At Bombardier Transportation our motto is: Together We Move!
Well…. in 2020, we most certainly moved together more than ever to rise up to the many challenges that confronted our company, our customers and all our employees. This year has been unprecedented in so many ways, with significant professional and personal challenges for all our Bombardier Transportation employees across the world. I want to start with a simple public statement of gratitude…
Thank You, for all your hard work and dedication in support of our company, our customers and for your superb service to the passengers that use public transportation across the globe, who depend on our reliable train systems and services. Together, we have most certainly overcome many challenges in 2020 and unfortunately, we will need to continue to navigate the ever-changing global health and market turbulence for several months to come.
As we close on 2020, I would like to take this time to recognize all our employees worldwide for their tireless effort and valuable contribution to serve the public ridership. I would also like to extend a special thank you to our employee’s families and loved ones, since they have supported and enabled our employees to dedicate so much time to our company as we adjusted to the new working arrangements, COVID-19 special safe-work protocols at our factories, service sites and offices and for the many that worked remotely. I wish I could convey my gratitude in all the local languages that our 36,000 colleagues in over 60 countries speak at home, but for now… Thank You.
At this time of the year, it is essential to look at the global picture and how we made a difference in the places where we work and live, while contributing to a greener planet. I am particularly proud to see how we all rallied, early on, around the response to the threat of COVID-19 to protect our communities while serving our valued customers in a safe and reliable way.
I am equally proud that in the middle of all of this we continued our journey towards creating a more inclusive and diverse company, coming together to make Bombardier Transportation and our communities a better place.
Thanks to our focus and dedication we continued to win in the global markets throughout this difficult year. Hard to name them all, but here are a few highlights:
– In the Americas we won several orders for BiLevel commuter rail cars for U.S. transportation authorities, the best-selling metro trains in the U.S., and we are proud to deliver the next generation of Skytrain cars for Vancouver, Canada. Our signalling team has won the order to supply its state-of-the-art mass transit rail control technology for the first metro line in Bogota, Colombia.
– In the Asia-Pacific region, our joint ventures succeeded in supplying new generation high-speed train cars in China, we had a strong comeback in the Indian Metro market, and we won a 10-year services contract to maintain MOVIA metro cars in Singapore. In Australia we won a contract for our VLocity regional commuter trains in Victoria.
– In Europe, these include orders for our leading OMNEO regional train for SNCF in France, a three-year services contract extension for Arriva CrossCountry in the UK, a framework agreement to deliver FLEXITY trams for Berlin, and in Belgium we won an order to supply multifunctional cars together with Alstom.
My best wishes, health, peace of mind and happiness to you and your families for the holiday season. Please stay safe and take care!