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Alstom to build 580 trains for South Africa locally

Staff writer ▼ | March 7, 2016
Alstom, through its local South African joint venture company Gibela, started the construction of its new manufacturing site to build 580 suburban trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).
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The ceremony took place on 4 March 2016, in the town of Dunnotar, close to Johannesburg, in the presence of the South African Minister of Transport, Minister Dipuo Peters, the executive Mayor of the local Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Mondli Gungubeleand other dignitaries, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom Chairman and CEO and Marc Granger, Gibela Chief Executive Officer.

The completion of the 60,000m2 site, which will be built in phases, is expected to take 18 months. It will deliver 3,480 coaches over the next 10 years, with the very first South African-manufactured train to be completed by the end of 2017.

Around 1,500 people will be employed at the manufacturing, assembly and testing facilities. The site will include an academic training centre, large workshops, office buildings, as well as a test track and test facility required for the new trains.

Alstom has been present in South Africa for many years and was awarded around €4 billion PRASA contract in October 2013, the largest contract in the history of the company. The contract also includes 19-year service agreement.