Bombardier Transportation’s response to the global COVID-19 crisis

At Bombardier Transportation, nothing is more important than safety. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this global crisis. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and have taken decisive action to protect our employees, customers, partners and their families against the global coronavirus pandemic. In parallel, we remained focused on supporting the worldwide full resumption of safe and reliable rail service as soon as the situation allows.

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Actions

Here is what we have done so far to mitigate the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on our business and our employees:

 

Implemented strict global travel restrictions to limit the virus’ spread

Instituted a company-wide mobile working concept for office staff – in alignment with all local regulations

Optimized driving

Created local Emergency Committees with a direct line of communications to a single global COVID-19 Corporate Task Force

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Significantly increased the frequency and scope of our cleaning and disinfecting measures across all our sites

Followed local governmental guidelines or directives and temporarily suspended production at relevant sites in addition to adjusting shift distribution on shop floors to enforce social distancing policies

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Éric Martel, President Bombardier assembling a visor at St-Bruno.

We're proud to have our new President Éric Martel visit our Prototype Centre in St-Bruno, where our team is busy assembling 40,000 medical visors to be distributed to healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis in Quebec. This is the kind of action and innovation that is at the heart of the Bombardier DNA, and is very inspiring to see in these challenging times.

Services in the Americas

We have a total of 40 sites in North America and 3300 people providing essential services to the toughest hit neighbourhoods. Our main goal is to continue providing reliable train service during this difficult time, to ensure the public can get to their jobs and home again. For example, Metrolinx is serving the Greater Toronto Area and JFK Airtrain and PI is serving JFK, Queens NY and NYCT. With 740 train starts per day, 11 commuter/light rail O&M sites and 2000 assets, we’re well prepared to keep these North American cities moving. 

Services in the Americas in action.

 

 

Our Gorlitz site in Germany.

Sites in Germany

We have introduced numerous COVID-19 measures to keep our German sites open with the objective of maintaining employee health and ensuring them with the ability to work. New measures added include early set-up of pandemic planning & bi-weekly updates for all sites, immediate isolation for people showing symptoms, intensified cleaning and 1.5 metres distancing was introduced. In addition, shifts were added to reduce contact between employees, home office is supported and a COVID-19 questionnaire was provided to employees to ensure they know how to handle customer acceptance tests, suppliers, visitors and site leadership.

Switzerland

New work practices and COVID-19 measures were put in place after a short production break. These included distancing at production, temperature checks prior to arrival, restricting team sizes and increasing disinfection to keep everyone safe. The site re-started on March 30 with 100 employees – focus was on six trains ready out of production. We also had a customer visit our site on April 1, who was impressed with our actions and progress. 

Employees at our Swiss site after the restart.

 

 

Israel

Our team in Israel is focusing on crucial preparations to ensure our next red double-deck trainset is delivered smoothly to our customer Israel Railways. Michael Marulski, our Project Manager in Israel, and all employees involved in the project from both Bombardier Transportation and MTR have made great progress towards successfully completing this milestone, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Canada

Our Thunder Bay Plant has landed a new opportunity to assist O-Two Medical Technologies by manufacturing 18,000 units of e700 portable ventilators to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. This new project is creating work for around 40-50 employees for three to four months. As a result, we're calling back around 35 employees to produce these life saving devices for the Ontario Government.

Cluj

Romania

Our site in Cluj is committed to supporting their employees on the frontlines and those suffering from the coronavirus. As a result, we donated to Crucea Rosie Cluj and the Beard Brothers, who are ensuring doctors and medical staff in Cluj have the vital equipment required to save lives and fight COVID-19. We’re also ensuring the safety of all our colleagues by asking them to work from home and to support each other, so we can surpass this difficult time and live in a safer world again. 

Featured video

14 Apr 2020 Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we have tried to follow three important principles: to protect all our employees from COVID-19, to support the government's efforts to tackle the virus and ensure sustainable business continuity.

As a result, we paused our operations at our Derby, Crewe and Ilford sites to introduce new COVID-19 measures to provide a safer and more sustainable work environment.

This week we're re-starting our operations at these UK sites. Watch Matt Byrne, our UK & Ireland President, explain how we're protecting our people from COVID-19.

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Social media

Explore our social media channels to keep up with our latest news on COVID-19.

1 Apr 2020 Gina Trombley, our VP of Services for the Americas, shares a video message recognizing the 3,000 Bombardier operations and maintenance #services employees and all transit workers across the U.S. and Canada who are keeping the region moving during the #coronavirus pandemic.