Bombardier opens train technology testing hub in Germany

Photo: Bombardier Transportation.
Photo: Bombardier Transportation.

Bombardier Transportation has opened a new laboratory for developing and testing electronics systems for train control and signalling and control systems in Mannheim, Germany.

Around 40 employees will work at the €1 million site, which was opened on August 23 with Mannheim mayor Lothar Quast, Baden-Württemberg transport minister Winfried Hermann and Thuringian environment minister Anja Siegesmund in attendance.

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“Mannheim is a site with a long tradition that has for over 100 years been set apart by its pioneering spirit,” said Bombardier Transportation Germany managing director Michael Fohrer. “With the high-tech laboratory we are vigorously driving digitalisation forward.”

Hermann added: “The laboratory for vehicle control and signalling technology that we are officially inaugurating here today in Mannheim offers all possibilities to make the rail transport of the future safer and more efficient.

“In Germany we are at the precipice of a dramatic technological revolution – including in railways. Digitisation of railways will allow us to respond adequately to the automation of road transport and to secure competitiveness within Europe.”

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