- New Bombardier production facility in Brazil wins top manufacturing award for its high capacity INNOVIA Monorail 300 vehicles
Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has received the award for Best Manufacturer of Passenger Vehicles at the 25th annual Revista Ferroviaria Awards held in São Paulo, Brazil. These awards are acknowledged as the most prestigious annual prizes for individuals and companies in the railway sector in Brazil.
Bombardier received the award for the high capacity BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 trains currently being manufactured at its Hortolândia site. The vehicles are constructed from lightweight, highly resistant aluminium and composite materials using the most advanced manufacturing techniques. Bombardier is the first railway company in Brazil to introduce new technologies for aluminium carbody manufacturing. The first seven-car train was completed last year and has started dynamic testing on the system between the depot and Oratorio Station.
Chris Fifield, Project Director, received the award for Bombardier and said: “As pioneers of monorail technology for mass transit, we are delighted to win the prestigious Revista Ferroviaria award for Best Manufacturer of Passenger Vehicles. It is less than two years since the inauguration of the Hortolândia manufacturing facility and our employees have done a phenomenal job in establishing the production line and producing the first state-of-the-art INNOVIA Monorail 300 trains.”
The INNOVIA Monorail 300 system is Bombardier’s newest transportation system technology. Cost effective to introduce without requiring major infrastructure or civil works, it has the capacity to transport 48,000 passengers per hour per direction. The new line, known as ‘Line 15 – Silver’ will interchange with Metro São Paulo’s Line 2 and operate between the urban areas of Vila Prudente and Cidade Tiradentes. A total of 54 7-car monorail trains will operate on the 24 km line, each expected to carry more than 1,000 passengers during peak hours.
The state-of-the-art monorail vehicle manufacturing facility in Hortolândia opened in April 2012. The new production site represents an investment of $15 million US and is intended to become Bombardier’s global production centre for monorails. It has generated 250 new jobs directly related to railway vehicle production, including aluminium carbody, bogie and final assembly activities as well as indirect jobs in Bombardier’s local supplier base. The investment underlines Bombardier’s long-term commitment to Brazil, a market where the company has been active for many years.
About Bombardier Transportation
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. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance for operators and passengers. 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.
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, 2013, we posted revenues of $18.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.
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