Foundation stone laid for new final assembly hall in Germany
Posted: 16 June 2017 | Global Railway Review | No comments yet
Bombardier laid the foundation stone for a new final assembly hall in Germany that will set standards for Industry 4.0 production.
In the presence of Minister of Economics, Brigitte Zypries, Saxonian Minister of Economics, Martin Dulig and the mayor of Bautzen, Alexander Ahrens, Bombardier Transportation laid the foundation stone for a new final assembly hall in Bautzen, Germany.
With this production hall, Bautzen will set the pace for digital production at Bombardier Transportation and set standards for Industry 4.0 production in the railway industry and from the middle of next year, it will employ around 500 employees.
€8 million is being invested in the production hall and, in total, €20 million will be invested in the eastern Saxonian city by Bombardier, with the plan also being to primarily commission companies from the area to plan and construct the new hall.
“We are reorganising Bombardier Transportation in Germany,” said Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Transportation in Germany. “We will secure our ability to compete in the long-term and continue to manufacture the most modern railway vehicles in Saxony and beyond in the future. By investing in the Bautzen plant, we will become global pioneers in Industry 4.0.”
Production processes, meaning, logistics, production, quality management and test operation will be digitally networked in the final assembly hall, and the production will also be more efficient and flexible as three vehicle types can be manufactured simultaneously.
Furthermore, compared to the previous hall, the new building will save almost €1 million per year in energy, maintenance and logistics cost.