French Government and Alstom report progress made at Belfort site
The French Government and Alstom have presented the progress made for railway maintenance and industrial activities at the company’s Belfort site.
Alstom stated that diversification of the site will continue, specifically services and maintenance activities. The company has invested €1m since October last year in development of a new industrial building for maintenance.
Alstom chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said: "In line with the commitments made on 4 October, Alstom is investing in the creation of a European centre of excellence for maintenance in Belfort.
“This is reflected in the implementation of several Alstom investments, including the reconstruction of a test track on the site announced last week."
This month, the state, local authorities, SNCF Réseau and Alstom signed a financing agreement to electrify the test track of the Belfort site.
These latest investments are part of Alstom's plans to create a European locomotive maintenance centre in Belfort.
The site will receive 23 locomotives from to perform maintenance activities on from Akiem, a subsidiary of SNCF group and Deutsch Asset Management. Akiem will formalise the decision before next month.
French Minister of State for Industry Christophe Sirugue said: "The implementation of the continuity plan for the railway activities at Belfort is progressing and reflects the strong commitment of the government to fulfil the commitments made.
“I am particularly attached to the growth of the new activities of the site, which will participate, alongside orders, in ensuring the continuity of Alstom’s site at Belfort.”
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