Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation signed co-operation agreements with Russian rail manufacturer UVZ to jointly develop and sell state-of-the-art metros and trams. Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took part in the signing ceremony in Yekaterinburg. Oleg Sienko, Chief Executive Officer of UVZ and André Navarri, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation, signed the agreement on behalf of the two companies.
Bombardier and UVZ will jointly develop and market metro trains specifically designed for the challenging requirements of Moscow Metro and other cities in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Worldwide, Bombardier metro cars transport passengers on more than seven billion trips every year in over 40 cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, Helsinki, Shanghai and New Delhi. The company has delivered more than 12,100 metro cars in the past 20 years.
Bombardier also provides UVZ with a licence to manufacture and sell low-floor trams with Bombardier technology in Russia. The licensed product is a variant of the BOMBARDIER FLEXITY platform of vehicles operating worldwide, designed for operation mainly on existing networks. As the market leader for trams and light rail vehicles (LRVs), Bombardier offers the most comprehensive portfolio in the industry. A total of 3,500 trams and light rail vehicles from Bombardier are on order or operating in nearly 100 cities in more than 20 countries around the globe. These range from 100 per cent low-floor trams and 70 per cent low-floor trams and LRVs to proven dual system solutions.
Both products feature the world’s most advanced technologies in vehicle manufacturing, including the reliable BOMBARDIER FLEXX bogies and BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion and control system.
“Our agreement to introduce these modern metros and trams to Russia will significantly push the development of this mass transit sector and enhance the image of major Russian cities in the run-up to the 2018 world football championship,” said Oleg Sienko. “Our joint engineering and production will ensure that the world’s leading urban transport is available to Russians and built in Russia.”
“The demand for mass transit in Moscow and other cities in Russia is growing steadily,” André Navarri added. “Our smart transport solutions set new standards in mobility and passenger comfort. By teaming up with a strong local partner, we can offer passengers a new standard of public transport as the sustainable way to travel in the 21st century and help their country prepare to host a global championship.”