Stadler wins first contract in Slovenia

Stadler Rail, a manufacturer of railway rolling stock, is delivering 26 single- and double-decker multiple units to Slovenia. The contract includes the option for 26 additional trains.

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Stadler Rail is delivering 26 single- and double-decker multiple units to Slovenia. (Image credit: Stadler)

Stadler’s contract with the Slovenian state rail operator Slovenske Železnice is worth 170 million euros, announced the company in a statement.

Within the terms of the contract, the rail vehicles manufacturer will build and deliver 11 FLIRT EMU, five FLIRT DMU and 10 KISS EMU trains, which can be combined as a mixed traction fleet.  

"Stadler is very proud not only to be delivering trains to Slovenia for the first time, but also to be able to construct a complete series of different vehicles that have been coordinated with each other to form a uniform fleet," commented Peter Jenelten, Deputy Group CEO and Head of Marketing & Sales at Stadler.

The FLIRT and KISS models have already enjoyed significant success: more than 1,500 FLIRT trains have been sold in 18 countries, while 300 KISS trains have been sold in 11 countries. Slovenia is expected to receive its first units 24 months after the contract signature date.  

Peter Spuhler, owner of Stadler, travelled to Slovenia with Jenelten to sign the contract. Because the company lost a bid in Slovenia in the late 1990s, commented Spuhler, "it delights us even more that 20 years later, our second attempt has been successful and we have managed to break into the Slovenian market."

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