Transtech Oy, a railway vehicle supplier and manufacturer of engineering products, and FSP Finnish Steel Painting Oy, the leading provider of industrial surface treatment in North Europe, have signed a significant cooperation agreement covering several years. The agreement states that FSP will provide surface treatment for outer surface parts of low-floor articulated trams at the Savonlinna factory.

It is a significant order covering a total of 38 tramcars during 2015–2017. All new tramcars are meant to start operating in Helsinki by 2018. The agreement also includes an option of similar surface treatment for a maximum of 90 extra tramcars during 2017–2025.

The surface treatment agreement concerns the composite structures on the outside of tramcars such as outer wall panels, front panels, roof panels and skirting. Additionally, gluing windows to side wall panels is included. FSP provides these components a total surface treatment according to a certified management system that guarantees high quality and environmentally friendly treatment. The high quality demands on the surface treatment of tramcars make the project very significant.

“We are excited about having made a contract with a significant contract manufacturer in the field. We are ready to deliver on our promise to work smartly and provide service readily, and to commit to a long-lasting partnership with Transtech,” says Pentti Virtanen, CEO of FSP Finnish Steel Painting Oy.

Production in the new facility in Savonlinna is managed by Supervisor Juha Nygren and Area Manager Jarno Huttunen.

The new tramcar model to be used in Helsinki is double articulated and can carry a total of 199 passengers with 74 fixed seats. Road tests within line service began in the spring in 2014 and serial production begins this year.

Additional information:

Pentti Virtanen, CEO, FSP Finnish Steel Painting Oy, tel. +358 400 811 674

Transtech Oy
Transtech is a Finnish railway vehicle supplier and manufacturer of engineering products. Transtech specialises in the manufacture of double deck railway vehicles and low-floor trams. In the field of contract manufacturing of engineering products, Transtech focuses on medium weight welded metal structures and their surface treatment, assembly and testing all the way to the finished product. www.transtech.fi