Alstom has celebrated its 1,000th tram manufactured in Vienna. Since 1990, Alstom Austria, which acquired Bombardier Transport in 2021, has manufactured 1,000 modern trams in Vienna for global customers from Austria to Australia.
“We are proud that today we are celebrating the 1000th tram from our Vienna production site. Our trams shape cityscapes all over the world and are truly Viennese,” said Jörg Nikutta, Managing Director of Alstom Austria.
“As city councillor for economic affairs, I am particularly pleased that the trams for our environmentally friendly public transport are ‘Made in Vienna’ here at Alstom. Vienna’s passengers can look forward to more modern vehicles with which they can safely and cleanly complete all their journeys in the city. With production here in the Donaustadt, these orders naturally also secure jobs in Vienna as a business location and create added value here,” says Peter Hanke, City Councillor for Finance and Economic Affairs.
The 1000th tram is a Flexity Vienna for Wiener Linien and will soon be in daily service for the Viennese with unmistakable signage. “Wiener Linien is constantly renewing its vehicle fleet with a special focus on energy efficiency and accessibility. The Flexity Vienna will replace the last high-floor tram models in the coming years and thus make the public transport system barrier-free. It is already in use on five lines, and two more will be added in the course of the year with lines 46 and 49,” reports Gudrun Senk, Managing Director of Wiener Linien for the Technical Division, Construction and Facilities Management (CTO).
“Alstom is an important company for the business location Donaustadt with the potential to continue to be one of the most successful companies in the district in the future,” emphasises Ernst Nevrivy, district leader of Vienna’s 22nd district. The site in Vienna is Alstom’s global competence centre for trams and light rail vehicles and employs around 800 people who cover the entire value chain – from initial customer contact to development, assembly, component production and post-commissioning support. Worldwide, there are only ten of 140 Alstom locations that play such a role.
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