ABB to equip new commuter train fleet in Paris

2007-09-03 - Contract makes ABB the largest supplier of traction transformers in France

Zürich, Switzerland, September 3, 2007 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has signed a frame contract with Bombardier worth more than $30 million to supply traction transformers for 172 new trains that will upgrade commuter travel in the heavily congested Île-de-France region around Paris.

The first order was booked in the second quarter of 2007, and builds on the long-term relationship between ABB and Bombardier.

“This contract reaffirms our position as a reliable partner and supplier of choice for Bombardier Transportation,” said Bernhard Jucker, head of ABB’s Power Products division. “Our state-of-the-art transformer technology is a compact, lightweight and robust solution that complements Bombardier’s expertise in modern rail travel.”

Already the world’s leading supplier of traction transformers, this order makes ABB the top supplier in France as well. ABB’s compact units were chosen because a new wide-body carriage design and extra seating put severe restrictions on the size and weight of the transformers used.
Powerful traction transformers are mounted on trains to ensure power supply to the motors, and since there is no back-up system due to limited space, they must be failsafe. ABB will supply two transformers for each of 172 carriages being manufactured for SNCF (French National Railways) and STIF (Paris Region Transportation Council).

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 111,000 people.

About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.

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