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Bombardier setting up coach factory in Vadodara Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Wednesday, 10 October 2007

New Delhi: Bombardier Transportation will set up a facility for manufacturing and assembling of coaches for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The company has acquired over 1.40 lakh square feet of area near Savli in South Gujarat.

Bombardier will manufacture coach shells and bogies in the new factory and expand its existing factory (which manufactures converters for Indian Railways’ locomotives) to make propulsion equipment for metro coaches.

The company would invest upwards of €25 million for the facility. About 500-550 workers would be hired for the factory, comprising about 450 blue-collar workers and 100 supervisors and engineers. Bombardier chose Vadodara for various reasons like the factory being located near a rail-link and several supporting companies’ presence in the region.

The coaches will have stainless steel bodies, with state of the art propulsion system. The cost of each coach would be around Rs 7.35 crore. Initially the trains would be manufactured in company's units in Germany and Sweden and later would be manufactured in the Hyderabad unit.

Bombardier has an engineering facility in Hyderabad and a converter (for locomotives of Indian Railways) manufacturing facility in Vadodara.

According to sources, DMRC has paid Rs 2,500 crore ($590-million) to Bombardier for the deal, under which the coaches would be delivered between November 2008 and March 2009.

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