Alongside efforts to restart Bombardier Transportation’s former La Pocatière plant, Alstom is making good on a commitment announced more than two years ago by establishing an “innovation hub” in Montreal’s southern suburbs, where the French giant hopes to hire around 80 engineers by the end of the year.
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Hybrid, battery and hydrogen… the multinational’s team is tasked with developing platforms aimed at decarbonizing the rail sector in North America. The activities are integrated into the prototyping center located in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville near the company’s Americas headquarters.
“We have a goal of reaching 2030 with production capacity for zero-emission trains and locomotives,” said Alstom Americas President Michael Keroullé, President of Alstom Americas. In 2030 we must have built platforms and developed the industrial side to build these new units. »
The start of the activities was highlighted on Monday at an event attended notably by representatives of the rolling stock manufacturer and the Caisse de depot et Placement du Québec (CDPQ), its largest shareholder.
Alstom, which has officially owned Bombardier Transportation since January 2021, offered a number of promises when the deal was announced about a year earlier. The American headquarters has been moved from New York to the Montreal area, the La Pocatière plant in Bas-Saint-Laurent begins recalling employees and the innovation center has been confirmed.
“Of the 15 people on the management team, 12 have to be here and three in New York,” explained Mr. Keroullé, who has been in office for a year and is a metro-area resident. We have consolidated engineering and more than 250 job openings across Montreal. »
Alstom is thinking big in the decarbonization niche. According to the company, just under 1% of the North American rail network is electrified. More than 27,000 diesel locomotives operate on a network of 270,000 kilometers.
- This is Alstom’s workforce across all Quebec sites.