Pro France association awarded, for the first time in the history of the rail industry, Bombardier Transportation the official ‘Origin France Guaranteed’ certification for its Francilien, Omeo and /Regio 2N trains. Both trains are designed and produced at Bombardier’s Crespin site in Hauts-de-France.
The ‘Guaranteed French Origin’ certification is the only certification which vouches for the French origin of a product based on an independent audit that ensures adherence to stringent standards.
“This is the first time a ‘Guaranteed French Origin’ label has been granted to the rail industry. This is a recognition of the know-how of our Crespin site employees and our commitment towards our clients, passengers, and the French rail industry sector,” said Laurent Bouyer, President of Bombardier Transportation France.
An audit conducted by certifying body Bureau Veritas confirmed that the production of the Francilien and the Omneo/Regio 2N trains complied with the required criteria to carry the ‘Guaranteed French Origin’ label. Both series of trains take their essential characteristics from France and more than 50% of their unit cost price comes from France.
Both train series have been designed and are produced at Bombardier’s site in Crespin, which employs around 2,000 people, including around 500 engineers and managers. The Crespin team collaborates closely with local suppliers, 75% of which are France-based, many having established themselves in the dedicated industrial activity area situated next to the site.
Since Ile-de-France Mobilités ordered 360 Francilien trains through SNCF.
The Omneo double deck platform comes in an intercity version, called the Omneo Premium, which can run at 200 km/h as well as the Regio 2N version, designed for regional and greater metropolitan services. Since 2010, through SNCF, the Regions have ordered 401 trainsets of which 91 Omneo Premium and 310 Regio 2N.