Bombardier Transportation presented a new test centre at its Bautzen site, in the presence of Saxony’s Minister President, Michael Kretschmer. Among the numerous guests were Stéphane Dion, the Canadian ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Michael Güntner, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Alexander Ahrens, the mayor of Bautzen and Marko Schiemann, Saxony State Parliament Representative. Bombardier has invested more than 16 million euros in the new test centre with most of the related construction work being performed by local companies - from Saxony for Saxony.
At the highly modern test centre, approximately 50 employees can work in three shifts. Three different vehicle types of up to 120 metres in length can be tested simultaneously. What’s new is that the individual cars are being tested before the train is assembled and, finally, subjected to in-depth testing. This not only enables faster testing, but also more flexible testing which increases capacity to 600 cars per year. With the consistent use of digital technologies, all data is digitally linked to optimize production, testing and all processes from logistics to quality management.