Pro France, which was founded in 2010, has awarded Bombardier Transportation the ‘Guaranteed French Origin’ label for two of its trains. They are the Francilien and the Bombardier OMNEO (Regio 2N). Bombardier engineers designed both of them at the company’s Crespin site in Hauts-de-France. That is also where they are manufactured.
Laurent Bouyer, President, Bombardier Transportation France, said:
‘This is the first time a ‘Guaranteed French Origin’ label has been granted to the rail industry. This is a recognition of the know-how of our Crespin site employees and our commitment towards our clients, passengers, and the French rail industry sector. Since Bombardier’s establishment in Crespin (North) 30 years ago, we have shown our dedication to France, in terms of rail innovation, economic returns and local employment.”
The Guaranteed French Origin label is the only certification that independently guarantees the French origin of the product in question. It also means Bombardier adhered to stringent standards. Bureau Veritas, the certifying body, conducted an audit and confirmed the two trains complied with the necessary criteria qualifying them for the Guaranteed French Origin label. Both the Francilien and the OMNEO / Regio 2N have all their processing steps performed in France. In addition, more than half of their unit cost price comes from the country. The minimum to qualify for the label is 50 percent. In particular, this label has tighter requirements than a product that can label itself ‘Made in France’.
Bombardier designs and manufactures both of the trains at its site in Crespin. The site has a workforce of around 2,000. The employees at the site work closely with local suppliers, of which 75 percent are based in France. In addition, many have established themselves in the dedicated industrial estate next to the Bombardier facility.
The Francilien is a cutting-edge train that is popular with its passengers in the Ile-de-France region. They praise its comfort and its interior design. Bombardier is proud that this train helps maintain high punctuality levels on the line. This is because Bombardier has equipped it with predictive technologies. Ile-de-France Mobilités has ordered 360 Francilien trains via SNCF since 2006.
The OMNEO is a double-decker train. The intercity version of this platform is the OMNEO Premium. It has a top speed of 200km/h. The Regio 2N version, meanwhile, is for regional and greater metropolitan applications. The French regions have ordered more than 400 OMNEO transets through SNCF since 2010. Of these, 91 have been OMNEO Premium trains and 310 have been Regio 2N trains.
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