Alstom in Brazil


About us

Present in Brazil for more than 60 years, Alstom has reached a moment of transformation in its business strategy. From now on, Alstom is focused exclusively on transport.

Alstom has built a history based on effective participation in the development of the country’s infrastructure, contributing to social progress and respecting the environment. In Brazil, Alstom has contributed its products and services to most passenger operators, including São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Brasília Metro.

The company had worked with power generation and transmission, participating in large projects.

Now focusing exclusively on the transport market – an area in which the company has been working for 20 years in Brazil – Alstom relies on around 1,500 employees and 4 units throughout the country, and works towards ethical job creation and the realization of the changes that intelligent urban mobility needs.

In Brazil, Alstom manages complete rail transport projects, including rolling stock, signalling, infrastructure and maintenance services. It is a world reference in tramways, metros, suburban trains, and very high speed trains.

Message from the President

“We are recognized as a company that develops cutting-edge technologies, that cares for the satisfaction of its customers, and we want to reinforce this position day after day.”

Alstom built a story of 60 years in Brazil, and now we come to a moment of transformation, focusing on the rail segment. One of our main goals is to show that we will maintain the commitment with the technological development that marked our story, but with a new vision of the future, putting all our efforts into a single segment of operation. This will allow us to be even closer to our customers, detecting their needs for the better mobility of the passengers they serve.

Alstom is the only company in the segment which has 4 units installed in Brazil, generating employment to around 1,500 people who are committed to the execution of an ethical, serious and pioneer work. It is not by chance that we were chosen the best manufacturer for passengers by Ferroviária magazine and that 1 out of 5 metro cars in operation was made by Alstom Brazil, which makes us very proud.

Today, focused on rail transport, Alstom will continue its operations with high quality. More than ever, the company wants to support the country, which is in great need of investments in infrastructure to smart transport systems. Especially because in Alstom there is the will, knowledge and opportunities to develop and deliver sustainable solutions for urban mobility.

After 30 years of work at Alstom, I can say I have the honour of leading this moment of transformation along with our employees and partners, and present you the new Alstom.

Here, you can learn more about our products, solutions and projects executed by a team that works every day focused on contributing for the construction of the future of our country.

Michel Boccaccio, President of Alstom Brazil

Our references

Present in Brazil for more than 60 years, Alstom has been participating in the development of the country’s infrastructure, contributing to the social progress and respecting the environment.

Dedicated to the rail transport sector, our contribution is attested with products and services in the mainly passenger operators, such as São Paulo Metro, Rio de Janeiro Metro and Tramway, Brasília Metro and it has been implementing technological solutions for freight transport operators such as Vale.

As a highlight, in 2013 we delivered cars for CPTM (Line 11, Expresso Leste - São Paulo), Chennai (India), and for SuperVia (Rio de Janeiro). For Chennai, we did technology transfer from our Brazilian unit to the new Indian unit, exporting knowledge. For SuperVia, we delivered the first train in record time: only 13 months.

In 2014, we started the supply of the first 20 trains for the largest project in Alstom’s history, suburban trains in South Africa (the Prasa project), which is another example of technology and knowledge transfer. We also started to manufacture the first trains for Line H of the Buenos Aires Metro and delivered the last train to Trensurb in Porto Alegre.

In 2015, we inaugurated our first manufacturing line in Latin America dedicated to tramways, in Taubaté. This unit is in charge of producing most of the trams that circulates actually in Rio de Janeiro, the first city in the country to have a modern and totally catenary-less system. In addition, this new unit is able to support projects in other Latin American countries, taking experience and Brazilian expertise beyond its borders.

In 2016, we actively participated in the tramway project of Rio de Janeiro, a new transportation network that entered into service for the 2016 Olympic Games. When completed, this system will provide the population with a smooth, efficient and economical transport, opening the port area to the rest of the city, and will be able to carry up to 300,000 passengers per day in 2017.

We provided an integrated tramway system solution including rolling stock, electrification, signalling and telecommunications systems and depot equipment. It is the first 100% catenary-free solution in South America.

For more than 10 times Alstom Brazil has been awarded by Railway Magazine including as Best Manufacturer of passenger cars and Best Technology Creator.

Social Responsibility

Harnessing strength in diversity

Alstom is committed to discovering and advancing the full potential of the Brazilian people.

For Alstom, achieving economic equality is vital for the business, and the company contributes through the creation of jobs and development of skilled labour.

The future starts now

People, sustainability and the environment are at the heart of Alstom's business. We have pledged our commitment to limiting the impact our activities have on resources, to promoting sustainable development and to improving the lives of those who come into direct contact with our business.

Everywhere Alstom is located, we work with local communities and collaborate with partners on sustainable development projects focused on tomorrow's technologies, training, job creation and environmental preservation.

Our corporate and social responsibilities are guided by an understanding that the decisions we make today will define our future.

In Brazil, the Alstom Foundation is supporting two projects this year:

  • Pedala Zezinho: the project encourages children and young people in the outskirts of São Paulo to use bicycle as transportation. The healthy practice of pedalling does not generate environmentally harmful emissions and can be a source of income for young people beginning their careers, through the maintenance and repair of bicycles. The Aromeiazero Institute, responsible for the project, is a non-profit organization that develops socio-educational and cultural projects that promote more quality of life for people.
  • Construindo sonhos: the project of Odebrecht Foundation aims to train teenagers to be multipliers of the best practices compatible with sustainable demands; planning local growth in a sustainable manner, and identifying new techniques to optimize existing natural resources and to improve the living conditions of the population.

       For more information send an e-mail to: responsabilidade.social@alstom.com

Health & Safety

The basis of our EHS Policy in Brazil is to strive towards full engagement of all employees, partners, contractors, suppliers & clients in our aim to achieve zero severe accidents and incidents, while taking care of the environment in which we operate.

Alstom also counts on a Target Zero campaign (Severe Accident Prevention Initiative) for working at heights and lifting operations. This campaign is of paramount importance for the company.

Our commitment to the health and safety of our employees and people working on our sites or under our management is a keystone of our sustainability goals. In addition, achieving high levels of pro-active health and safety standards contributes to customer satisfaction, business results and employee motivation.

Regarding the environment, Alstom counts on several internal campaigns which aim to raise awareness about reduction and rational use of energy, water and other sources.

More than 60 years of industrial presence in Brazil

Alstom was the first railway manufacturer in Brazil.

Check out the main events of our history. 

2000: Acquisition of Ansaldo Coemsa S.A in Canoas (RS) to expand the sectors of Power Transmission & Distribution.

2004: Alstom sells its Transmission and Distribution activities to Areva. TIS (Transport Information Solution) division wins the award of Revista Ferroviária magazine as the best creator of technology.

2005: In July, Alstom celebrates 50 years of operations in Brazil.

2006: Acquisition of de Ritz High Voltage, VEI, Nokian Capacitors, Nxtphase, RB Watkins, and Powermann.

2007: To integrate the Energy and Transport sectors, Alstom opens a new commercial complex, the Bandeirantes unit, in São Paulo.

2008: Alstom wins the contract to supply equipment to the hydro plants of Madeira River. Bulb turbines of the type supplied to Santo Antonio and Jirau projects are the most powerful ever produced by the group in Brazil.

2009: Alstom and Schneider Electric propose the acquisition of Areva T&D. Alstom wins the contract for the world’s largest transmission line, with a total length of 2,386 kilometres, connecting Madeira River to the Southeast.

2010: Alstom and Bardella inaugurate a manufactory in Porto Velho, IMMA. Alstom wins the first contract in the Brazilian wind market. Alstom acquires the transmission activity of Areva T&D, creating the Grid sector.

2011: Alstom signs the contract for the supply of equipment to Belo Monte plant, the third largest hydro plant in the world. Alstom inaugurates its first wind turbine factory in Brazil and Latin America (totalling 9 units in Brazil)

2012: Alstom launches the cornerstone of its first Global Technology Centre in Latin America. The company announces the second unit of the wind industry in Brazil.

  • The consortium composed by Alstom is selected by the São Paulo Metro to provide the infrastructure of the second phase of Line 4-Yellow
  • Alstom, in consortium with CAF Brazil, is selected to supply 15 metro trains to the Empresa de Trens Urbanos de Porto Alegre (Trensurb) and 10 TUEs, with four cars to Companhia Brasileira de Urban Train (CBTU) of Belo Horizonte.
  • Alstom integrates the consortium that won the bidding process to supply auxiliary systems for extension of Line 5-Lilac of São Paulo metro.
  • Signature of a contract with SuperVia (Rio de Janeiro) to supply 10 new trains.

2013: Alstom is chosen by VLT Carioca consortium to provide the city of Rio de Janeiro a tramway catenary-free system composed by 32 Citadis compositions, as well as power supply systems, signalling, telecommunications and depot equipment.

  • Lapa unit in São Paulo completes the manufacturing of the first composition for Chennai metro (India).
  • Signature of the contract with PRASA (Passenger rail Agency of South Africa) and Gibela to supply 600 Mega X'Ttrapolis trains (3,600 cars) over a period of 10 years. The project is one of the largest railway in the world, and is the largest contract ever signed in Alstom history. The first 20 trains are being produced by Brazil, at Lapa unit.

2014: Alstom's Board unanimously decides to issue a positive recommendation for the sale of the Alstom Energy businesses to General Electric.

  • Announcement of the inauguration of a new production line dedicated to tramway in Taubaté, São Paulo, in order to attend the Brazilian and Latin American market needs.
  • Delivery of the first of 15 metro trains commissioned by the Urban Train Company of Porto Alegre (Trensurb).
  • Delivery of the last trains to SuperVia for the modernization project of the railway system of the Rio de Janeiro state.

2015: Inauguration of the first tramway manufacturing line in Latin America, in Taubaté, São Paulo.

  • Delivery of the last 15 trains to Empresa de Trens Urbanos de Porto Alegre (Trensurb).
  • Alstom finalizes the sales of its energy activities and is entirely focused on railway market.