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March 26, 2008 10:00 ET

Grand Opening of Bombardier Plant in Vienna

Inauguration of Europe's Most Modern Manufacturing Plant for Trams and Light Rail Vehicles - A Central Site for Bombardier in Austria

VIENNA, AUSTRIA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - A ceremony and numerous guests from politics, commerce and government participated in the inauguration of Bombardier Transportation's new tram and light rail manufacturing plant on Wednesday. 500 employees joined Laurent Beaudoin, CEO and Chairman of Bombardier Inc., Andre Navarri, President Bombardier Transportation, and Wolfgang Tolsner, Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation together with the Austrian Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Employment, Dr. Martin Bartenstein, as well as the Mayor and Governor of Vienna, Dr. Michael Haupl, to celebrate the occasion.

Europe's most modern facility for manufacturing trams and light rail vehicles in Vienna-Donaustadt was constructed in the record time of 14 months. The Vienna Business Agency (WWFF) handed over the new plant on schedule in late October 2007. Work started at the new site in early November 2007.

The relocation of the 500 workers and transfer of production equipment from the old site in Floridsdorf to the new Donaustadt plant represented a further logistical masterstroke. The seamless transition, including run-up and test phase, took place over a few weeks without interruption to ongoing operations. In addition, the new facility brings together all of Bombardier's Austrian divisions in a single site.

"The fact that this highly complex construction and relocation project was completed so smoothly is primarily due to the extraordinary commitment of our partners and staff", said Wolfgang Tolsner, Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier Transportation. "I would particularly like to thank our Viennese partners and the Vienna Business Agency (WWFF) for their strong support."

The site in Hermann-Gebauer Strasse is now home to 20,000 square metres of production, office and storage space. The WWFF was not only responsible for the project design and the funding concept, but also for the extensive input into organising the project.

With the new facility features Bombardier Transportation proves its commitment to eco-friendly products and manufacturing. Compared to the old site, production-related CO2 emissions will be reduced by 443 tons per year. This includes recuperation for all processes generating heat like painting and sandblasting as well as environmentally advanced applications, i.e. two-component painting facilities. The site is specialised in the final assembly of trams and light rail vehicles, with a direct railway connection for supply and delivery. The 160 metre long test track and transfer table for vehicles also allows on-site testing. An up-to-date warehouse management system for central storage plus an option to manufacture over two floors enables state-of-the-art production processes.

The relocation has enabled the world market leader in rail equipment to overcome the difficulties associated with an ageing factory structure and the absence of any opportunity to modernise and expand, as was the case at the old site. Annual production is expected to be up to 70 trams and light rail vehicles. The new site will manufacture vehicles for cities such as Vienna (the Badner-Bahn, U6 low-floor), Linz, Innsbruck, Stockholm and Porto.

"Our new site fulfils all of the production requirements of an international industrial operation," said a delighted Grego Peters, Acting President Light Rail Vehicles Division of Bombardier Transportation. "This will ensure that Vienna, as a centre of expertise for the tram and light railway vehicle business sectors, will also continue to play a key role in Bombardier's strong plant structure."

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About Bombardier Transportation in Austria

Bombardier Transportation currently employs over 500 people in Vienna. The site is a centre of competence for trams and light rail vehicles which are developed and manufactured for the Austrian and the European market. In addition, the Vienna location houses Bombardier Transportation business units for propulsion and controls as well as services.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

Contact Information

  • New contact details for the Vienna site:
    Bombardier Transportation Austria GmbH & Co.KG
    Hermann Gebauer Strasse 5
    A-1220 Vienna, Austria
    Tel: +43 1 25110-0
    Fax: +43 1 25110-300
    or
    Jurgen Kornmann
    + 49 30 986 07 1138