Alstom Transport to hire 1,000 people in India

Bangalore: Alstom Transport, a leading provider of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector, plans to hire 1,000 employees in the next two years, the Deputy Senior Vice President of Alstom Asia Pacific Jean Francois Beaudoin said, “Currently, we have 2,000 employees in India, and are planning to add approximately another 1,000 in the next couple of years.”

“Today, close to half of our staff in the Asia Pacific is in India, and we continue to hire aggressively here, especially in our engineering vertical which is critical for us. We are currently adding 20 to 40 engineers a month. The engineering staff strength in India is second only to France,” he added.

French rail transportation major Alstom, which entered the Indian rail sector in the 1990s, has so far invested about €50 million in various facilities in India.

“Alstom has established a rolling stock manufacturing unit at Sri City (Andhra Pradesh) and a manufacturing facility for traction equipment at Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), along with an engineering and R&D centre in Bengaluru comprising more than 1,000 engineering specialists working across rolling stock and for India and the rest of the world,” he said.

When asked about the production facility, he said, “Our facility at Sri City is equipped to manufacture 240 cars per year, with further possibility of expansion, depending on the market needs.”

“We are employing over 400 people at the Sri City facility. Our traction facility at Coimbatore is among one of Alstom’s largest traction system facilities in the world, and is well equipped to meet not only the local demand but also beyond.”

On order booking, he said, “The company won a contract worth €200 million to provide electrification, signalling and telecommunications system for the 343-kilometre-long eastern portion of the Dedicated Freight Corridor. This is a mega project, as it involves building eastern and western freight corridors across the country.”

“As part of the contract, Alstom will also build the stations and provide the control centre. The project is planned to be completed in the end of 2018. Our progress has been somewhat below our target because of some delays in design; however, we are confident of catching up on the target in the next six months,” he added.