The “Industry and Innovation” train welcomed over 20,000 visitors throughout its tour of France. Departing from Paris on 19 March, the train arrived at its final destination in Valenciennes on Thursday 18 April, after 18 stops in France and one in Germany (in Düsseldorf).
Alstom was one of 19 companies participating in this initiative sponsored by the French Ministry of Productive Recovery, with the objective of promoting French industrial excellence.
During the stopover at Belfort, the French minister of productive recovery, Arnaud Montebourg, visited the Alstom world centre of excellence for Euroduplex power cars and locomotives to talk about the export of French know-how. The Minister took the opportunity to talk with the centre’s apprentices, trainees and employees.
The train drew a record crowd of nearly 2,000 visitors during its stopover at Saint-Nazaire, a city where Alstom is contributing to the emergence of a new industrial sector through the construction of two production sites dedicated to offshore wind power.
As regards innovation, the stopover at Lyon provided an opportunity to showcase the new generation of Alstom circuit breakers, introduced in February 2013 at the Villeurbanne plant in the Rhône-Alpes region, which will transform the very-high-voltage direct current grids of the future.
Video - Alstom plants in Saint-Nazaire