Alstom to open tram factory in Brazil

Alstom is to set up a new manufacturing facility in Brazil to coordinate the delivery of light rail equipment across Brazil and South America.

One of the first orders to be delivered by the site, which will be based at Alstom’s existing hydro engineering site in Taubaté, will be a new system for Rio de Janeiro.

Alstom has tasked with supplying the power supply, S&T systems and 32 trams for a new 28-kilometre catenary-free system by the RATP, CCR, OTP (Odebrecht, Transport), Invepar consortium that is building the new network.

The site will be operational from December 2014, with the delivery of the trams expected to take place between 2015 and 2016 in time for the Olympic Games.

Michel Boccaccio, senior vice president of Alstom Transport in Latin America, said: “The tramway is gaining momentum as one of the solutions for urban mobility issues in Brazilian and Latin America cities. This is why Alstom has decided to invest in a tram line in Taubaté, which will serve Brazilian projects as well as export projects in Latin America.”