Alstom in Switzerland

About us

Alstom is a leading international technology group in the field of transport. The company is listed on the Paris stock exchange. Its headquarters are in Paris. During the 2014/2015 business year, the company had sales of €6.2 billion and booked €10 billion in orders.

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Regional roots with an international flair

The benefits of Switzerland as a business location include excellent employee training and a marked understanding of quality. These two factors are prerequisites for success in the precise production of high-quality products and the provision of efficient services.

Alstom benefits from the favourable entrepreneurial framework and high quality of life provided by Switzerland as an industrial base. Thanks to its long-standing presence and historical roots in Switzerland, Alstom plays an important role in the economy of the Canton of Schaffhausen.

Alstom – solutions for sustainable mobility

The increasing mobility of broad sections of the population is one of the central questions facing both society and future generations around the world. On a daily basis, Alstom deals with the challenge of developing sustainable technologies to ensure safe and efficient mobility on the railways.

Long industrial heritage

The company can look back on a long industrial heritage in Switzerland, where it employs around 70 staff. Alstom has been making history in the field of rail transport for many years. Famous trains such as the Pendolino (ETR610), the TGV and the AGV ensure that Alstom is synonymous with continuous innovation on the railways. In Switzerland, Alstom supplied the steepest metro in the world in the city of Lausanne (Transport Lausanne) and is a long-standing partner of several rail operators and urban transport authorities.

Local organisation

Herman Van-der-Linden – Managing Director of Alstom Schweiz

Our References

Alstom’s rail transport technology has been firmly anchored in Switzerland for decades, and is used by a variety of rail operators. The company is also a supply and maintenance partner for several urban transport authorities. Our Swiss branch in Neuhausen am Rheinfall has in-depth knowledge of the domestic market and ensures client proximity when working on projects.

Rail traffic

  • Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) ordered 8 more latest-generation Pendolino ETR610 trains. The existing fleet is well established on the north-south routes (2012). In 2015, SBB ordered an additional 4 ETR610 trains for delivery by 2017.
  • SBB ordered 14 new first-generation Pendolino trains in a joint venture with the Italian railway company Trenitalia (Cisalpino). They are equipped with the latest high-speed tilting train technology (2004). The trains went into service from 2009 onwards.
  • Alstom is supplying Switzerland’s first ERTMS railway line (high-speed, high-frequency line from Mattstetten-Rothrist), which is 45 km in length. At the same time, over 500 trains will be upgraded to ensure compatibility with this new signalling standard (2006).
  • The Alstom/Bombardier consortium produced 13 low-floor EMUs (regional trains), followed by an additional 12 trains, for the Bern–Lötschberg–Simplon railway (BLS) (2006).

Urban transport authorities

  • Lausanne TL, the urban transport authority for Lausanne, contracted Alstom to supply 15 fully automated Metropolis double-carriage trains on rubber tyres for the new M2 metro line. Alstom supplies rolling stock, rails, power supply and signalling systems with communications-based train control for fully automatic operation. The line has a world record gradient of 12% (2004). It went into service in 2008. In summer 2012, the line carried its 100 millionth passenger. The metro currently has an annual capacity of 26 million passengers.
  • The Alstom/Bombardier consortium produced 82 low-floor Cobra trams for Zurich Public Transport (VBZ) (2006). These trams are still a symbol of the city.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Sustained population growth on the earth promotes urbanisation, which in turn leads to growing demands for public rail transport. Alstom is capable of taking on this challenge and is convinced that we can shape our future together by providing transport solutions that combine economic and social progress with respect for the environment. Our business activities and ongoing pursuit of technological innovation generates growth driven by basic principles such as integrity and transparency. These principles are applied conscientiously across the board to our dealings with employees, shareholders, customers including private and public companies, suppliers, competitors and partners.

History of Alstom in Switzerland:

Alstom in Switzerland dates back to the Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (Swiss Industry Company – SIG), which was founded in 1853 to manufacture rail wagons. The company benefited significantly from its proximity to Europe’s largest waterfalls, which were used as an energy supply, and the ironworks in Laufen. The company’s acquired expertise was transferred to other activities, enabling it to expand and evolve.

  • 1853: The Schweizerische Waggonfabrik (Swiss Wagonworks) is founded in Neuhausen am Rheinfall with a workforce of 150 employees
  • 1863: The company is renamed Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG) and manufactures a variety of industrial goods
  • 1961: The first electric Trans-European Express Train goes into service
  • 1986: The company decides to specialise in the design, engineering and manufacture of bogies for track vehicles
  • 1995: SIG’s rolling stock business is sold to Fiat Ferroviaria
  • 2001: Alstom acquires Fiat’s railway business
  • 2008: The steepest metro in the world goes into service in Lausanne
  • 2012: SBB orders 8 ETR610 tilting trains
  • 2015: SBB orders another 4 ETR610 tilting trains
  • 2015: TL orders 3 more fully automated Metropolis double-carriage trains on rubber tyres