Alstom has opened a new Engineering and Innovation centre in Maia, Porto district, as part of company’s commitment to increase its footprint in Portugal and provide better service to its customers and projects in the country.
With a total size of approximately 460 m2 and an initial team of 25 engineers and technicians, the centre has an ambitious growth plan for the upcoming years. The new site also includes a warehouse with capacity for storage and repair of components for the current projects and clients that Alstom is working with, in Portugal.
During the inauguration, Prof. Andrade Ferreira at the Centro de Competências Ferroviário highlighted the “important role of Alstom’s new Innovation centre, as well as the collaboration between this company and the CCF, in order to explore new opportunities in terms of knowledge sharing, entrepreneurship, innovation and applied research, with positive effects on the national economy.”
The new Engineering and Innovation centre will have as its main mission to develop cutting-edge solutions in the area of digital mobility and signalling, both for the Portuguese market and for Alstom’s international projects around the world.
Alstom is “is strongly committed to the Portuguese market, actively contributing to the development of the industry and the local economy. This commitment is demonstrated by the inauguration of the new Engineering and Innovation centre in Maia, which will have advanced technical and logistical competences, also contributing to the creation of more quality jobs in Portugal,” David Torres, Managing Director of Alstom Portugal said at the inauguration.
In Portugal, two out of three trains in circulation in our country were manufactured by Alstom or with Alstom technology, including high-speed, regional, metro and tram trains. The French company also delivered management and signalling systems for more than 1,500 km of the Portuguese rail network, and equipped more than 500 on-board units. In terms of urban mobility, Alstom was in charge of the signalling system for Metro do Porto and the 102 trains that currently serve this network, also providing the ATP (Automatic Train Protection) system installed on board the 18 trains recently acquired by this operator.