Bombardier Transportation announced today that it received an additional order for 67 high-capacity trains AGC type (Autorail Grande Capacité) from the French National Railways (SNCF). The SNCF represents the French Regions in this transaction, which is valued at about 311 million euros ($ 416 million US). The total number of firmly ordered AGC trains is now 679. Deliveries of these trains are scheduled to begin in August 2009.
The SNCF signed an initial contract, on December 13, 2001, for the supply of 500 AGC trains. Under that contract, an amendment was agreed last November for the supply of up to 200 additional trains and an increased pace of delivery. At the time, 112 trains were ordered and today, the SNCF confirmed their order for another 67.
Twenty-one French regions have ordered AGC trains to date.
“This order confirms once again, the trust SNCF and French regions have invested in Bombardier. It reflects the industrial performance of our Crespin site, which provides timely deliveries of quality trains. This explains Bombardier’s success in the French market,” commented Jean Bergé, Chief Country Representative France, Bombardier Transportation.
The AGC, manufactured at the Bombardier Crespin plant in northern France, is available in various versions. The trains can run on either diesel fuel, electricity or a combination of the two, and also on a dual mode/dual voltage (diesel fuel and electricity 1.5 kV and 25 kV). Today’s new order from the SNCF includes dual mode/dual voltage trains.
Background facts and figures
Bombardier in France
Bombardier Transportation in France operates primarily at its Crespin facility in the Valenciennes region, employs 1,600 people and is the leading French manufacturing site in the railway industry. Bombardier Transportation has been involved in all SNCF TGV French high-speed rail programs. The group manufactures a wide range of rolling stock for public transport. Among these products are the RATP MF2000 vehicles for the Paris metro, the Marseille, Nantes and Saint-Etienne tramways. Bombardier is a major player in regional transportation with the SNCF TER 2N NG railcars and the AGC trains (Autorail Grande Capacité/high-capacity rail liner) which 21 French regions have ordered to date. Bombardier also currently develops and will build commuter trains to be used on the Ile-de-France suburban network. Bombardier Transportation is recognized as a global partner of the transport authorities in France.
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, 2007, were $14.8 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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