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Bombardier opens new Brazil plant

Published by Steve Coleman on April 13, 2012

Bombardier has officially opened the doors on a new Brazilian manufacturing centre to build monorail cars for the Latin American market.

The Quebec-based company officially opened a new $15 million plan in Hortolandia in Sao Paolo that will create 750 new jobs in the city. Of those, 250 will be at the factory with car body, bogie and final assembly work. The other 500 will be through plant suppliers.

Bombardier completed the plant in 18 months and was already assembling car bodies and bogies when the doors officially opened. The company expects to ship the first vehicles later this year.

"This new monorail manufacturing site represents the second phase of Bombardier's industrial expansion initiated in 2009 that aims to triple our number of employees in Brazil to 600 people and to quadruple the industrial area in Hortolandia," said Andre Navarri, President and COO of Bombardier Transportation, in a news release. "Even more important than the new industrial facility is the advanced monorail vehicle we are going to manufacture here - a fine example of our continuous focus on technology development in order to offer interconnected modality of public transport across the globe. One of Bombardier's key strengths is combining this worldwide experience with the local knowledge to deliver the best-fit mobility solution for each city individually."

Bombardier's new manufacturing site will fill orders in Brazil and other parts of Latin America. Its first order is 54 seven-car INNOVIA Monorail 300 trains (378 cars) for Metro Sao Paulo. To ensure a successful and faster project ramp-up, one seven-car train will be produced and tested by Bombardier at its Kingston, Ont. testing facility. The remaining monorail cars will be produced at the new site in Brazil.

At Bombardier's request, more than 15 suppliers have also established production plants in the Sao Paulo area to keep the wheels rolling at Hortolandia.

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