Mon, Oct 20, 2003 - Page 10 News List

Bombardier will make Taiwan its hub

CNA , TAIPEI

The Canada-based Bombardier Inc is planning to base its regional business operations center in Taiwan to better explore the Asia-Pacific market, a company executive said Friday.

Pierre Lortie, president of Bombardier's transportation depart-ment, said the company, the contractor of engineering construction for the planned Neihu Line of Taipei's mass rapid transport system, will search for qualified Taiwan businesses to cooperate in the manufacture of relevant facilities through technology transfer.

Bombardier won its bid in June to build the core electrical and mechanical engineering systems that will be installed in the planned 15km Neihu Line. The systems include power supplies, telecommunications, transmission lines, escalators, signals and turnstile systems.

According to Lortie, the Neihu Line's engineering construction plan worth NT$18.5 billion (US$548 million) is a "big contract" for the company, which specializes in mass transit system, passenger rail and other vehicles.

Around 80 percent of the line's 202 cars will be assembled in Taiwan, with the remaining to be completed in the US, he noted, adding that most of the car facilities, including machinery, telecoms equipment and automated toll collecting systems will be manufactured in Taiwan by a subcontractor.

Lortie said he was very confident of the planned cooperation model, as Taiwan is strong in the computer and electronics industry.

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