Nanjing, Jul. 5th, 2013, TÜV SÜD, a global leading inspection, testing and certification service company, organized the Metro Safety Summit in Nanjing. Mr. Luo Qun, Vice Mayor of Nanjing Municipal Government and Mr. Dirk von Wahl, President & CEO of TÜV SÜD Greater China addressed the audience from governmental agencies, industry associations, rail operators, academic organizations, industry leaders in the domestic rail industry as well as technical experts from TÜV SÜD. The summit provided a platform for exchange on the latest safety technologies and development in independent safety assessment, certification and urban rail transit safety assessment system and fire protection testing technologies of rolling stock. Through this event, TÜV SÜD aims to improve safety awareness in China rail transit and effectively reduce operating risk. During the summit, TÜV SÜD concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Southwest Jiaotong University, an authoritative institute in the field, to jointly promote safety and development of urban rail transit through close cooperation with companies, universities and institutions.
Mr. Luo, Vice Mayor of Nanjing Municipal Government noted that “Nanjing is a forerunner in China rail industry with its superb expertise. The city will build 8 more metro lines with operation mileage of 200 km before the Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014, forming a complete metro network. Safety is an important aspect in the process. We hope that TÜV SÜD will bring their cutting edge rail safety philosophy and practices to Nanjing and contribute to the healthy growth of the industry going forward.”
The urban rail transit industry in China is now on a rapid development path. Today, 71 metro lines run across 17 cities, covering a running mileage of 2064.2 kilometers. As one of the pioneers in the industry of rail transit, Jiangsu Province disclosed in The Twelfth Five-year Period Development Plan and Medium and Long-term Development Plan of Jiangsu Province in Rail Transit released last year, that a network of two longitudinal lines and three latitudinal lines connecting twenty railways, tens of intercity rails and metro lines be constructed in Nanjing by 2015. Safety, reliability and availability of the railway way system are the industry key consideration.
The summit placed the focus on metro safety, specifically in rolling stock as well as rail transit system and signaling. Invited speakers from research institutes, universities and the industry shared latest technical development and safety practices from these two areas. TÜV SÜD experts contributed the discussion with insights on industry criteria, theory application and inspection technologies, including the significance of IRIS - the only globally recognized rail transit operation management system standard in the domestic rail transit safety management system.
The MOU, signed at the event, outlines the cooperation between Southwest Jiaotong University and TÜV SÜD. The winning combination of the University’s innovation capability in rail transit and TÜV SÜD’s practical market experience in rolling stock type testing, third-party inspection and certification provide rail transit clients in China with professional solutions from an independent third party.
Mr. Dirk von Wahl, President and CEO of TÜV SÜD Greater China said, “Southwest Jiaotong University is one of the most authoritative research institutes in the field of railway in China. Our last cooperation in fire protection inspection for rolling stock was extremely fruitful for both parties. I am positive that this cooperation will result in better safety inspection capability and services that will add value to the China’s rail transit industry.”
TÜV SÜD established Changzhou Jinbiao Rail Transit Technology Service Co., Ltd. as a joint venture with Changzhou Productivity Promotion Center and the Changzhou Research Institute of Southwest Jiaotong University in 2011. The company is the only CNAS certificated professional lab in Jiangsu that specializes in flammability testing of urban rail transit non-metallic material.
With rich experience in rail transit safety, TÜV SÜD is devoted to providing world class rail safety solutions for China’s manufacturers, operators and railway authorities. With the support of TÜV SÜD, Shanghai Railway Communication Factory received its first IRIS certification in 2012. In May 2013, TÜV SÜD was given the “RT Top 50” award at the 2013 Rail Transit Global Forum.
Founded in Germany in around 150 years ago, TÜV SÜD has more than 800 locations and approximately 19,000 employees worldwide. It has developed its businesses in China for over 20 years. To date, it has provided services to more than 20,000 clients in China. TÜV SÜD’s Rail department provides complete services for signaling system, railway rolling stocks and infrastructure, including consultation, certification, testing and training. These services span the entire project lifecycle from the design, installation, testing, commissioning, operation to disposal.