Bombardier wins US$214M propulsion rail contract in India

Mumbai Railway Vikas Corp orders is for 72 commuter trains of 12 cars each

November 29, 2011
by Canadian Press

MONTREAL: Bombardier’s transportation division has beat out three rivals to win a “breakthrough” US$214-million propulsion systems contract to power regional trains in India. The order is from Mumbai Railway Vikas Corp, a joint venture between India’s national government and the state of Maharashtra.

Production of the Mitrac propulsion and control equipment will take place at a recently expanded Bombardier plant in Maneja, India, supported by Bombardier’s sites in Germany. Deliveries will begin in the last quarter of 2012 and be completed in the third quarter of 2014.

“It is a prestigious project and the largest for Bombardier’s propulsion and controls business in India,” said Benoit Cattin Martel, president and managing director of Bombardier Transportation India. It also marks the inaugural use in India of Bombardier energy-efficient propulsion equipment for commuter trains in India.

Bombardier said the order is for a total of 72 commuter trains of 12 cars each to be built by local company, Integral Coach Factory. The propulsion systems will allow the trains to travel to a maximum of 110km per hour and operate in temperatures of up to 50C, extremely high humidity, salty air and monsoon-type flooding.

The Berlin-based division of transportation giant Bombardier Inc beat rivals Zelri (Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute), BHEL/Alstom and Sumitomo-Mitsubishi-TSA to win the contract. Rolling stock accounts for 70 percent of Bombardier Transportation revenues. Propulsion and control along with systems signalling provide 15 percent, while after-sales and service make up the remaining 15 percent.

The contract follows a US$120-million order announced in September to supply 76 subway cars for the Delhi metro. Bombardier will have delivered 614 metro cars since 2007.