Saxony’s prime minister Michael Kretschmer has opened a new rail car assembly hall at Bombardier’s Bautzen plant in Germany.
Around €8 million has been spent on the new production facility as part of a wider €30 million at the site.
Bombardier has described the hall as its most advanced in the world and said that it will be capable of producing up to 600 cars per year. This includes regional, intercity, suburban and underground trains and trams, of which three different vehicle types can be manufactured at once.
Around 500 employees will work in the new hall, which boast a total 8,100sqm factory floorspace.
Prime minister Michael Kretschmer said: “The investment now planned will secure 1,000 jobs here at Bombardier, and many more for the suppliers in the region. I am grateful to the company for its clear commitment.
“We have been through some difficult negotiations and some very uncertain times. I am very grateful to all those who supported the retention of the plants in both Bautzen and Görlitz. Now, the focus is on creating favourable prospects for the Görlitz plant as well, because the potential that exists there is not yet exhausted.”
The site was officially inaugurated on June 15.