Savli / Toronto: The world’s second largest train maker by sales, Bombardier Inc., will use its first Indian metro rail coach factory as a hub for exporting to South-East Asia as it wins more orders in the region.
Bombardier will begin assembly of rail coaches at Savli in Gujarat from March, it said in a statement issued at the factory site.
The Montreal-based company is looking to capture new business in Asia’s third largest economy, which is improving public transport in cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore. Bombardier, which also has manufacturing facilities in China, last week won a $377 million (Rs1,840 crore) order to supply Movia rail cars to Singapore.
Growth plans: An engineer works on the base unit of a coach inside India’s private railway equipment production unit of Bombardier. Amit Dave / Reuters
India, Singapore, Thailand and other Asian countries are building more railway networks to ease urban traffic. Singapore’s government said in January it will double spending on subways.
Bombardier’s Savli facility was set up to supply Movia coaches for Delhi Metro Rail Corp. The company has an order to provide 424 Movia rail coaches to Delhi Metro, of which of 388 will be produced at the Indian site, and the rest supplied from Germany, the statement said.
The company has won orders for more than 3,300 Movia cars from cities such as London and Shanghai. Bombardier metro cars are in service with operators in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
Bombardier is competing with Siemens AG and Alstom SA to win an order to supply at least 660 electric locomotives to the Indian Railways, Mint had reported on 3 October.