CANADA: A ceremony on May 18 launched construction of a new Alstom plant at the Ludger-Simard industrial estate in Sorel-Tracy, Québec.
Alstom will use the site to assemble bogies for 468 rubber-tyred metro cars which Société de Transport de Montréal ordered from a Bombardier/Alstom consortium in October 2010. The C$1·2bn contract requires 60% Canadian content.
The facility is being built by Construction Sorel with local government support, and according to Alstom will create around 60 direct jobs. 'With this new modern industrial building, Alstom finds itself in an excellent position to meet the operational and technical requirements of its North American customers', said Claude Lambert, Vice-President & General Manager of Alstom Énergie & Transport Canada.
Alstom's Montréal facility will supply traction, train monitoring, communication, passenger information and CCTV systems for the metro trains, with the first scheduled for completion in 2014.