Trenitalia (Italian Railways) awarded Bombardier Transportation an order to supply an additional150 of its popular and proven E464 electric locomotives. Valued at approximately 368 million euros ($487 million US) the deal is a further landmark for Bombardier locomotives in Italy, having already received orders for a total of 538 E464 locomotives, of which 350 are already in successful commercial service.
With these additional E464 locomotives, Trenitalia will be operating one of the largest single vehicle-type fleets in Europe, making them one of the first operators to benefit from considerably reduced operational and maintenance costs. This latest order is due for delivery between February 2008 and March 2010.
“We thank Trenitalia for their continued confidence in our locomotives. This order reinforces Bombardier’s already strong manufacturing presence in Italy as the production of the locomotives will be undertaken by our team in Vado Ligure,” commented Roberto Tazzioli, Chief Country Representative, Italy, Bombardier Transportation.
“Bombardier’s locomotives are demonstrating superior technical arguments in every market in which they are in commercial operation. In Italy, the E464 locomotives are as successful as the TRAXX locomotives are in the growing number of other European Countries”, said Edmund Schlummer, President, Locomotives & Freight, Bombardier Transportation.
In addition to the locomotives being manufactured in Vado Ligure, the propulsion equipment and carbodies will be supplied respectively by Bombardier’s sites in Trápaga, Spain and Wroclaw, Poland.
With a maximum power of 3.5 MW and a top-speed of 160 km/h, the E464 product represents state-of-the-art technology for medium-power 3kV DC locomotives. It is particularly well known for its high level of reliability, availability and serviceability over the entire life cycle.
Background facts and figures
Bombardier is the largest producer of locomotives in Europe and the world’s largest manufacturer of electric locomotives. The company’s portfolio covers all market segments, from heavy-haul to very high-speed passenger rail. One of the greatest success stories is the Bombardier TRAXX locomotive. Based on a standard platform, the TRAXX family of locomotives was especially developed to meet the new requirements of train operators on today’s liberalized trans-European rail network. Today, more than 1040 Bombardier TRAXX locomotives have been sold and more than 600 units are in revenue service.
Bombardier in Italy
Bombardier Transportation is one of the most important manufacturers of rolling stock in Italy and is involved in some of the country’s most important rail projects. Trenitalia’s various types of electric locomotives, the high-speed train ETR500 (as a member of the Trevi consortium), the Rome-Fiumicino airport people-mover, the tram vehicles in Milan and Palermo, the propulsion systems of the new Rome metro vehicles and the traffic management system installed in various sections of the Italian rail network (SCMT) are fine examples.
The group employs some 700 people in Italy. 500 people are employed in Vado Ligure, the plant set up in 1905 and where more than 1,400 locomotives have been manufactured to date. 200 people work at its engineering centre in Rome, dedicated to the development of rail control solutions, signaling equipment and rail traffic management systems.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006, were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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