Alstom's acquisition to Bombardier Transportation

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Today is the first day of Bombardier Transportation becoming a part of Alstom, however i wondered what will happen to products by Bombardier previously like the legendary TRAXX and TWINDEXX as well as Aventra......
And also hoping the technical problems will be fixed making TOCs across the world trust Alstom/Bombardier again......
 
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Here's the launch announcement for the new Alstom.
Nothing about any product rationalisation, but I'm sure that will come in due course.
The UK gets a mention for "regional trains".
A new global leader in smart and sustainable mobility | Alstom
The Group will have an unparalleled commercial reach in all geographies thanks to the complementarities of the two companies. While the Alstom Group already had a well-established customer base in France, Italy, Spain, India, South East Asia, Northern Africa and Brazil, Bombardier Transportation will bring strong customer proximity in strategic markets such as the United-Kingdom, Germany, the Nordics, China, and North America. The Group will have now in particular very strong capabilities in Europe and North America, which represent approximately 75% of the OEM accessible market.
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The Group will have access to further strategic industrial capacities with competitive industrial footprint across both mature markets, such as Western Europe, North America, Australia, and growing markets, including Eastern Europe, Mexico and India. Bombardier Transportation brings hubs of expertise for locomotives and bogies in Germany, monorail and people movers in Canada, suburban and regional trains in France and the United-Kingdom, traction in Sweden, along with engineering centres in best cost countries in Thailand. It brings also seven well-established joint-ventures in China. With those immediate strategic additions to Alstom’s already diversified footprint, the enlarged Group has access to deeper industrial expertise and is closer to its customers.
 

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There is already a thread, including discussion of rationalisation and divestment.

 

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Here's the launch announcement for the new Alstom.
Nothing about any product rationalisation, but I'm sure that will come in due course.
The UK gets a mention for "regional trains".
A new global leader in smart and sustainable mobility | Alstom
what about TRAXX/TWINDEXX?
However, a quote from Railcolor:
Back to the here and now. The integration of Bombardier into Alstom will have various consequences for the products here in Europe. There are products such as Bombardier’s TRAXX locomotives and Alstom’s high speed trains that have no serious counterpart within the new company. But other types of trains will be discontinued – also because Poupart-Lafarge offered them as change to the EC to get green light for the main deal. It is the end of the Bombardier Talent range, no more Alstom Coradia Polyvalents and also the Zefiro V300 product line will be discontinued.

These changes offer great opportunities for other manufacturers to step into new markets and according to the latest rumours, Škoda Transportation is going to be the company that will bring new competition to the French and German markets. The Czech company is the preferred bidder for both the (problematic) Talent and the (local) Polyvalent product ranges – which both come including their building locations, Bombardier’s Hennigsdorf site and Alstom’s Reichshoffen factory respectively. For Škoda, the market entrance, and access to new customers, will be more important than the actual trains.

For us, a time has come to get used to Alstom names in combination with Bombardier products. Especially Alstom + TRAXX just feels weird, after twenty years of reporting. But, the world moves on and so will we.

We just hope that the Alstom take-over will bring new energy, more innovation, and fresh money, to various Bombardier projects. The rail market needs healthy and ambitious manufacturers, there is no time waste. We need ‘the modal shift’ – and rail travel should become ‘mobility by nature’ – but so far, it has not happened.
 

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There is already a thread, including discussion of rationalisation and divestment.

Indeed.
 
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