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Bombardier wins $1.2bn South African order

Firm to work with local subcontractors on delivery of 240 locomotives

A TRAXX locomotive
A TRAXX locomotive


Engineering giant Bombardier has announced that its Transportation arm has won a $1.2bn contract to for new locomotives for South Africa.

The company said that the order, for 240 electric TRAXX Africa engines, is part of the biggest ever order for locomotives in South Africa, with four companies deliver 599 electric and 465 diesel engines.

The Canadian firm, which is delivering trains to line 3 of the Riyadh Metro project led by the Ansaldo/Salini Imregilo consortium, said that it is in the proecess of identifying local subcontractors who can help to deliver its order. It said that more than 60% of the project scope will be localised.

The first trains will begin ot arrive in April 2016, with the overall order completing by the end of 2017.

Lutz Bertling, president of Bombardier Transportation, said: "This landmark order demonstrates how Bombardier Transportation continues to grow local roots in key emerging markets such as South Africa."

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