nuremberg, Tilburg, Almaty, Minsk and Moscow have also been established.
Local officials said the nearly 10,000-kilometer-long Chengdu-Prague route is a new move to deepen Sichuan's cooperation with regions and countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Sichuan-based household appliance giant Changhong Group chartered the first train for the Chengdu-Prague route, delivering electronic components and equipment to its production site in the Czech Republic.
Since it set up its first overseas office in Indonesia in 1999, it has established business operations in more than 20 countries and regions - all related to the Belt and Road Initiative.
The company's Czech research and development center was established in May last year. It was the first R&D center that a Chinese appliance company had ever built in the country.
"Through the Chengdu-Europe freight train, we can directly deliver our components, products and equipment to our factories in Europe, greatly decreasing our logistics costs and increasing production efficiency," said Huang Dawen, deputy general manager of the company.
Relying on its office in the Czech Republic, Sichuan has established a representative office in the country. Through the office, enterprises from the Province and wider western China can expand their markets in the Czech Republic and Europe as well.
He added that his company has more than 2,000 employees overseas, of which 80 percent are locals. Changhong products have been sold in more than 120 countries and regions.
Huang said Changhong has 14 subsidiaries involved in production and sales, three R&D centers and seven representative offices in foreign countries.
The first Chengdu-Europe direct freight train opened in April 2013. Local officials said the channel offers the most cost-effective transportation means for cargo to flow between Southwest China and Europe.
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