Bombardier Transportation inaugurated a new 20,000 square meter production and painting hall for high speed train car bodies today at its Wroclaw site in Poland. The new hall, equipped with unique 3D laser-welding technology, will support the production ramp-up of car bodies for Deutsche Bahn’s ICE4 train. With a capital expenditure of almost 250 million PLN ($64 million US, 58 million euro), the new setup represents a significant investment by Bombardier, which will strengthen the role of the Wroclaw site in the railway market.
At 190,300 square meters, Bombardier’s Wroclaw site specializes on the production of modern car bodies and bogie frames for many different railway vehicles. Recent projects include BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives which operate in Poland, Europe and in the North American markets, as well as car bodies for the new commuter trains for Hamburg (S-Bahn). Almost 2,400 locomotive car bodies and more than 16,000 bogie frames have been produced in Wroclaw so far.
The site is one of the oldest rolling stock factories in Europe, and the oldest continuously operating rolling stock factory in Poland. Production at the site began in the 1830’s, giving the company about 180 years of rolling stock manufacturing tradition. Bombardier took over the Panstwowa Fabryka Wagonow (PAFAWAG) site in 2001.