Alstom inaugurates new office in Rome (Italy) and confirms its leadership position in the signalling and rail infrastructure market in Italy
A 3,500-square-metre office that merges two offices in Rome following the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation in 2021
More than 350 people will work in the new office to design future rail transport solutions for Italy and abroad
The development plan in Italy continues: Alstom is seeking for more than 90 new talents in Rome
22 June 2023 – Alstom, global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, has inaugurated today a new office in Rome (Italy) that aims to expand Alstom’s leadership in the signalling and railway infrastructure business. Following the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation in 2021, the new office which is 3,500 square metres, will combine the two offices previously divided into two different locations in the city.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by Sen. Matteo Salvini, Vice President of the Cabinet and Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Sen. Alessandro Morelli, Undersecretary of State to the Presidency of the Cabinet, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, President and CEO of Alstom Group, Gian Luca Erbacci, President Alstom Europe Region, Michele Viale, General Manager of Alstom Italy and President and CEO of Alstom Ferroviaria. In addition, Adolfo Urso, Minister of Enterprise and Made in Italy sent a written greeting to the participants.
In the new office in Rome, some of the most important projects in systems & infrastructure and signalling with a major impact on rail transport worldwide and in Italy are managed.
"Today Alstom inaugurates a new headquarters, modern and functional, able to accommodate the new team that was born from the union of Alstom and Bombardier Transportation to give life to innovative railway signalling projects, both for Italy and abroad," wrote Adolfo Urso, Minister of Business and Made in Italy in his message to Alstom on the occasion of the inauguration of the new headquarters in Rome. "Our country has always been hospitable to large companies that invest by bringing research, work and added value as Alstom has been doing with trains for 160 years, with signalling systems for 90 and with traction systems for 60 years."
"The investment in research on new technologies by the private sector, particularly for Alstom on hydrogen railways, is perfectly consistent with the government's objectives," said Undersecretary of State Alessandro Morelli, speaking at the inauguration of the new Alstom headquarters in Rome, who emphasised that the executive "on the issue of banning endothermic engines, by 2035" must have "proof that technological neutrality applied to mobility and transport can be done by tracing the path of the transition.”So, private investment in the green transition "is consistent with government policies.” "In this case," Morelli continues, "the rail transport industry can be the locomotive that pulls all the other supply chains, including automotive, toward the development of more environmentally friendly fuels that will make it possible to reject the 2035 ban linked to the endothermic engine," the undersecretary concludes.
"We are really proud of this new opening on the Italian territory. In the new office, employees, engineers and highly specialised personnel will design the solutions of the future that will have an important impact on rail transport for Italy and beyond," said Gian Luca Erbacci, Europe Region President of Alstom. "Italy has always been a key country for digital and infrastructure projects also internationally. This new investment testifies even more the Group's willingness to invest in Italy to expand Alstom's leadership in this domain."
The new office is designed with shared workstations and meeting rooms, enabling agile and flexible working conditions in a structured way. This will support the significant growth in terms of resources and recruitment, which for the current year alone is set to 90 open positions, consisting of both specialised personnel and professionals in the IT field as well as mathematicians, electrical engineers, electronics, telecommunications, management, project managers, and experts in railway infrastructure installation.
“We inaugurated today in Rome a new headquarter that will have an important international relevance. For all of us, the new office represents an additional landmark for the Group as it combines two previously divided offices into a single, evolved one that will streamline activities and unify the two work teams," said Michele Viale, General Manager of Alstom Italy and President and CEO of Alstom Ferroviaria. "Over the years, technologies have been developed here in Rome that are unique not only for our country but have been exported all over the world. We are confident that this investment will further amplify our leadership in the industry."
The teams in Italy are responsible for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of signalling systems (interlocking and ERTMS L2) for RFI on 27 lines operated by RFI in the regions of Sardinia, Molise, Puglia, Umbria, Lazio and Campania. Alstom in Italy works on signalling projects also cross the borders, with major orders in Denmark, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Bulgaria and Africa (Tanzania), of which the last two are followed directly from the Rome site.
The Rome site designs and manages the electrical traction, low and medium voltage systems and subsystems of high-speed railway lines and renovates the substations and electrical traction of railway lines throughout Italy. Teams are working on urban mobility projects involving the design and construction of signalling systems, trackage, electrification and in some cases even the trains for tramways and subways. The main ongoing projects are the Bologna tramway, the Florence tramway, and the Turin Metro Line 1.
Among the projects already developed by the Rome office in the area of signalling, there are also the management and coordination projects that ensure the safety of rail traffic for Rete Ferroviaria Italiana such as the Rome node, the Florence node and the Rome Tiburtina node, the installation of SCMT systems (trackside and on-board train running control system, which automatically controls the speed of a train according to the necessary distance between trains and depending on the route) for about 4000km of the Italian railway network or the implementation of more than 100km of ERTMS L1 of the Domodossola - Novara.
Alstom in Italy has been producing trains for over 160 years along with signalling and electrification equipment for 90 years. Today, with 9 sites throughout the country and more than 3,700 employees, Alstom is recognised as one of the leading railway companies in Italy.
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