MILAN Feb 28 China CNR Corporation
and Insigma have expressed interest in buying
Finmeccanica's rail unit Ansaldo STS and
loss-making train manufacturer Ansaldo Breda, the Chinese
companies said in an emailed statement on Friday.
The state-owned Italian group put its rail and other
non-core assets up for sale more than two years ago in a bid to
cut debt and focus on its core aerospace and defence businesses.
The statement, which gave no financial details, said
Shanghai-listed CNR and Insigma aimed to invest and relaunch the
Finmeccanica units, keeping job levels and manufacturing
operations in Italy.
They added they did not rule out joining forces with an
Italian partner in the possible acquisition.
(Reporting by Danilo Masoni, editing by Silvia Aloisi)