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Bombardier lays tracks for the future of Australian rail at AusRAIL PLUS

  • As a Premium Gold Sponsor for AusRAIL PLUS 2019, Bombardier reaffirms rail sector leadership in Australia and ongoing support to the local industry
  • Bombardier’s scholarship program will help ten emerging industry leaders sharpen their rail industry expertise and build lifelong networks


Global mobility leader Bombardier Transportation is proud to be the Premium Gold Sponsor at this year’s AusRAIL PLUS, cementing Bombardier’s position as both a rail industry leader and enabler. At the event, Bombardier will launch its scholarship program, which will enable ten young professionals to attend the event in Sydney on December 3-5. This is an initiative that will provide the next generation of industry leaders with an opportunity to network and learn more about the rail industry. In addition, Bombardier is proud to sponsor AusRAIL PLUS’s Rail Track Association Australia Yellow Tie Dinner for the seventh year.

“Bombardier in Australia is delighted to sponsor the AusRAIL PLUS event again in 2019. As Australia’s only local end-to-end manufacturer of trains and trams, it is important that we demonstrate our commitment to the local rail sector, and use this opportunity to express our gratitude to the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), state governments, industry partners, local suppliers, and of course the community,” said Wendy McMillan, President, Southeast Asia and Australia, Bombardier Transportation. 

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“This year, I’m delighted that ten emerging leaders have the opportunity to attend AusRAIL PLUS through Bombardier’s scholarship program."
Wendy McMillan, President, Southeast Asia and Australia, Bombardier Transportation
scholarship program

Andre Soriano, one of the selected young professionals for Bombardier's scholarship program.

“This year, I’m delighted that ten emerging leaders have the opportunity to attend AusRAIL PLUS through Bombardier’s scholarship program. Fostering the next generation of industry talent is important to us, but more importantly to the whole industry. As an Australian manufacturer with more than 70 years investment in this country, it is extremely important that we do all we can to ensure the next generation takes us forward with the same success that the previous generation did.”

The scholarship program will allow numerous young professionals from Australia’s rail sector to attend the three-day AusRAIL PLUS conference to hone their industry knowledge, build important networks and discuss future trends with leaders from the rail industry. Scholarship entrants submitted an idea that could either disrupt or bring greater awareness to the rail industry in Australia and New Zealand. They were judged on the benefits, quality and relevance of their idea. After much deliberation and many entries to the independent judging panel, ten winners were selected including Andre Soriano, Graduate Engineer at Bombardier Transportation in Australia.

Bombardier has been investing in Australia for more than 70 years and has a proud history of employing trainees, apprentices and interns with entry level pathways offered at all our Australian sites. As a trusted rail industry partner with over 1000 Australian employees, Bombardier designs, engineers, manufactures and maintains rolling stock across Australia. It also provides signalling, rail equipment, asset management and through-life support to customers and operators which allows us to maintain the highest level of local content across the majority of our projects.

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 40,650 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries.

About Bombardier

With over 68,000 employees, 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 as well as a broad portfolio of products and services for the business aviation, commercial aviation and rail transportation markets. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion US. The company is recognized on the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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