Alstom SA and Bombardier won a joint contract valued at 3.3 billion euros to supply double-decker cars to the Belgian national railway through 2021. The first 445 cars are slated for delivery starting in 2018. Bombardier’s share of the contract is worth 2.1 billion euros. Alstom completed the sale of its energy operations to GE last month to focus on supplying the railway industry.
Bombardier decided in November to sell a 30-per-cent share of its train making unit rather than hold an initial public offering in the business. The company will use cash from that deal to help pay for development of the C Series airliner, a project that is behind schedule.
“The rail market is a dynamic market with a strong potential” tied to urbanization and mobility, Alstom Chief Patrick Kron told shareholders at a meeting on Friday. The French and Canadian manufacturers already co-operate on trains for the Paris region’s commuter network and Montreal’s subway system. Bombardier will provide 65 steering cars and 290 trailer cars under the new contract, while Alstom will build 90 motorized cab cars and the trains’ control technology.
Bombardier also to invest in Turkey’s high-speed railways
The head of Canadian train maker Bombardier said on Wednesday that his company would invest in Turkey’s high-speed rail network construction. Speaking to Firat Gazel, Anadolu Agency’s Editor in Chief for Economy-Finance and Energy News, in Berlin, Laurent Troger said Turkey is one of the world’s most important railway markets as it connects Europe and the Middle East.
As Turkey invests for high speed railway network to connect Turkish capital and other provinces, Bombardier would participate by investing in a manufacturing plant and maintenance center in the country, Troger said. “The modernization process is proceeding very fast and government’s commitment of $45 billion investment to the railway sector boosts this importance to further levels,” Troger, who on Dec. 9 was named president of the company, said.
According to the president, if the company wins one of the local high-speed train tenders, the techology transfer to Turkey will take place. “We already have local employees in Turkey. But if we win one of the high-speed train tenders, surely there will be many more Turkish employees,” Troger said. “We attach great importance to maintain quality at this point. We commit to providing comprehensive training in a sector which is technology oriented and exciting.”
According to the train maker’s chief operating officer, Canadian aerospace and transportation company Bombardier wants local production for high- speed train systems. “Turkey is one of the most important rail markets in the world. We want to produce high-speed train systems in Turkey with a strong partner.”
The government intends to increase the length of the network to 26,000 kilometers (16,155 miles), nearly double that of today’s 12,485 kilometers (7,757 miles) including 10,116 kilometers (6,285 miles) of high-speed lines. Railway projects in the country are taking place in the western, eastern and northern parts of the country.
Extending the lines in the east-west direction is especially significant for Turkey’s railway infrastructure, to enable connections with the eastern provinces, and to create a transportation corridor, as well as to improve regional development. Railways are faster than sea transportation and cheaper than airway transportation.
Turkey started to invest in construction of railways a decade ago. But, according to experts, there is a long way ahead for Turkey to develop a dense network of railways. “We hope to be a key player in the railway sector of Turkey,” Troger said. “We would like to transform the Turkish market into a technology-focused, innovative one by boosting the cooperation with local industry.”
Troger said that the company has been operating in Turkey since 1986 and has many local employees.
Bombardier Wins 10-Year Fleet Maintenance Contract with Trenitalia
Bombardier Transportation has won a 10-year contract to maintain Trenitalia’s fleet of 50 V300ZEFIRO very high speed trains, known in Italy as the Frecciarossa 1000. One of the most important fleet maintenance contracts awarded in Italy in recent years, the contract will be executed in association with Bombardier’s consortium partner AnsaldoBreda, an Italian rail transport engineering firm. Bombardier Transportation’s share of the contract is valued at approximately 154 million euro ($191 million US).
Jean Baptiste Eymeoud, Head of Services Execution, Bombardier Transportation, Western Europe, Middle East, Africa (WMA) said, “Our target is to optimise the availability and reliability of the new vehicles with the adequate preventive and corrective maintenance program once the vehicles enter revenue service by mid-2015. This contract and its duration represent a great achievement for the Frecciarossa 1000 and will reinforce Bombardier’s long-term commitment to Italy.” Bombardier’s services execution team in Italy is already responsible for the maintenance of more than 200 vehicles in the country.
Manufactured in partnership with AnsaldoBreda, the Frecciarossa 1000 is the newest member of the BOMBARDIERZEFIRO family of high-speed trains. With a top commercial speed of up to 360 km/h, the V300ZEFIRO is the fastest train in Europe and its advanced, high acceleration delivers excellent travel times, even on winding routes. It is also fully interoperable, meaning passengers can cross European borders without having to change trains. The V300ZEFIRO can also be adapted for use on networks in many other non-European countries.
Bombardier is a leading rolling stock manufacturer in Italy and is involved in many of the country’s most important rail projects. These include Trenitalia’s various electric locomotives such as the E464, the ETR500/FRECCIAROSSA high speed trains, the BOMBARDIER INNOVIA automated people mover 100 for Rome-Fiumicino airport, the BOMBARDIERFLEXITY trams for Milan and Palermo, propulsion systems for Rome’s new metro vehicles, and the traffic management systems installed in various sections of Italy’s rail network.