BOMBARDIER: A ceremony on March 26 marked the formal opening of Bombardier's new tram and light vehicle assembly plant in the Donaustadt area of Wien. It replaces the company's Floridsdorf factory, which the company described as aging and lacking in scope for expansion.

Built in 14 months with the support of Wien business agency WWFF, the Donaustadt plant offers 20 000 m² of production, office and storage space and a 160 m test track. It has allowed Bombardier's entire Austrian division to be brought together on a single site, including 500 staff and production equipment relocated from Floridsdorf.

'This will ensure that Wien, as a centre of expertise for the tram and light railway vehicle business sectors, will continue to play a key role in Bombardier's strong plant structure', said Grego Peters, Acting President of the Light Rail Vehicles Division.

Annual production will be up to 70 trams and light rail vehicles.