Several French companies and the Thai Rail Technology Research and Development Agency (RTRDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Bangkok on Thursday, December 15, 2022 under the auspices of the Thai Ministry of Transport and the French Embassy. This document aims to strengthen the links between our companies and our local partners, in a context of increasing competition in the region, particularly with Chinese technologies. The ceremony was attended by the Thai Minister of Transport, Saksayam Chidchob, and the French Ambassador, Thierry Mathou.
It is important for SYSTRA to strengthen its presence in Thailand: the government’s plans to develop the rail sector are promising, and it is in our interest to work together with our counterparts Egis (the MoU coordinator), Alstom, Poma and Vossloh Cogifer. Our common objective is to ensure that the country modernises its rail network and relies on French know-how, particularly in the high-speed sector, where SYSTRA is already active with the high-speed line project linking Bangkok to its three airports.Arezki Touat, Managing Director of SYSTRA Asia
SYSTRA in Thailand: a significant presence for 20 years
SYSTRA MVA Thailand, was created in December 2000 and opened an office in Bangkok. Our first project in the country dates back to the 1980s, with feasibility studies for motorways in Bangkok and technical assistance to the State Railway of Thailand (SRT). Our teams have been able to develop our presence alongside both the public authorities and the private sector in the implementation of large-scale mobility programmes.
The railway ambitions of Thailand and its operator, SRT, are great: it is a question of developing a vast network (more than 4,000km), which is still not very electrified and does not conform to the standard gauge of 1,435mm. This development is at the heart of the country’s ecological transition, with an expected modal shift from the car to the train, and the prospect of an interconnection between the country and the surrounding lines from China to Singapore.
A few figures:
- 20 staff
- 18 major projects completed or underway
- Turnover: about 1 million Euro
- Main specialisations: transport planning