In April-June 2012, Alstom Group’s contracts amounted to EUR 6 Billion, 20% more compared to the same period last year. The sales segment recorded a 6% growth (EUR 4.8 Billion).
As a promoter of sustainable transport, Alstom Transport expands activity through the development and sale of a complete range of railway systems, equipments and services. As part of the transport division, the contracts signed in the first quarter of 2012 are estimated at EUR 2.3 Billion.
“Alstom is expanding vigorously and despite the economic crisis demand is on the increase, especially in emerging countries. For Alstom, attention to its customers’ requirements and the work of developing, testing and introducing products in record time are all vital issues”, declared Henri Poupart-Lafarge, President Alstom Transport.
The company presented its latest technologies, solutions and services for urban, suburban, regional, main line and freight trains during the international railway technology fair, InnoTrans 2012. Rolling stock included regional train Coradia Nordic and the tram-train, Citadis Dualis.
The urban fabric now stretches well beyond the city centre, with regional and urban networks tending to merge. Users’ needs are changing, driven by a desire to travel seamlessly between city centres and neighbouring towns without having to change their mode of transportation. The Citadis Dualis tram-train is a new response to this need for mobility, enabling fluid daily journeys between urban and suburban environments.
The Coradia Nordic is a regional train featuring Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) technology able to run at speeds of up to 160 kph while meeting the highest environmental standards, the materials used being 95% recyclable. The distributed traction system optimises the braking and acceleration of each carriage, reducing energy consumption . The train can also be equipped with an ERTMS signalling system, in compliance with the latest interoperability standards.
At InnoTrans, Alstom Transport and NETINERA Deutschland signed a contract worth EUR 300 Million for the deli-very of 63 Coradia Lint regional trains. The trains will serve Frankfurt-Saarbrücken and Koblenz-Kaiserslautern routes starting with December 2014. Coradia diesel trains can reach speeds of up to 140 km/h and will be equipped with video cameras, air-conditioning systems and facilities for the access of disabled people. Trains will have large capacity: 160 seats (Lint 54) and 270 seats (Lint 81).
In September, Italian regional operator Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM) expanded its order to 10 additional Coradia Meridian trains. The order is estimated at EUR 67 Million. Trains will be delivered at the beginning of 2014. Coradia Meridian electric units have five wagons and can reach maximum speeds of 160 km/h.
At InnoTrans, SNCF awarded Alstom Transport “Best Manufacturing Facility 2012” during the “SNCF Equipment Supplier Excellence”. The award was granted for the development of rolling stock, from design to commissioning.
Performance was evaluated at the Alstom’s Belfort site using the EDMA process (Dynamic Multi-Axial Evaluation). The assessment made by SNCF focused on two areas, the first one looking at qua-
lity and logistics, the second on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and management. The Belfort site is Alstom’s centre of excellence for the design and manufacture of locomotives, very high speed trains and Euroduplex trains.