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Boosting innovation in the rail industry: Bombardier Transportation and TU Dresden sign cooperation agreement for research projects

Bombardier Transportation and the Technical University of Dresden today announced the continuation of their successful cooperation initiated in 2007. Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Transportation Germany, and Dr. Andreas Handschuh, Chancellor of TU Dresden, signed a research framework agreement today in the presence of Michael Kretschmer, State Premier of Saxony.

This gives the green light for the first two research projects within the framework agreement, each project resulting in the establishment of a PhD position. Bombardier Transportation is funding both projects with a total sum of 500,000 euro.

One project is aimed at programming innovative software to be used in the development of new train models. The plan is for the software to provide forecasts regarding the operating noise inside trains, thereby helping to reduce these significantly. It is hoped that this technology will make an important contribution towards noise reduction as early as the development phase and hence enhance travelling comfort for new trains.

The second project focuses on developing a smart measuring system for track profiles in close cooperation with the Bombardier site in Bautzen. The new system can be temporarily fitted on any vehicle, enabling it to provide valuable data on the infrastructure during travel. The data collected is then utilised to develop new vehicles for the corresponding rail network. Another advantage to the system: Operators can draw on the data to investigate whether the use of non-fleet vehicles, for instance from neighbouring cities, is possible on their rail networks. If need be, the capacity of the relevant network can be increased in this way.

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Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Transportation in Germany (left), and Dr. Andreas Handschuh, Chancellor of TU Dresden (right), at the signing of the new research cooperation in the presence of Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (middle).

Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Transportation in Germany (left), and Dr. Andreas Handschuh, Chancellor of TU Dresden (right), at the signing of the new research cooperation in the presence of Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (middle).

“The research cooperation is good for both partners. It’s also a win-win situation for the whole economic and scientific region of Saxony. Because projects like these are a good catalyst for innovation – and innovation is important for prosperity and employment in our federal state”, declared State Premier Michael Kretschmer. “We need this close exchange between research and industry. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped the collaboration to succeed in very real terms.”

“It a huge honour for the TU Dresden to be able to expand its partnership with Bombardier, a cooperation stretching back ten years. This strengthens our university as a leading centre of excellence for rail transport engineering, while reiterating the successful science and technology transfers aimed at consolidating Saxony as a business location” explained Dr. Andreas Handschuh, Chancellor of TU Dresden.

“Innovations help us define benchmarks in the market. The close cooperation between science and industry is something we hold dear”, stated Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Germany. “This successful cooperation as well as our sites in Görlitz and Bautzen underscore our strong commitment to the federal state of Saxony.”

“Innovations help us define benchmarks in the market. The close cooperation between science and industry is something we hold dear. This successful cooperation as well as our sites in Görlitz and Bautzen underscore our strong commitment to the federal state of Saxony.”
Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Transportation Germany

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation is a global mobility solution provider leading the way with the rail industry’s broadest portfolio. It covers the full spectrum of solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling to complete turnkey transport systems, e-mobility technology and data-driven maintenance services. Combining technology and performance with empathy, Bombardier Transportation continuously breaks new ground in sustainable mobility by providing integrated solutions that create substantial benefits for operators, passengers and the environment. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation employs around 39,850 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries.

About Bombardier

With over 69,500 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion US. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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