Bombardier Drives Innovation with a New Bogie Technical Center

By establishing a Center of Excellence in Siegen, Germany, Bombardier will accelerate its development of bogie solutions

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation is setting up a Bogie Technical Center at its site in Siegen. This investment of approximately 10 million euro confirms Bombardier’s leading position in providing bogie[1] technology and its commitment to deliver the best solutions for its global base of customers. Bombardier’s Bogie Technical Center is due to open at the end of 2014 and will work in close cooperation with the academic world and other Bombardier manufacturing sites, but also with customers, suppliers and certification institutes. The new facility will combine a test and validation centre with a business unit hub, including international bogie engineering specialists and associated functions.

Overall, the consolidated Siegen site will form a unique production and innovation hub. It will comprise Bombardier Transportation’s bogies headquarters, the Bogie Technical Center,  the existing bogie final assembly area, Wheelset Center and bogie crash repair and overhaul center. The site will bring together Bombardier’s engineering experts with the necessary tools and means to continue to develop the BOMBARDIER FLEXX bogie portfolio to better fulfill customer requirements, in particular in terms of strict certification and homologation processes.

Bart Vantorre, President of the Bombardier Transportation Bogies Business Unit said: “Our Bogie Technical Center will create the perfect environment for innovation, allowing Bombardier to test innovative ideas and attract the employees of tomorrow. It will enable us to continue to shape the future of bogie technologies by expanding and further improving our FLEXX bogies portfolio. We are dedicated to our customers and the Bogie Technical Center will give us the means to meet our customers’ needs now and in the future.”

Bombardier plans to exhibit its FLEXX Speed bogie for the groundbreaking BOMBARDIER ZEFIRO very high speed train at the InnoTrans 2012 trade fair this September in Berlin, Germany.

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. 

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 or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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[1] An undercarriage with four or six wheels pivoted beneath a railway vehicle