Bombardier Brings Metro and Tram Technology to Russia

  • Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) and Bombardier sign co-operation agreements
  • UVZ intends to build the new vehicles at its sites in Russia
  • Metros and trams to boost public transport for 2018 football championship

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation today signed co-operation agreements with Russian rail manufacturer UVZ to jointly develop and sell state-of-the-art metros and trams. Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took part in the signing ceremony in Yekaterinburg. Oleg Sienko, Chief Executive Officer of UVZ and André Navarri, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation, signed the agreement on behalf of the two companies.

Bombardier and UVZ will jointly develop and market metro trains specifically designed for the challenging requirements of Moscow Metro and other cities in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Worldwide, Bombardier metro cars transport passengers on more than seven billion trips every year in over 40 cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, Helsinki, Shanghai and New Delhi. The company has delivered more than 12,100 metro cars in the past 20 years.

Bombardier also provides UVZ with a licence to manufacture and sell low-floor trams with Bombardier technology in Russia. The licensed product is a variant of the BOMBARDIER FLEXITY platform of vehicles operating worldwide, designed for operation mainly on existing networks. As the market leader for trams and light rail vehicles (LRVs), Bombardier offers the most comprehensive portfolio in the industry. A total of 3,500 trams and light rail vehicles from Bombardier are on order or operating in nearly 100 cities in more than 20 countries around the globe. These range from 100 per cent low-floor trams and 70 per cent low-floor trams and LRVs to proven dual system solutions.

Both products feature the world’s most advanced technologies in vehicle manufacturing, including the reliable BOMBARDIER FLEXX bogies and BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion and control system.

“Our agreement to introduce these modern metros and trams to Russia will significantly push the development of this mass transit sector and enhance the image of major Russian cities in the run-up to the 2018 world football championship,” said Oleg Sienko. “Our joint engineering and production will ensure that the world’s leading urban transport is available to Russians and built in Russia.”

“The demand for mass transit in Moscow and other cities in Russia is growing steadily,” André Navarri added. “Our smart transport solutions set new standards in mobility and passenger comfort. By teaming up with a strong local partner, we can offer passengers a new standard of public transport as the sustainable way to travel in the 21st century and help their country prepare to host a global championship.”

About Bombardier in Russia
Bombardier Transportation’s long-standing relationship with Russia and the CIS began more than 50 years ago through Deutsche Waggonbau AG (DWA), acquired by Bombardier in the late 1990s. From 1948 to 1995, DWA manufactured one out of every two passenger rail coaches made for the Soviet Union and later Russia.

In 1996, Bombardier established the first international joint venture to be formed with the Russian Railways (RZD). Today, with a workforce of more than 150 employees, the Bombardier Transportation (Signal) Ltd engineering company provides services for the whole lifecycle of the BOMBARDIER EBI Lock 950 computer-based interlocking (CBI) system, from project design to operation and maintenance. It was the first company certified to deliver the latest generation of advanced signalling equipment adapted to the technical requirements of RZD and its products continue to meet the latest national standards. The company has installed EBI Lock 950 CBI systems at 118 stations in Russia and 70 abroad. In Russia, operating on 15 regional branches of the Russian rail network from Kaliningrad to the Far East, these systems control more than 3,400 point-machines and 507 km of automatic line-blocks.

In 2010, Bombardier also purchased a stake in the RZD manufacturing subsidiary known as Elteza, Russia's largest signalling equipment producer. It designs, develops and produces rail signalling and train control systems for Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Baltic states. The new partnership is one of the first examples of the privatisation of a Russian Railways’ subsidiary and part of the modernisation strategy for RZD. This new agreement has led to the creation of an Elteza department dedicated to new technologies and the manufacture of products, which has already started for EBI Lock 950 and will also include the latest generation of wayside products.

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. 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. 

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