( – FocusAsia Media Ltd)

BEIJING, Apr 21 (FAM) – China’s first 160 kilometer-an-hour magnetic levitation trains will be delivered this year-a breakthrough that will help accelerate the pace of developing a medium-to-low speed series of maglev family products, a leading rail sector executive said on Thursday.

A production line with intelligent manufacturing systems will be launched by the end of 2018, Zhang Liqiang, vice-president and chief financial officer of CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd said, adding that the trains will be used in Central China’s Hunan province, where the nation’s first 100 km/h maglev rail line has been “operating safely and smoothly” since last year.