Bombardier has been welcomed as an official member of the Railenium Technical Research Institute (TRI).
Railenium was established by the French government at the start of the decade to accelerate research and development (R&D) within the rail sector.
The body helps to bring industrial partners – the likes of Colas Rail, Thales and Alstom – with academic institutions.
Although Bombardier has only now become an official member, it has already contributed to several Railenium programmes, supporting research into bogie maintenance, shunting optimisation and brake testing.
Laurent Bouyer, president of Bombardier Transportation France, said: “Joining Railenium fits perfectly into our R&D strategy as we intend to boost our activities and further strengthen the rail sector by supporting research programmes that drive innovation, increase performance and improve the competitiveness of rolling stock products. This will deliver clear benefits to clients and passengers alike.”
Eric Tregoat, chief executive of Railenium, added: “With Bombardier joining Railenium, the TRI’s associates encompass all major railway industry leaders, consolidating Railenium’s position as the Technical Research Institute of the railway industry.”