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Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. said Tuesday it has received an order from the Taipei city government for 321 subway cars, worth 53 billion yen, to be delivered between 2005 and 2009.

Of the total, 144 will be used on subway routes that will open in 2011, and the rest will be used to increase train runs on existing routes, the heavy machinery and engineering company said.

Kawasaki Heavy delivered 132 subway cars to Taipei between 1992 and 1993.

“The latest order is because our . . . technological ability and price competitiveness were highly assessed,” the company said in a news release.