Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, celebrates an important milestone with 20 years of sustained and successful presence in the Mexican rail manufacturing industry. For the occasion, Bombardier is holding a twentieth anniversary ceremony in the presence of government officials from Mexico, Canada and Québec, along with customers, local economic development and union representatives.
As part of its development strategy in Mexico in 1992, Bombardier chose Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo to install its design and manufacturing plant for passenger trains, after-market maintenance and customer service. Bombardier established its footprint in Mexico with the acquisition of Constructora Nacional de Carros de Ferrocarril S.A de C.V. (Concarril), a rolling stock manufacturer present in the industry since 1952. Throughout the years, this plant has produced various rail vehicles products such as metro cars, light rail trains, locomotives, regional trains as well as subassemblies.
Bombardier Transportation is the only rail company with integrated engineering and manufacturing capabilities in Mexico and leads the Mexican market with close to 70 per cent of all the rolling stock in operation.
Participating at the Bombardier in Mexico twentieth anniversary celebrations, Laurent Beaudoin, Chairman of the Board said: “Having been personally involved in the acquisition of Concarril in 1992, I am proud to celebrate this twentieth anniversary of our presence in Mexico. By this acquisition, Bombardier was able to expand in other business sectors in Mexico and contribute to the economy and create jobs in our different fields of expertise.”
Bombardier’s commitment to the Mexican market has been demonstrated over the last few years with millions of dollars invested in equipment, site upgrades, and training in its Mexican facilities. True to the company’s vision, Bombardier Transportation in Mexico is committed to be an active and responsible corporate citizen in the communities where it is located. Together with the Government of the State of Hidalgo, Bombardier has participated in the BECATE program to help train welders, buyers and designers with the objective of integrating workers into Bombardier’s specialized manufacturing processes. Bombardier Transportation has also established partnerships with leading Mexican universities, including Tecnológico de Monterrey.
“Through our development strategy in Mexico, we were engaged to develop strong roots in this country and were confident that we could rely on a determined and proud workforce. The first twenty years of operations have proved us right. Every day, we have vibrant examples of the Bombardier expertise and the Sahagún quality of work,” said Raymond Bachant, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America.