Qingdao made trains are in the news for less than glowing reasons. It seems that there were some faulty subway trains that had to be shipped back from Singapore to CSR Sifang in Qingdao for repairs recently.
Chicago Transit Authority seems to have confidence in Qingdao made trains though, as they voted in March of 2016 to buy a boatload of trains from CSR Sifang:
“A monumental overhaul of the Chicago Transit Authority’s rail car line was launched Wednesday with the approval of a $1.3 billion contract to replace about half of its fleet — the biggest car purchase in the agency’s history.
The winning bidder to build the 7000 Series cars is CSR Sifang America, whose partners include the Chinese state-owned rail car manufacturing company CRRC Qingdao Sifang and CSR America, which handles North American operations. The same manufacturer is currently building cars for the Boston transit system.”
And, the South China Morning Post has reported that Qingdao made trains running in Hong Kong (MTR) are “able to meet our standards at the moment” according to MTR projects director Philco Wong Nai-keung.