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Bombardier Transportation unveils Movia Metro Car at Vibrant Gujarat Exhibition Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Ahmedabad: Bombardier Transportation, a key participant in the prestigious Vibrant Gujarat Exhibition, has unveiled today the first full scale mock-up of its advanced Bombardier MOVIA metro vehicle, a high-capacity metro car that will soon be transporting over 4 million passengers daily in Delhi Metro's extended network. The MOVIA metro cars will be locally manufactured in Savli, at Bombardier's new railway vehicle plant.

Vibrant Gujarat, a biennial exhibition organised by the State Government was inaugurated today at Ahmedabad's Science City, and aims at bringing together key business leaders, investors, policy and opinion makers on an analogous platform to understand and explore business opportunities in the State of Gujarat.

Bombardier became  one of Gujarat's key industry players with the opening of its new manufacturing site in Savli is directly generating 750 new jobs dedicated to railway vehicle production, including stainless steel carbody manufacturing, bogie manufacturing and final assembly activities. In addition, a further 2000 indirect jobs will be created based on increased activity in Bombardier's local supplier base.

The company, which has been present in Gujarat for more than 35 years, already has a software development centre in Vadodara and a manufacturing facility at Maneja. This new investment of 33 million euros underlines Bombardier Transportation's long-term commitment to Gujarat as well as developing the mobility infrastructure of India.

Present at the exhibition, Rajeev Jyoti, Managing Director, India, Bombardier Transportation said, "the state of Gujarat has always had a climate conducive to industrial development and business functionality. Gujarat's present political leadership is strongly focused on development of industrial infrastructure and all these factors combined make Gujarat an extremely attractive destination for potential investors, along with the proven success of companies like Bombardier which are already established here."

He added further, "We wish to thank the support Government has given us during the set-up of Savli and Maneja sites in Vadodara and look forward to further strengthening our presence and commitment to India in the future."

The Savli manufacturing site, which is a state of the art facility and the first in India to be wholly-owned by a global foreign company, was built in a record 18 months and will be operating shortly; with the first railway cars already expected at the assembly lines by March 2009. Bombardier's new manufacturing site in India was designed and built from scratch following the most modern industrial standards worldwide and based on a transfer of technology from Bombardier's state-of-the-art railway vehicle manufacturing plant located in Gorlitz, Germany.

The new site is set to serve the mobility needs of other Indian cities as well as in the South East Asia region, of which the first order is the delivery of 424 BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro cars to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). To ensure a successful transfer of technology, the first 36 metro cars for DMRC will be produced by Bombardier in Germany while the remaining 388 metro cars will be produced in Vadodara, India.

Given all other production and engineering activities Bombardier is involved in here, such as the propulsion systems manufacturing site and the signaling systems software engineering centre, Vadodara has now become the only city in the world equipped to deliver all key electrical and mechanical components for the manufacturing of railway vehicles.

Like other countries experiencing rapid growth and industrialization, India too is facing environmental concerns regarding its development, in particular the issue of energy efficiency across industries. Responding to these needs, Bombardier recently introduced its BOMBARDIER ECO4 modular portfolio of innovative technologies, products and services which plan the energy efficiency of new transportation systems through innovative design and technology advancements, creating substantial overall energy savings of up to 50 per cent.

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