Coimbatore, India (Urban Transport News): Alstom, a global leader in sustainable and green mobility solutions, inaugurated its new component manufacturing facility in Coimbatore in the presence of Emmanuel Lenin, Ambassador of France to India and Alain Spohr, Managing Director, Alstom India & South Asia. It is the largest component manufacturing facility in Asia and is dedicated to improving industrial efficiency in manufacturing components for various prestigious national and international projects.
Alstom’s industrial presence in Coimbatore has grown into 3 sites since 1978. The new site, spread over a total area of 15 acres and with an installed capacity of 2.1 million hours, will offer a high level of production diversity and complexity – integration and testing. Traction, auxiliary converters, cubicles, driver’s desk and rolling stock looms. The site will create 10,000 direct and indirect jobs and currently has a gender diversity rate of 20%.
The Coimbatore site currently delivers not only to Alstom’s Indian sites but also to major destinations across 5 continents – Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. Some of the major countries include – France, Canada, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, UAE etc.
Speaking at the inauguration, Alain SPOHR, Managing Director – Alstom India said:
“Our presence in Coimbatore dates back to the 1970s and since then we have grown manifold. The inauguration of this facility is a testimony to our commitment towards the government’s flagship ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative. With our enhanced capabilities and a team of talented and dedicated employees, we are proud to be the catalyst in India’s manufacturing led growth story. We have been the preferred mobility partner in various Indian projects and look forward to becoming a leading supplier of components at Alstom’s sites globally.”
French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenin expressed surprise at Alstom’s commitment to India at the inauguration of a large scale setup with modern equipment and facilities, saying, “French companies fully committed to ‘Make in India’ and are growing rapidly on it. Behind the strong bilateral ties between the two countries. Glad to see India’s manufacturing prowess powering global mobility. Sustainable mobility while creating a positive impact on people and communities I salute the efforts and investments made by Alstom in India over the years towards building a strong base of solutions and high localization.
In line with Alstom’s sustainability goals for 2025, the site has taken several sustainability measures such as targeting 80% of regular activities run on green energy, 100% use of natural light during the day, rainwater harvesting, treated 100% reuse of sewage water, etc. The factory also has a stellar record in safety. Cumulatively, the factory has successfully achieved 10+ years of ‘accident free’ man-days.
In line with its commitment to continuing to contribute to communities in need, Alstom has been working on a variety of projects around the factory. With an aim to reach out to a total of over 100,000 direct beneficiaries, the company has committed Rs 3 crore for various CSR projects over the next 3 years. Some of these activities include water conservation, sustainable rural living and youth skills.
With this strong industrial and commercial base with the aim of offering a wide range of components, Alstom is very strong to meet the mobility needs of India and the world.