Bombardier Wins ‘Excellence in Technology’ Award at Inaugural European Rail Congress in London

  • BOMBARDIER FLEXX Tronic WAKO system is recognised at prestigious award ceremony

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation won the prestigious ‘Excellence in Technology’ prize at the inaugural European Rail Congress Award ceremony held in London on November 12. The European Rail Congress aims to reward and encourage European railway excellence and innovation. The winners of each of the 19 award categories were selected by a panel of members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Bombardier received the award for Excellence in Technology for the FLEXX Tronic WAKO system - an innovative mechatronic solution designed to compensate the natural roll movement of a train carbody. Thesystem allows increased speed in curves resulting in shorter journey times with lower investment in infrastructure. The system also provides economic benefits to operators through lower energy consumption and reduced wheel and rail wear, which in turn extends wheel life. The FLEXX Tronic system will feature on the new BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX Express trains being provided for SBB in Switzerland.

The European Rail Congress aims to bring the European railway industry together to celebrate its achievements in providing efficient, high quality and safe connectivity across Europe. The summit provided a dynamic platform for key European rail industry figures to discuss key issues, share best practice and identify key challenges and opportunities for the European rail market. Speakers at the Congress included Vladimir Yakunin, President, Russian Railways, Alain Flausch, UITP, Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Underground and London Rail, and Anders Ygeman, Chair of Committee on Transport and Communications, Rikstag (Swedish Parliament).

Bombardier’s FLEXX bogie portfolio is the most comprehensive in the world. Every day, more than 200,000 FLEXX bogies operating around the globe cover a distance equivalent to 130 return trips from the Earth to the moon and under a variety of challenging conditions, ranging from Scandinavian winters to the Saudi Arabian heat in the desert and reaching altitudes of more than 5,000 metres near the roof of the world in China.

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 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, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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