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January 18, 2016 04:35 ET

Bombardier Presents First New INNOVIA Metro 300 Train and Production Facilities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

- Bombardier Hartasuma consortium to complete production of BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Metro 300 trains at local assembly facility in Westport, Malaysia

- New train fleet will increase public transport capacity in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 18, 2016) -

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Today, rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation and its consortium partner Hartasuma presented the first BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Metro 300 train for Kuala Lumpur and showcased local assembly facilities at Westport to the senior executives from their long-term customers Prasarana and train operator Rapid Rail.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad Chairman Tan Sri Ismail Adam said that the new trains will definitely further boost the image of Prasarana and Rapid Rail, the operator of Rapid KL LRT services. "We hope the introduction of the new trains will further encourage more people to use public transport and support the Government's aspiration to increase the public transport modal share," said Tan Sri Ismail.

Pierre Attendu, President, Division Systems & Asia/Australia at Bombardier Transportation, said, "Our history with Malaysia's rail industry is denoted by our strong partnerships and today we are pleased to celebrate our continuing business relationships with Prasarana, Rapid Rail and Hartasuma. At this well-equipped production facility here in Westport, the Bombardier Hartasuma consortium will complete the new fleet of INNOVIA Metro 300 trains to the high standards demanded by our customer, the operator and Kuala Lumpur's citizens."

Prasarana has ordered 14 of the new generation INNOVIA Metro 300 trains for services operated by Rapid Rail on the Kelana Jaya line. The new trains will increase capacity and enhance public transport in the growing city of Kuala Lumpur. Designed, constructed and tested at Bombardier's Centre of Competence for Mass Transit Systems in Kingston, Canada, the trains will be completed by a local production team at the Westport facility in Malaysia. Their work will include the installation of the complete interior, including onboard systems for security and communications, as well as the final completion stages, prior to final testing on the network. The first four-car train is currently in completion in Westport and deliveries are scheduled to start in mid-2016.

The latest generation of INNOVIA Metro 300 trains is designed with sustainability in mind. Equipped with Linear Induction Motor (LIM) propulsion technology, the trains are energy efficient for lower operating costs while providing passengers with a smooth and comfortable ride. With its ongoing investment in local production facilities and workforce training, Bombardier continues to actively participate in Offset Programmes that increase local skills and provide high-value employment in Malaysia's capital.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology and offers the broadest portfolio in the industry. It covers the full spectrum of rail solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling. The company also provides complete transport systems, e-mobility technology and maintenance services. As an innovation driver, Bombardier Transportation continuously breaks new ground in sustainable mobility. It provides integrated solutions that create substantial benefits for operators, passengers and the environment. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation employs around 37,700 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, we posted revenues of $20.1 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

About Hartasuma

Hartasuma, with vast experience and core competencies in the areas of engineering, refurbishment, overhaul, operations and maintenance, assembly and supply of Light Rail Transit vehicles, has distinguished itself as one of the leading integrated rolling stock and rail services companies in the region. With the use of modular technology at its production facility which, sits strategically on a 7-acre site in Westport, Hartasuma offers a complete range of services, comprising design, engineering and manufacturing systems, coordination, modular construction, assemblies, technical assistance and consultancy, including project management, operations and maintenance. Hartsuma takes pride in having overhauled, refurbished, rehabilitated and supplied more than 300 cars/coaches to the Keretapi Tanah Melayu.

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