Alstom inaugurates new production site in Italy dedicated to railway electrification

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Alstom has announced the inauguration of a new €2m plant in Italy which will develop and manufacture electrification equipment for railway, metro, and tram lines for both the Italian and foreign markets.

The new production site, which is in Valmadrera, Lecco, Italy, will produce power transmission components for the rail sector, and according to Alstom, it will become the firm’s center of excellence for the design and construction of catenary components, conductor rail and APS rail.

Alstom has made an investment of around €2m in the plant including in new numerical control machinery, a quality laboratory testing machine and automatic storage systems. The new site is spread across 9,800m2 and unifies the two smaller production sites in Pescate and Olginate.

“We are investing in the development of smart and sustainable mobility in Italy to help create an integrated ecosystem of transport, improving decarbonization,” said Gian Luca Erbacci, Alstom group president for Europe. “The new Valmadrera plant will be strategic for the whole group as we are exporting 90% of the electrification equipment worldwide.”

In the Lecco area, Alstom concentrates the production of electrification material that is then exported not only in Italy, but all over the world, including to Algeria, Dubai, France, Japan, Greece, Romania, Turkey, UK, etc.

Specifically, the new site in Valmadrera will oversee the production of catenary cantilevers and related accessories for the electrification of railway lines; terminal blocks for substations and power distribution lines; rigid catenary solutions for metro; third rail and APS (power supply from the ground) for metro and tramway lines; and finally, power supply lines for overhead travelling cranes.