Bombardier opens a new test centre in Saxony

Bombardier Transportation and Saxony’s Minister President, Michael Kretschmer inaugurated a new test centre at its Bautzen site. For the new test facility, Bombardier has invested more than EUR 16 million with most of the related construction work being performed by local companies.

The test facility will be used as a competence centre for regional and long-distance trains and trams and metro trains. Three different vehicle types of up to 120 metres in length can be tested simultaneously. The individual cars are being tested before the train is assembled and, finally, subjected to in-depth testing, which will enable faster testing and more flexible testing. The 6,590 square metre building can handle testing process for 600 cars per year.

“With the digital final assembly hall opened last year and the test centre presented today, our site here in Bautzen is now equipped for the future with the latest modern innovative production and testing technologies,” said Michael Fohrer, Chairman of the German Management Board of Bombardier Transportation.

With the consistent use of digital technologies, all data is digitally linked to optimize production, testing and all processes from logistics to quality management.

The high-tech centre also includes a waterproof testing system, which automatically adapts to the shape of the carbody, and a corner load measurement with a combined four-axle wheel load scale, a test track for test runs and a separate customer acceptance hall.

Around EUR 30 million was invested to upgrade the Bautzen site for digital Industry 4.0 production and manufacturing standardization. This created a central serial production site with a high production capacity. The largest investments include a new production hall and a test centre. Bombardier employs around 1100 people in Bautzen.

Around 3,500 cubic metres of concrete and 650 tons of steel were used for the building.

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