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Bombardier Opens New Production Hall at its Wrocław Site
  • New building provides additional capacities for the production of key projects
  • Bombardier’s main site in Poland equipped with newest technology
  • Investment strengthens Bombardier’s commitment to Poland as a growing market
  • Wroclaw, November 3, 2016 – Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation inaugurated a new 20,000 square meter production and painting hall for high speed train car bodies today at its Wrocław site in Poland. The opening ceremony was attended by the Canadian Ambassador to Poland, the Honorable Stephen de Boer, as well as customers and partners.

    “Bombardier is the largest international investor in the rail transportation industry in Poland. We have more than 1,500 highly skilled employees in Katowice, Łódź, Warsaw and Wrocław”, said Janusz Kucmin, Chief Country Representative for Poland, Bombardier Transportation. “As we’re investing in a new state-of-the-art car body production hall, we’re developing our employees’ skills, as well as the capabilities of our Wrocław site. We expect to partner more closely with Poland to further equip the country with our broad and performing portfolio of rail solutions.”

    The new hall, equipped with unique 3D laser-welding technology, will support the production ramp-up of car bodies for Deutsche Bahn’s prestigious ICE4 train. With a capital expenditure of almost 250 million PLN ($64 million US, 58 million euro), the new setup represents a significant investment by Bombardier, which will strengthen the role of the Wrocław site in the railway market.

    At 190,300 square meters, Bombardier’s Wrocław site specializes on the production of modern car bodies and bogie frames for many different railway vehicles. Recent projects include BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives which operate in Poland, Europe and in the North American markets, as well as car bodies for the new commuter trains for Hamburg (S-Bahn). Almost 2,400 locomotive car bodies and more than 16,000 bogie frames have been produced in Wrocław so far.

    The site is one of the oldest rolling stock factories in Europe, and the oldest continuously operating rolling stock factory in Poland. Production at the site began in the 1830’s, giving the company about 180 years of rolling stock manufacturing tradition. Bombardier took over the Państwowa Fabryka Wagonów (PAFAWAG) site in 2001.

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