Due to interruption in receiving vital components
Bombardier Inc. announced on 24 January that it would lay off 145 workers at its railcar factory in La Pocatière, Quebec.
The Montreal-based aerospace and transportation multinational proclaimed that this was due to delays in receiving a vital component for manufacturing the AZUR subway cars for the Montreal transit system.
- The delay means Bombardier’s rollout of Montreal’s long-awaited new AZUR metro cars will take place six months later than planned, said Bombardier spokesman Marc Laforge to business magazine MBN.
Laforge insisted it was a temporary measure – workers will be laid off from April to October 2015.
Mr. Laforge explained that a supplier acting for Bombardier’s partner in the subway-car contract, Alstom SA, has been late in providing the automated control system the trains require.
A consortium of companies, including Alstom and Bombardier, was awarded a C$1.2bn contract in 2010 to make 468 cars for Montreal’s subway.
According to Alstom, a company that was contracted to build the automatic control system – Ansaldo STS, based in Genoa, Italy – had been late in getting it ready. However, the French multinational electricity generation and rail transport giant assured that the consortium was working hard to get the component delivered by the end of 2015.
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