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Bombardier Celebrates Young Indian Artists in Partnership with High Commission of Canada

December 10, 2012 Berlin Transportation,  Press Release

  • Nationwide art competition attracted artwork of 1,200 talented artists aged 10 to 18 on the theme of the Future of Mobility
  • Young artists focus on meeting the challenges of 21st century urban transportation

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation and the Canadian High Comission in India , today unveiled artwork by young artists and children from across India.

Malvika Jain (14 years), from Amritsar, was announced as the winner (pictured) among 36 finalists selected by the jury from the 1,200 entries that addressed mobility needs for the future.

Over 21,000 votes were cast by the public on the High Commission’s “Canada in India” Facebook page. All 36 finalists’ artwork has been incorporated into special displays, which will be showcased at events by the High Commission of Canada in the coming months. It is the second year that Bombardier and the High Commission have hosted the competition.

The award ceremony took place at Bombardier Transportation India’s new registered office in New Delhi. High Commissioner Stewart Beck and Sara Wilshaw, Minister (Commercial) , helped to inauguratee the new office earlier today together with Harsh Dhingra, Chief Country Representative, Bombardier Transportation India.

“This art competition showcases these young artists’ holistic visions for urban planning,” said Harsh Dhingra. “Tomorrow’s transport solutions have to match the requirements of urban planners for the cities of the future. By 2050, more than two out of every three people in the world are expected to be living in cities. This art competition gives us a fresh perspective on what smart, interconnected urban mobility could look like in the future to move more people than ever before quickly, economically and efficiently.”

“We had a tremendous response from children and schools across India,” added Ms Wilshaw. “I would like to thank each and every one of the 1,200 children who submitted entries. It is really gratifying to see the interest, talent and creativity of India's youth in addressing the challenges and opportunities in future mass transit.”

Rapid urbanization is affecting people’s mobility and the environment in economic centres around the world. Smart transportation networks that offer interconnected mobility by linking different modes of transportation seamlessly are vital to prevent congestion from bringing traffic to a halt. In order to sustain economic growth while ensuring the health and safety of citizens, Bombardier offers smarter and more environmentally friendly forms of mass transit solutions for rail operators around the globe.

In line with its global Corporate Social Responsibility goals, Bombardier is actively involved in community development projects near its manufacturing sites at Savli and Maneja in India. It has supported local schools with basic facilities and counseling for higher education, upgrading infrastructure locally, helping local trade bodies, providing education to underprivileged children, as well as arranging water supply and medical camps in schools. Bombardier is also supporting and enhancing vocational training for around 170 children in New Delhi to create future employment opportunities.

About Bombardier Transportation in India
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. After more than four decades of investing in India, Bombardier Transportation has built up capabilities which cover the complete range of railway vehicle manufacturing, software development, and customer service competencies. The company employs around 1,100 people in India, where it operates a railway vehicle manufacturing site at Savli including a bogie assembly hall; a propulsion systems manufacturing facility and software development centre for signalling and traction applications at Maneja, Gujarat; and an engineering centre in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, which is already sourcing key global projects.

The company has the capability not only to address the country’s rail industry requirements for the production of metros and monorails, electric multiple units and locomotives, advanced IGBT propulsion systems and signalling systems, but also to supply state-of-the-art made-in-India trains to neighbouring markets in the region.

Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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