BERLIN – BUSINESS – Bombardier Transportation has received the ‘Guaranteed French Origin’ label from the Pro France association for its Francilien and BOMBARDIER OMNEO/Regio 2N trains, both of which are designed and produced at Bombardier’s Crespin site in Hauts-de-France.
‘This is the first time a ‘Guaranteed French Origin’ label has been granted to the rail industry. This is a recognition of the know-how of our Crespin site employees and our commitment to our clients, passengers, and the French rail industry sector. Since Bombardier’s establishment in Crespin (North) 30 years ago, we have shown our dedication to France, in terms of rail innovation, economic returns and local employment’, said Laurent Bouyer, President, Bombardier Transportation France.
The ‘Guaranteed French Origin’ certification is the only certification which vouches for the French origin of a product based on an independent audit that ensures adherence to stringent standards. An audit conducted by certifying body Bureau Veritas confirmed that the production of the Francilien and the OMNEO/Regio 2N trains complied with the required criteria to carry the ‘Guaranteed French Origin’ label. Both series of trains take their essential characteristics from France and more than 50% of their unit cost price comes from France.
Both train series have been designed and are produced at Bombardier’s site in Crespin, which employs around 2,000 people, including around 500 engineers and managers. The Crespin team collaborates closely with local suppliers, 75% of which are France-based, many having established themselves in the dedicated industrial activity area situated next to the site.
The Francilien is an ultra-modern train widely acclaimed by Ile-de-France passengers for its comfort as well as its unique and colourful interior design. In addition, this train contributes to the line’s high punctuality, thanks to onboard predictive technologies. Since 2006, Ile-de-France Mobilités has ordered 360 Francilien trains through SNCF.
The OMNEO double-deck platform comes in an intercity version, called the OMNEO Premium, which can run at 200km/h as well as the Regio 2N version, designed for regional and greater metropolitan services. Since 2010, the Regions have ordered 401 trainsets through SNCF: 91 OMNEO Premium and 310 Regio 2N.
About Pro France
Founded by Yves Jégo in May 2010 in the wake of the presentation of his report on the ‘Brand France’ How to end the anonymous globalization: traceability at the service of consumers and employment, La Documentation française’, Pro France is an association of 1901 consisting of heads of companies whose mission is to ensure the promotion of the label ‘Origine France Garantie’. Arnaud Montebourg, former Minister of Economy, Productive Recovery and Digital, is also a member of the Board of Directors.
About the Origin France Certification Guarantee
The ‘Origin France Guaranteed’ certification is the only universal certification that confirms the French origin of products through an independent audit. It is currently the only one to guarantee the French origin at this level of requirement and thus differentiates itself from ‘Made in France’ by being a stronger and more demanding customs criteria.
The certification guarantees consumers that the products comply with two cumulative conditions:
1. 50% to 100% of the unit cost price of the product is acquired in France;
2. The product takes its essential characteristics in France (that is, all the processing steps are carried out there).
For the consumer, it offers the ability to know the French origin of a product and therefore to ability to choose a product in full transparency. For companies, this is the way to promote the support, development or return of productive activities in France in an efficient way, both on the domestic and export markets.
More information on Pro France and the ‘Origin France Guaranteed’ certification is available on www.originefrancegarantie.fr
Bombardier Transportation France
Renowned as France’s first industrial rail site, about 2,000 people work on Bombardier’s facility in Crespin (Nord), including 500 engineers and managers. The company designs builds, and commissions different types of equipment and is specialized in double deck platforms. Three emblematic projects are now in production: 1) OMNEO (in the Premium and Regio 2N regional versions) is an extra-capacity, double-deck train for the Regions of France, which ordered 401 train sets in a contract signed in 2010. 2) Francilien is an ultra-modern commuter train for Greater Paris. Île-de-France Mobilités has ordered 360 trains. Operating since December 2009, it is the best performing train of the SNCF Transilien network, servicing the P, L, J, K and H lines 3) RER NG, under a contract signed in 2017 as part of a consortium for Île-de-France Mobilités, will operate on the E and D lines of the RER.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation is a global mobility solution provider leading the way with the rail industry’s broadest portfolio. It covers the full spectrum of solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling to complete turnkey transport systems, e-mobility technology and data-driven maintenance services. Combining technology and performance with empathy, Bombardier Transportation continuously breaks new ground in sustainable mobility by providing integrated solutions that create substantial benefits for operators, passengers and the environment. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation employs around 39,850 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries.
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