Alstom Ubunye inaugurated its rail factory in South Africa on 17 October 2019. Located in Ekurhuleni, the official opening ceremony took place in the presence of David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng, Dr Nkosindiphile Xhakaza, who is a Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance and Economic Development in Ekurhuleni, and Aurélien Lechevallier, the French Ambassador in South Africa. Also in attendance were Alstom Chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge, along with 100 guests and 565 employees.
Alstom has two joint ventures in South Africa: Alstom Ubunye and Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium. The two factories in Ekurhuleni provide employment for more than 1,500 locals. Alstom says more than 95 percent of the employees working in its two South Africa joint ventures are local.
Thanks to its collaboration with local partners IDC and CTE Alstom has now created a stronger industrial and commercial base so that it can provide a comprehensive rail transport portfolio for southern Africa.
“Since 2016 we embarked on a huge programme and investment to modernise the Alstom Ubunye factory in order to supply components for 150 trains to Gibela Rail, where the new PRASA trains are being built. The unique transfer of technology from our sites across the world has created a rail factory hub with world-class competencies. We are confident in the future of South Africa and have established the industrial footprint with a long-term vision to be an African Rail Hub of excellence.”
For the past three years now Alstom has been making efforts to transform its rail factory so it can cope with future demand. For example, it has focused on upskilling employees and installing cutting-edge equipment such as advanced robot technology. A recent milestone includes the factory’s certification to EN 15085 CL1 and ISO 3834-2 standards. These are the highest welding-certification levels for rail in existence. In particular, the CL1 certification covers safety critical components like bogie frames, end underframes and anti-intrusion boxes.
Once running at full capacity, Alstom Ubunye will have a monthly output of 62 bogies, 62 end underframes, 20 traction cases and 10 static inverters. Furthermore, the rail factory will manufacture looming, cubicles and PACIS (Passenger Public Address, Closed-Circuit Television and Information Systems). Alstom will also prepare the factory for the anticipated increase in demand for rail innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Alstom has been contracted to supply Italian railway operator, Polo Mercitalia (FS Group) with 20 Traxx DC3 electric locomotives.
The Romanian Railway Reform Authority (ARF) has contracted Alstom to supply an additional 17 Coradia Stream inter-regional trains.
Alstom has proven the capability of the Coradia iLint train to provide long-distance travel with its recording-breaking 1175km journey.
Alstom has opened a new 460 square metre engineering and innovation centre in Maia, Portugal, which will initially provide 25 jobs.
Alstom has been awarded a contract to supply a fully integrated Traffic Management System (TMS) for KiwiRail's network in New Zealand.
Alstom has announced the solutions and rolling stock it will be showing at InnoTrans 2022, with a focus on digitalisation and green mobility.
Alstom has received an order for an additional 12 VLocity DMU regional trains from the Department of Transport in Victoria.
Alstom and SNCF have unveiled the TGV M high-speed Avelia Horizon train at Alstom's La Rochelle site in France.
An Alstom-led consortium will supply the communications-based train control (CBTC) solution for the extension of Line 1 of the Panama Metro.
FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) has ordered 10 Coradia Stream regional trains from Alstom.
Alstom has been charged with the maintenance and modernisation of five five-car trainsets by the Buenos Aires subway operator Emova.
The first two new Sounder S Line rail cars have arrived in Seattle as part of Sound Transit Board's 11-car order.
14 Coradia iLint regional trains are now in passenger operation on the world’s first full hydrogen-operated route in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Alstom has signed a contract with DB Cargo Belgium and DB Cargo Netherlands to maintain a fleet of 60 DE-6400 locomotives.
SNCF Voyageurs has ordered an additional 15 new-generation Avelia Horizon very high-speed trains from Alstom.
Alstom’s first C-series railcar for Metronet is on its way to the Nowergup depot to begin dynamic testing in mid-September.
Alstom has completed production of the first two of 152 cars for the next generation Marseille metro in France.
Alstom has transferred its Coradia Polyvalent platform, its French Reichshoffen production site and its TALENT 3 platform to CAF.
ATM has contracted Alstom to electrify the first phase of Barcelona's tram connection using APS technology.
Alstom has started production of Metropolis trains for operation on Lines 8 – Diamond and 9 – Emerald in São Paulo, Brazil.
PKP PLK has granted approval to Alstom to use the ELS-96 wheel detector system on railway lines in Poland.
This week saw the inauguration of the Madrid–Burgos high-speed line – an extension of the high-speed North line (LAV).
Alstom's recruiting 150 new software developers and testers for its Digital Products Engineering Centre of Competence in Katowice, Poland.
Alstom has won the contract to expand Rio de Janeiro’s VLT system. This will offer an integrated terminal connection to a new BRT system.
Alstom’s Chinese joint venture has been awarded a contract to provide the train traction and auxiliary system for 258 Nanjing Metro cars.
Alstom and CRRC’s JV has been contracted to provide operation and maintenance services for Hong Kong International Airport's (HKIA) APM.
Alstom's industrial centre in Trápaga, Spain will manufacture the propulsion system for the new Zefiro Express high-speed trains in Sweden.
Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation has ordered 156 Movia metro cars from Alstom, which will be built at its facility in Savli, India.
Alstom has announced that it will establish an innovation centre for green rail mobility solutions at its Americas headquarters in Quebec.
NS’s new Intercity Next Generation Alstom train has been showcased to the public at Rotterdam Central Station in the Netherlands.
Alstom has concluded the transfer of Bombardier Transportation’s contribution to the ETR 1000 high-speed train to Hitachi Rail.
Lyon metro’s line B automation project has now been completed after a decade of work and 387m EUR in investment.
Alstom has signed an agreement to deliver a further 20 Traxx DC3 electric locomotives to Italy-based GTS Rail.
Olivier Loison has been named the new Managing Director of Alstom’s India cluster, taking over from Alain Sphor, who is retiring.
Alstom’s German autonomous rail pilot project has now entered its second phase with testing on two regional trains.
RFI has awarded its tender for the design and construction of an ERTMS across 42,000 kilometres of railway lines in Italy.
The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has dismissed Alstom's appeal against the award of an SBB Thurbo and RegionAlps contract to Stadler.
Alstom has signed an MoU with the developer and operator of Jakarta’s mass rapid transit (MRT) network, PT MRT Jakarta (PT MRTJ).
Alstom has carried out the first testing of a train retrofitted with European Train Control System (ETCS) equipment at Network Rail's RIDC.
Alstom has been awarded a contract to design, build, and maintain the Tel Aviv Metropolitan LRT Green Line.
PKN ORLEN and Alstom have signed a strategic cooperation agreement for the supply of zero-emission trains and hydrogen fuel.
Alstom has signed a contract to supply 130 Coradia Stream High Capacity electric double-decker trains to SFBW in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Alstom has delivered India’s first semi high-speed regional train for National Capital Region Transport Corporation’s (NCRTC) RRTS line.
Alpha Trains Group has awarded Alstom a long-term maintenance contract for 70 Traxx locomotives in its fleet.
Alstom has signed a framework contract with the Department of Transport Victoria, Australia, for 100 Flexity low-floor next generation trams.
ONxpress Transportation Partners has signed a multi-billion USD, 25-year agreement with Metrolinx for the On-Corridor Works Project.
Alstom has signed a new contract to provide operations and maintenance services for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s APM system.
Alstom has signed an agreement with Sweden’s national rail operator SJ to supply 25 Zefiro Express electric high-speed trains.
Alstom and ENGIE have signed a partnership agreement to supply a renewable hydrogen to heavy-duty European rail freight.
DB Regio has ordered 29 Coradia Stream high-capacity units from Alstom for use on the Frankfurt–Fulda–Bebra and Frankfurt–Wächtersbach lines.
See pictures of the new Amtrak Acela interiors. The trains are being manufactured by Alstom in Hornell and Rochester, New York.
Network Rail has awarded Alstom the contract to deliver Phase 5 of the London Victoria Re-signalling Programme.
Alstom has signed a contract with the Romanian Railway Reform Authority (ARF) to deliver 20 Coradia Stream electric inter-regional trains.
Alstom has signed three new supply contracts for Traxx DC3 locomotives in Italy during the latter half of January.
An Alstom / Avax joint venture has signed a signalling contract with Ergose to modernise the Thessaloniki – Idomeni mainline in Greece.
Chile: Alstom has been awarded the contract to supply its Metropolis rolling stock and Urbalis CBTC signalling system for Santiago's Line 7.
Hitachi Rail, Alstom and Ceit have signed an ERTMS contract with Italian Railways on 700km of track in four Italian regions.
Alstom has won a £49 million signalling contract as part of Network Rail's Portsmouth Direct upgrade project.
Alstom has signed a partnership agreement with export credit agency KUKE worth €1b to facilitate contract executions and secure financing.
Alstom has chosen Knorr-Bremse as its partner to supply braking, entrance and climate control systems for its Coradia Stream trains.
Alstom has signed a new contract to install a complete driverless CBTC signalling system and electromechanical infrastructure in Istanbul.
The Supreme Administrative Court of Austria has cleared Stadler, allowing the company to proceed with its contract with OEBB.
Alstom has been awarded a 130 million GBP contract as part of Network Rail’s Cambridge re-signalling project.
Shanghai Metro has awarded Alstom’s Chinese joint venture SHBRT the maintenance contract for its Line 12 metro cars.
SNCF Voyageurs and Alstom have unveiled the first French electric-diesel-battery regional train this week.
Alstom has signed two contracts with Divisione Ferroviaria TUA, worth a total of 33m euros, to improve the Abruzzo rail network in Italy.
Alstom has delivered the fortieth and final Prima T8 AZ8A heavy freight locomotive to Azerbaijan Railways.
Västtrafik has ordered 40 new Flexity (M34) trams from Alstom. This order is an option from a contract signed in 2016.
Alstom has won the contract to supply line 1 of the Turin Metro its latest generation fully driverless train-to-train CBTC system.
Alstom has been chosen to supply up to 50 of its third-generation electric Traxx locomotives to Belgium’s SNCB.
Alstom has signed three new maintenance contracts in Argentina, providing services to EMOVA and Trenes Argentinos.
European rolling stock leasing company Railpool has ordered 15 electric Traxx locomotives from manufacturer Alstom.
HS2 has signed the Rail Supply Group’s Work Pipeline Visibility Charter and will share its rail systems' technical specifications publicly.
Deutsche Bahn will begin testing Alstom’s battery electric multiple unit (BEMU) on DB Regio passenger services from next week.
Alstom has released the details of its orders and sales for the first nine months of the financial year 2021/22.
Sławomir Cyza has been appointed CEO and Managing Director (MD) of Alstom in Poland, Ukraine and Baltic States.
Alstom has signed an agreement to provide up to 200 Coradia Nordic trains to Norske Tog in Norway's largest rail procurement contract.
The Lusail tramway has entered commercial service in Qatar with 28 low-floor Alstom Citadis X05 trams carrying passengers in the city.
DB Regio has ordered 17 Coradia Stream electric multiple units for the Main-Weser subnetwork between Frankfurt, Giessen, Marburg and Kassel.
Bucharest’s metro network operator Metrorex has chosen Alstom to continue providing maintenance services for its fleet until 2036.
Alstom's driverless automatic people mover has entered passenger service at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport.
Belgian operator SNCB is exercising a contract option under a framework agreement signed in 2015 for 98 M7 train cars.
Alstom is to provide 16 eight-car Omneo Premium trains for the Marseille-Nice line that Transdev will operate from 2025.
25 Alstom Citadis X05 trams have entered passenger service on Attiko Metro’s Athens and Piraeus network, having completed successful testing.
Alstom will build a new production line in Morocco in order to manufacture on-board transformers in-country.
Alstom has signed a ten-year framework agreement with Irish Rail (IE) for up to 750 new X’trapolis commuter rail cars.
The contract to design, build and maintain the HS2 rolling stock fleet for Phase 1 London-Birmingham has gone to the Hitachi Rail-Alstom JV.
Alstom has signed an MoU with oil and gas company MOL to explore the use of hydrogen technology for rail transport in Hungary.
As part of Alstom's acquisition of Bombardier Transportation, the companies agreed to divest a number of assets, including the V300 ZEFIRO.
Alstom has signed a contract with Metrolinx to refurbish 94 BiLevel series VII commuter rail cars for GO Transit.
Alstom and Liebherr – Aerospace and Transportation SAS have signed a collaboration agreement aimed at optimising hydrogen systems.
Turkey’s AYGM and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality have chosen Alstom to help upgrade the country's signalling infrastructure.
Hynamics has signed a new partnership agreement with Alstom to reduce the time needed to refuel hydrogen trains.
The second of two Alstom light rail vehicles (LRV) has now arrived at the Finch West Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) in Toronto.
Alstom formally opened its new manufacturing facility in Coimbatore, India with a ceremony attended by France’s Ambassador to India.
Israel Railways has issued a notice to proceed for the supply of 36 TRAXX P160 AC3 electric locomotives manufactured by Alstom.
Alstom and Eversholt Rail have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at the development of 10 three-car hydrogen trains for the UK.
The Office of Rail and Road has published its Signalling Market Study, launched in November 2020, to improve competition in the sector in GB.
Alstom has won the largest metro rolling stock contract in Egypt: it will supply 55 Metropolis trainsets for the Cairo Metro Line 1.
Please fill in the contact form opposite. A member of the team will be in touch shortly.