CREG - Tunnel Boring Machine: High Focus on India

Tan Shunhui, Chairman of CREG
CREG plans to develop Indian market in a big way and expects to enter this important market with a well-planned strategy and set-up, and CREG is aiming at obtaining new orders from India at this year-end or early next year, avers Mr. Tan Shunhui, Chairman of CREG, during an interview with Maria R at Intermat Paris.

China Railway Engineering Equipment Group Co., Ltd (CREG) is a leading Chinese manufacturer in design and manufacture of underground equipment (especially in tunnel boring machine, TBM) & provision of technical services, which has developed its own, independent shield tunneling machines. CREG has been taking a leading role in Chinese TBM market for six years and also secured orders from Europe and Asia. After having established itself in the Chinese and European markets, it aims to secure a greater market share around the globe. Its current focus is on India’s infrastructure development projects such as in metro rails, railways, roads & highways, waterways etc. where the government is investing heavily.

Mr. Tan Shunhui informs that CREG's parent firm, CREC (China Railway Group Limited), used to buy or rent TBMs from countries such as Germany to build rail and metro tunnels for China's fast-expanding network of freight trains and high-speed passenger trains. In March 2004, CRTG (China Railway Tunnel Group, a subsidiary of CREC, set up the predecessor company of CREG) started refurbishment of tunneling equipment it used which was purchased from Germany. In April 2008, it designed and produced its first TBM under its new subsidiary CREG. In 2009, CREC and CRTG jointly re-incorporated the new CREG in which CREC as the holding company to strengthen its TBM business. Over the last decade, CREG has designed and produced over 530 TBMs for Chinese projects and also started exporting them in 2012. Up to May 2018, CREG has designed and supplied over 30 sets of TBMs for international market.

First Horse shoe TBM in the World by CREG

As a one-stop tunneling solutions provider, CREG specializes in research, design and manufacture of a full range of TBMs and provision of comprehensive technical services, including EPB TBM, slurry TBM, multi-mode TBM, rectangular TBM, Horse-shoe Typed TBM, hard rock TBM, pipe jacking machines and auxiliary equipment, and provides full-range of after-sales services.

Furthermore, as an innovation-driven specialized company, CREG gives top priority to technological innovation and has grown into a full-fledged provider of tunneling solutions integrated with four sectors: tunnel boring machine, mechanized tunneling equipment, underground space exploration, and steel structure. Its products have been widely used in more than 30 cities in China and exported to various countries/regions including India, Malaysia, Singapore, Europe and the Middle East. ln December 2013, following the acquisition of Wirth IP (hard rock TBM and shaft boring machine), CREG expanded its brand in the hard rock TBM field and related TBM project references.

Greatater Beirut Water Supply Project - CREG

The company has been granted 500 utility patents including invention patents and international PCT patents. As a pioneer and leader of China’s TBM industry, CREG adheres to the principle of “craving for change, committed to innovation”, and is recognized across the country as a professional equipment manufacturer with the strengths of the No. 1 brand, offering a complete range of value-added services that include R&D, equipment manufacturing, refurbishment, excavation subcontracting, and technical services.

Says Mr. Tan Shunhui, “It’s true that we have been somewhat slow in the Indian market, but as a 10-year old company, we’re moving step by step, and only after an in-depth study of the country/region and their market requirements. We have observed that the Indian market gives more preference to European quality than to Asian with better prices. But I would like to say that we’re the best provider of underground technology and are competing with top TBM manufacturers of the world. In a short period of time, we have established a strong presence in many parts of the world with our core competencies in product design technology, good product quality and after-sales service, allowing our customers to obtain the best services at the best prices!”

CREG Workshops

We are well-recognized in the industry for offering innovative products such as the rectangular and U-shaped TBMs. We’re working on the principle of “Professional Manufacturing, Professional Services.

He adds, “No doubt, India is a promising market where the government is spending a lot on infrastructure development. So, we’re planning to enter the country with better plans and ideas and a new set-up, even though we already have a team here.”


Informs Mr. Tan Shunhui, “CREG is providing integrated solutions to our clients by examining and analyzing the topography and geomorphology, the geological and hydrological conditions of the project, and the customer’s requirements, based on which, we customize the TBM. In fact, we are well-recognized in the industry as the equipment manufacturer that is best in construction and the engineering services provider that is best in manufacturing. CREG is more specialized in designing and producing, from the perspective of customers, good products easy-to-use to the customers. Furthermore, CREG offers innovative products such as the rectangular and Horse-shoe Typed TBMs, in combination with special conditions of the project.”
CREG offers a complete range of value-added services including design & research, equipment manufacturing, refurbishment, excavation sub-contracting, and technical services.


CREG has experience in hundreds of projects across the world, and ranked No. 1 in China’s domestic market for six consecutive years. In 2017, it was awarded the 2017 Service Type Manufacture Model Enterprise, 2017 New High-tech Enterprise, National Technology Innovation Model Enterprise, National Manufacturing Industry Champion Model Enterprise, and other awards. It won the China Quality Nomination Award for two consecutive years and the China Design Award. CREG’s Caiyun hard rock TBM ranked amongst the Top 10 “National Treasuries”. All these recognitions establish the company’s brand image as a high-end tunnel equipment manufacturer.

CREG will be seen at bauma Conexpo India where it will display its innovative products and demonstrate their suitability for the Indian market.

NBM&CW June 2018

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