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A xalta Coating Systems has painted China’s new Fuxing model bullet train in collaboration with CRRC Qungdao Sifang Co. Ltd. A CR400AF model with Axalta’s bright red Imron TM coatings along its beltlines departed from Beijing South Railway Station to Shanghai earlier in the year, welcoming a milestone in China’s high-speed railway system.

As China’s next generation high-speed train, the Fuxing, which means ‘rejuvenation’ in Chinese, is designed to cruise at 350 km/h and reach a maximum speed of its predecessor, the Hexie train. The Fuxing is designed to last for 30 years, which is 10 years longer than the life span of the Hexie. It has also been constructed to meet China’s latest rigorous environmental, safety, and passenger comfort performance standards.

Partnering with CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd, the world’s largest supplier of rail transit equipment, Axalta provided a comprehensive portfolio of surfacer, primer, basecoat and clear coat to meet the Fuxing’s tough operating environments and high-speed demands. The outstanding weather-ability characteristics of Axalta’s products will provide the trains with 1500 hours of resistance to aging, significantly upgrading the lifespan of the painted exterior of the Fuxing.

China’s Fuxing trains have two models, the CR400F and CR400BF. Fuxing’s CR400AF models are painted with Imron and decorated with poppy red coating beltlines.