The market for high speed trains is growing fast – thanks to high demand in emerging economies like India. But a bigger market also means growing competition. Even industry leaders such as German high tech giant Siemens must step it up a notch.
Countries across the world have urged Washington to exempt them from the steep tariffs on steel and aluminum, with the EU warning it would retaliate if hit. Chinese steelmakers urged Beijing to target US coal.
Europe's rail giants have joined forces with a Malaysian firm to bid for a train project connecting Malaysia and Singapore. Together, they want to take on Asian rivals like China's state-owned CRRC.
The European Patent Office has said the number of filings has risen considerably in recent months, following a slight drop in 2016. The US tops the table with the most applications, while Germany takes second position.
Germany's highly celebrated new high-speed rail link between Berlin and Munich ran into trouble on its first day. An ICE train was plagued with technical difficulties and delays on the trip back to Bavaria.
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