Toronto Star columnist David Olive published a biased column on Bombardier Transportation that does not accurately represent the reality of our organization.
Lee Sander, the new president for the Americas Region, wanted to re-establish the facts and reassert that Bombardier Transportation is a leader in the rail industry.
Below is the opinion letter which was published by the Toronto Star on December 28, 2018:
“In his column of December 17, David Olive is asking if Bombardier ‘has finally run out of track’ and ‘will end up in liquidation.’ These are very strong statements that do not reflect the reality of our company and industry.
On the contrary, Bombardier remains strong and present.
We are a global company with a $ 34 billion backlog with contracts in 70 countries. Every day, we safely move half a billion people across the globe. In North America, Bombardier has more than 10,000 rail vehicles in service in cities and airports. Furthermore, nine of the ten busiest airports in the United States have chosen Bombardier for their automated transit systems.
In the last week alone, contracts worth $ 1,5 billion US were awarded to Bombardier Transportation and it is well positioned to sign a historical contract with the New Jersey Transit for the purchase of multilevel vehicles. Actually, the mobility industry is forecasting $40 billion contracts in North America in the next five years where Bombardier, with its complete portfolio of solutions, will be well positioned to win its fair share, despite the presence of the Chinese or a potential merger of competitors.
Nonetheless, Bombardier Transportation is extremely disappointed by the decision of VIA Rail – a Crown Corporation – in selecting a foreign competitor and awarding them a $1 billion contract. This disappointment is shared among our 4,600 employees in our Transportation division in Canada, their families, as well as our 500 Canadian suppliers.
We do believe an industrial policy should be based on a long-term approach that supports local champions who are innovative, use Canadian-made high technology, and provide superior engineering and manufacturing to ensure the future growth and viability of Canadian industries.
We also believe our investments over the last decades, the expertise of our thousands of workers and our contribution to the value chain, along with the creation of economic wealth should be recognized here at home, as they are in the United States, in France, in Germany, in Great Britain, and with our joint ventures in China.
From time to time, we have faced delays, like any company in the rail industry, and unfortunately, it happened in our home country. In Ontario, we acknowledged our issues and took concrete measures to improve our delivery rate. We have invested $20 million alone to rectify this issue, including opening a new production line at our Kingston manufacturing site. The first results have been very positive as we met TTC’s targets for the past three quarters and produced 2.5 times the number of streetcars compared to the previous year.
This is Bombardier’s true nature: delivering safe, reliable, and sustainable mobility solutions, on time to meet our commitment to our customers.
Elliot G. Sander
President, Bombardier Transportation, Americas Region”