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Alstom presents its latest innovations to anticipate the future of mobility at Innotrans, the world’s biggest railway trade fair


Alstom presents at Innotrans - which takes place from 23-26 September in Berlin - the latest market tendencies as well as its forecasts for the years to come. According to the latest UNIFE study, the railway market is sound with an average annual growth of 2.8% between 2017 and 2019. Significant growth is expected in Latin America and in the areas of services, urban transport and railway systems. Alstom Transport’s answer to today’s industry and future market evolutions is based specifically on globalisation, integrated solutions and innovation.

During the show, Alstom highlights three axes which are key for customers and to which Alstom brings real and unique value: enhanced passenger experience, a commitment to reduce lifecycle costs and proximity to customers

To demonstrate how improving passenger experience lies at the heart of product development, Alstom unveils its Citadis X05 at the show, the latest evolution of its tramway range that already equips 45 cities around the world. Even more customisable, this new generation of tram will offer more possibilities to customers and includes new features such as double doors throughout the vehicle and an enlarged central corridor. The customers can now also configure their own tram using an application.

In a dedicated corner, Alstom presents its vision of the future train journeys and how passengers’ expectations can be met in terms of information, entertainment, comfort, lighting, atmosphere, easy boarding and transfers.

Alstom’s goal is to reduce customers’ lifecycle costs, thus optimising the cost of acquisition and operation of rolling stock, infrastructure or signalling systems. This is illustrated through two major launches at Innotrans. Alstom’s innovative predictive maintenance solution HealthHub allows the customer to control asset health using high-tech data analysis tools such as a train scanner. The latest evolutions of Alstom’s ERTMS[1] range, Atlas 400 and 500, are the first scalable ERTMS solutions that can be adapted to traffic needs and control networks that operate from 6 to 600 trains a day. 

Alstom develops its proximity to customers through local footprint and partnerships. Alstom Transport is present in more than 60 countries and increasingly favours local operations. For example, to honour the biggest contract in its history with Prasa in South Africa, the company made a commitment to produce at least 65% of the train components locally. The benefits in terms of transfer of competencies, education and industrialisation will be significant and long-lasting for South Africa’s economy and railway industry. Prasa contract will be presented on Alstom’s booth.

Innovation is part of the company’s DNA” said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom Transport President, who came back on the Group’s strategic move: “In their offer, for which the Board issued a positive recommendation, GE would acquire Alstoms’ Energy activities and sell 100% of their signaling business to Alstom. Alstom would refocus on its standalone Transport activities and would use a part of the proceeds from the transaction to strengthen its Transport business. Alstom Transport, a solid leader with a large portfolio of technologies and a worldwide presence in a dynamic market, is ideally placed to capture growth opportunities in this dynamic market”.

[1] - European rail traffic management system 

About Alstom

Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 93,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of over €20 billion and booked €21.5 billion in orders in 2013/14.

About Alstom Transport

A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and markets the most complete range of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector. Alstom Transport manages entire transport systems, including rolling stock, signalling, maintenance and modernisation and infrastructure, and offers integrated solutions. Alstom Transport recorded sales of €5.9 billion in the fiscal year 2013/14. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and employs around 28,300 people.