BERLIN, ST.-BRUNO, Qué.—Bombardier is building a new Product Design and Development Centre for designing and protoyping passenger rail vehicles for the North American market at its facility in St-Bruno, Québec.
Set to open in Spring 2012, its main function will be research and development partnerships with institutions in the region. The passenger rail vehicles designed at the centre will be built at Bombardier’s various manufacturing facilities across North America.
Bombardier is opening a series of new centres of excellence and enhancing its existing centres for technological innovation. This includes the opening of a new Centre of Excellence (CoE) for its next generation electric mobility solution BOMBARDIER PrimoveCity is the latest step in this process.
Located at the company’s engineering and manufacturing site in Mannheim, Germany, the CoE is finetuning Bombardier’s inductive e-mobility solutions for urban transportation with all modes of electric vehicles, from trams and buses to commercial vehicles and cars.
The testing and development facility will open in autumn of 2011 and will support partnerships, projects and opportunities in the fast moving electric mobility sector. BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE technology has already been demonstrated successfully with a Bombardier low floor tram in Augsburg, Germany, and with a bus on a 125 m stretch of road in Lommel, Belgium, where tests are also due to begin with a passenger car.
The opening of the Mannheim CoE follows the successful launch of Bombardier’s new CoE for Rail Signalling Engineering, in July 2011.
The new centre in Madrid will house more than 200 engineers working on signalling projects for Europe and Latin America. These projects include the installation of the advanced train protection and control solution BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 communication-based train control (CBTC) for four lines of the London Underground (UK) and lines 1 and 6 of Metro Madrid.
Bombardier Transportation, a global player in rail technology, is headquartered in Berlin and has a presence in 60 countries with an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.
Parent company Bombardier Inc., headquartered in Montreal, builds commercial aircraft, business jets, rail transportation equipment, systems and services and posted 2011 revenues of $17.7 billion.