Bombardier - AnsaldoBreda to build very fast trains

3 April, 2008

BY OUR AUTOMOBILE CORRESPONDENT

Bombardier Transportation and AnsaldoBreda, a Finmeccanica subsidiary for the railway sector, have inked an agreement to jointly develop, bid and manufacture a new high speed train capable of traveling at more than 300 km per hour. Finmeccanica is Italy’s leading high-tech company, operative in the design and manufacture of helicopters, civil and military aircrafts, aero structures, satellites, space infrastructure, missiles and defense electronics.

The proposed high speed train would be capable of eliminating the shortcomings of existing concepts. According to a source, important aspects such as improved operating efficiency and safety, enhanced seating capacity and compliance with European interoperability standards will be addressed while manufacturing the vehicles. This will be possible by applying the leading technologies recently developed by Bombardier Transportation and Finmeccanica for the global high speed rail sector.

As the leading supplier of passenger rail equipment and services worldwide, Bombardier has around 20 years of experience in the high speed sector and has participated in the delivery of almost 850 trains and vehicles for high-speed and very high-speed applications worldwide. Bombardier has been a key player in the delivery of almost all very high-speed trains operating today in Europe, including the ICE family of trains in Germany, the ETR 500 in Italy, the AVE S-102 in Spain and four different series of TGV in France. This experience has recently culminated in its evolutionary in-house development, known as Bombardier ZEFIRO high-speed technology.

Utilising service-proven systems and components from some of the most successful high-speed trains in Europe and China, including the optimum in
carbody, bogies, propulsion and pantograph equipment, the Zefiro technology allows to create tailor-made solutions for individual customer requirements’ to ensure their commercial success. Zefiro technology was recently incorporated within a contract in China for the delivery of 20 EMU sleeper trainsets, awarded in October 2007.

AnsaldoBreda is the Finmeccanica’s specialist in the manufacture of technologically advanced rolling stock for railway and urban transit systems that represents the state-of-the-art in both mechanical and electrical aspects. The company builds complete trains, high-speed trains, diesel and electrical locomotives, double-decker electric trains, Electric Multiple Unit (EMU), Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU), single and double-decker passenger cars, subway cars and Sirio trams.

 

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