Bombardier Wins Contract from Akiem for 10 TRAXX Locomotives

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation and the leasing company Akiem S.A. have signed a contract for the delivery of 10 BOMBARDIER TRAXX DC locomotives, with an option of up to 10 additional locomotives. Based on list price, the firm order is valued at approximately 33 million euro (44 million US) the total potential contract value if the option for 10 additional locomotives is exercised would be approximately 65 million euro (86 million US).

The locomotives will be used for freight transport in Italy and Poland. Delivery is scheduled between the third quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. It will expand Akiem’s TRAXX fleet of 15 locomotives that were ordered in 2013. In Poland alone around 70 TRAXX locomotives are in operation - the largest fleet of state-of-the-art locomotives currently operating in this country. In Italy more than 100 TRAXX locomotives are in use.

“This contract is a new step in Akiem's European development, this fleet of pure DC3kV TRAXX is answering customers’ requirements for a cost efficient and reliable traction solution in both Polish and Italian domestic markets. This contract is the result of a real partnership with Bombardier, all our new 3kV TRAXX’s customer will benefit from the skills of Akiem engineers and Akiem’s spare-parts and components storage which we developed with our previous AC and MS TRAXX fleet” said Fabien Rochefort CEO of Akiem.  

The locomotives are designed for speeds of up to 140 km/h and are well known for their high reliability, excellent traction capabilities, energy efficiency and low maintenance cost. Bombardier will assemble the locomotives in Vado Ligure, Italy. The carbodies are manufactured at Bombardier’s Wroclaw site in Poland, the bogies in Siegen, Germany, and traction converters in Trapaga, Spain.

Bombardier’s proven TRAXX DC locomotives have been operating in revenue service since 2007. More than 160 TRAXX DC locomotives are currently operating in Italy, Poland and Spain. TRAXX is viewed as the most successful locomotive platform in Europe with over 1700 locomotive sold for freight and passenger service.

*DC locomotive: electric locomotive, designed for operating under direct current (DC) catenary system in Europe with 3 kV.

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 for operators and passengers. 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 Akiem

Akiem is a European leader in locomotive leasing dedicated to freight and passenger operators.

With more than 300 locomotives in operation, Akiem offers flexible leasing solutions from dry lease up to full-service packages. Akiem is headquartered in Paris, with offices in Germany, Poland and Morocco and has a diversified portfolio of customers in most of European countries and in Morocco. The extensive experience and expertise in railway operation of Akiem teams are dedicated to customer efficiency and performance. Akiem is the first locomotive lessor to be certified “Entity in Charge of Maintenance”

Akiem is a company of Ermewa Group, a European leader in rental of specialized freight railcars and a world leader in specialized tank containers leasing with a turnover in 2013 over 500 M€. Ermewa Group is a subsidiary of SNCF Geodis.

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 Indices. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, we posted revenues of $18.2 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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