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Benoit Cattin Martel takes over as new President & MD of Bombardier in India Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Mumbai: Bombardier Transportation has appointed Benoit Cattin Martel as President and Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation India and Chief Country Representative. Cattin Martel succeeds Rajeev Jyoti, who has left the company.

Bombardier’s latest state-of-the-art facility was established in Savli, Gujarat, in 2008. The Savli site represents Bombardier’s largest investment in Asia, totalling 33 million euro, and was built in a record time of just 18 months.

With that investment, Bombardier became the first foreign multinational company to set up a wholly-owned railway manufacturing plant in India for the production and final assembly of bogies and carbodies. The site is currently executing an order to deliver a total of 538 BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro cars to the Delhi Metro Corporation, 324 of which are already successfully operating on Delhi’s metro network. Upon completion of phase II of the Delhi metro expansion, the modern MOVIA high-capacity vehicles will transport 2.5 million passengers every day, significantly reducing journey times and alleviating the city’s heavy traffic congestion and pollution.

The first site established by Bombardier in India was in Vadodara, Gujarat, in 1997 for the production of propulsion systems and components. This was followed by a software engineering pool for the development and delivery of rail control solutions, in the same city. In 2003, Bombardier Transportation India expanded again, opening a railway vehicle engineering centre at Infotech, in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. The sites are involved in key projects in India, such as the manufacturing of propulsion systems for India Railways’ WAP5 and WAG9 electric locomotives and the delivery of two Traffic Management Systems for Mumbai’s Western and Central Railways. Together, these are used to manage the world’s most dense train operation service – more than 2,400 train services daily. In the area of  rail control solutions, Bombardier is also responsible for the train control and signalling systems of two line sections on the Delhi Metro, totalling some 37 km.

Cattin Martel has successfully lead many senior management roles within Bombardier and has an in-depth knowledge of the Asian market.

“I am honoured to represent Bombardier in India, a country to which we have a strategic long-term commitment and where we are willing to expand further,” Benoit Cattin Martel said. “For more than three decades, this company has invested in India. Those investments have come in the form of manufacturing facilities, state-of-the-art technologies and, most importantly, the people of India. In that time, we have established a significant presence in the market, and today we have several manufacturing sites that offer world class rail products and solutions made in India.”

 
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