Bombardier Transportation Poland has announced that it plans to invest EUR 50 million in a new manufacturing facility for ICx high speed train body shells and trailer bogies in Wroclaw, Poland.
The new plant will be build on 13.7 hectares to be included in the Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone, in direct proximity of Czech Republic and Germany. The existing plant, the former Państwowa Fabryka Wagonów „Pafawag”, one of the oldest rolling stock manufacturing plants in Europe and at the same time the oldest operating rolling stock factory in Poland, will also be renovated. Production is expected to start next year.
For the production of the 28 meter long individual steel-bodied cars the company will introduce 3D laser welding technology already used at the Görlitz plant in Germany, where the production of ICx car bodies will also continue.
In 2013, Bombardier, under a framework agreement with Siemens AG, was awarded a EUR 336 million contract to design and supply major components for the next generation ICx high-speed trains for Deutsche Bahn.