Bombardier wins rail transportation contracts valued at $54 million

Bombardier Transportation has received new orders valued at $54 million to supply automatic block equipment in Italy, trailer cars and bogies in France and bogies in Venezuela.

Bombardier Transportation has received new orders in Europe and South America totalling approximately $54 million.

The first order is for the supply of automatic block equipment in Italy; the second for the delivery of trailer cars and bogies in France; and the third one calls for the manufacture of bogies for the Caracas metro in Venezuela.

In Italy, the consortium comprised of Bombardier Transportation and Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario Spa has received from Italferr, the engineering subsidiary of the Italian State Railways, an order for the supply of a new rail control and telecommunication system.

Bombardier Transportation is responsible for the delivery of the automatic block equipment for this new system, which will be installed in the Messina-Patti line in Sicily. The total value of the contract is approximately $72 million Cdn, with Bombardier Transportation’s share amounting to approximately $26 million Cdn.

Bombardier Transportation’s engineering centre in Rome will execute both the design and production of the system. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2005.

In France, Bombardier Transportation received an order from Alstom, valued at approximately $9 million Cdn, for the supply of 6 trailer cars and 12 carrying bogies for ZTER electrical multiple units. Production will also be undertaken at Bombardier Transportation’s facility in Crespin, France.

This contract, which represents an additional order to a contract signed in 1999, brings to 57 the number of ZTER electrical multiple units ordered to date by the SNCF.

In Venezuela, Bombardier Transportation, through its participation in the Frameca consortium, was awarded a $19 million Cdn order for the manufacture of 56 motor bogies and 28 carrying bogies for the extension of the Caracas metro, which is one of the largest underground systems in the world.

The 84 bogies will be manufactured in Crespin, with deliveries scheduled to start in June 2003. This is a follow-on order to previous orders awarded since 1977. To date, 1,100 bogies have been ordered to Bombardier Transportation for the Caracas metro.