6 December 2018 – Alstom today achieved a significant milestone by completing the last of the 22 Metropolis trains for Sydney Metro, currently being delivered on schedule from its Alstom’s Sricity facility in Andhra Pradesh. The flag-off ceremony at Sricity took place in the presence of Ling Fang, Alstom Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Alain Spohr, Managing Director India and South Asia, and Mark Coxon, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand.
In 2014, Alstom won a contract to deliver 22 six-car trainsets, as well as the CBTC signalling system, for North West Rail Link, Australia’s biggest public transport project and first fully-automated metro network. Alstom’s engineering hub in Bengaluru adapted the Metropolis and Urbalis solutions to the specific needs of Sydney Metro to ensure fast, safe and reliable services to the residents of Sydney.
“We are immensely proud to have completed the last train for Sydney Metro in this landmark project for the Asia Pacific region. We are also proud to see Sricity concluding its first export order on time, delivering on expectations and winning our customer’s trust. We firmly believe in India’s role as a manufacturing and engineering hub for international markets, and this milestone bear witness to that,” said Ling Fang.
Alain Spohr, Managing Director for India and South Asia at Alstom said, “Today’s milestone is another significant testimony of Alstom’s robust endorsement to ‘Make in India.’ We always believed that India’s role as a manufacturing and engineering hub for international markets is critical in achieving the growth vision. With ‘Make in India’ philosophy pulsating at the heart of our operations, Alstom is leveraging its high caliber Indian talent pool to engage with new customers and explore high-potential markets. All these factors establish our solutions as a benchmark technically, economically and environmentally for mobility in India and Asia Pacific.”
Having begun production in 2014, Sricity has already set high standards for quality and operational safety through excellence in innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. With an annual production capacity of 240 cars, the site has delivered metros for the cities of Chennai, Kochi and Lucknow. It will begin work on its second export order for the light metro project in Montreal from early 2019 while production for Mumbai Metro Line 3 will also begin next year. The on-time delivery of the trainsets for Sydney establishes Alstom’s Sricity site as the one of the group’s global manufacturing centres of excellence for rolling stock.
The Metropolis train for Sydney offers maximum comfort and safety to passengers. A fully-automated train, it features the latest in passenger information systems, as well as areas for prams, luggage, bicycles, wheelchair spaces and separate priority seating for those with reduced mobility. One inside, passengers can circulate freely throughout the train. The Metropolis destined for Sydney is based on the internationally proven Metropolis train platform. Metropolis trains currently operate in more than 25 cities around the world, including Singapore, Barcelona and Amsterdam.
As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the transport sector. Alstom offers a complete range of solutions (from high-speed trains to metros, tramways and e-buses), passenger solutions, customised services (maintenance, modernisation), infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated transport systems. The company recorded sales of €7.3 billion and booked €7.2 billion of orders in the 2017/18 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 34,500 people.
About Alstom in India
Alstom has established a strong presence in India. Currently, the company is executing metro projects in several Indian cities including Chennai, Kochi and Lucknow where it is supplying Rolling Stock manufactured out its state-of-the-art facility at SriCity in Andhra Pradesh. In the Mainline space, Alstom is executing Signaling & Power Supply Systems for the 343 Km. section on World Bank funded Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor. Phase 1 in the construction of the new electric locomotive factory for manufacturing and supply of 800 units of high horse power locomotives is also complete at Madhepura in Bihar while the depot at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh is ready to commence operation. Alstom has set up an Engineering Centre of Excellence in Bangalore, and this coupled with a strong manufacturing base as well as localized supply chains, is uniquely positioned to serve customers across the globe.
Today, Alstom in India employs close to 4000 people and in line with Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ policy initiative, Alstom has been investing heavily in the country in producing world class rolling stock, components, design, research and development to not only serve the domestic market, but also rest of the world.