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Alstom recently acquired Bombardier. So what does it all mean?
ALSTOM’s managing director in Australia Mark Coxon says a shared passion for rail will help maximise value as Bombardier Transportation comes into the fold.
In the role since 2015, Coxon was formally reaffirmed as Alstom’s local managing director shortly after it more than doubled in size when the BT acquisition was finalised on January 29.
“We have more commonalities than differences,” Coxon told Rail Express this week.
“Both companies have safety of our people and our products as priority. Both companies really have the passion for trains and technology and a desire to lead the digital transformation of our industry.”
“We should now be seen as one organisation in the market and not as two.”
With former BT rollingstock coming under the Alstom banner, one in three passenger trains/trams in Australia is now Alstom rollingstock, equating to almost one million passenger journeys every day across the country.
Moving forward, Coxon said the move confirms Alstom as the leading supplier of innovative, sustainable solutions to the Australasian rail market. And a more than doubling in size and footprint, with more than 1,650 local employees, will be a major strength.
“We’re not in a market which is declining in terms of pipeline – if anything it is actually the opposite,” he said. “There is a shortage of resources. The pipeline globally in terms of rail is very significant and in Australia even more so.
“In Australia we are in a situation that is not requiring structural capacity adaptation… We’re actually in a market where having resources and capability is a competitive advantage.”
Coxon said Alstom’s current priority is continuity.
“Our priority right now is one of continuity, meeting customers’ expectations and delivering on products and commitments,” he said.
“Then we look at how do we look at all the talents and resources and experts in Australia to build one organisation.
“It is about capturing the opportunities that have come out. That is our priority.”
Coxon said both companies had in the past showed capability to transfer technologies to Australia successfully and deliver projects on time with good quality.
“We think that will continue in the market place.”
Our full interview with Mark Coxon will feature in the April edition of Rail Express magazine.
This article first appeared on railexpress.com.au
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