Bombardier's Great British bid

Bondholder Bombardier has submitted, with Hitachi Rail, its ‘Great British’ train proposal to High Speed Two (HS2) that would be the most advanced, customer-oriented train ever to run in the UK.

The contract, worth £2.75billion, is to design, build and maintain at least 54 trains for Phase One of HS2.

Bombardier’s President, UK, Phil Hufton said “HS2 is this generation's chance to transform our country. Our Great British train will connect our great cities and improve the journeys of every passenger. HS2’s vision is to be a catalyst for growth across Britain – we are ready to make that happen.”

Hitachi has pioneered Japan’s world-renowned Shinkansen ‘bullet trains’ while Bombardier offers a depth of international experience from its high speed trains operating in Europe and on the world’s largest network in China.

In 2015, the two companies together delivered the Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) ETR1000 for Trenitalia, which is the fastest yet quietest in-service high speed train in Europe. Operating at speeds up to 225 mph, it has transformed passenger experience and connectivity across Italy.

Its success has been recognised by Trenitalia placing a further order in June 2019 for 14 new trains, increasing Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) high speed services across Italy.

Hitachi Rail’s Managing Director, Karen Boswell OBE, said “Hitachi-Bombardier’s Great British train for HS2 would be a shining example of British ingenuity. Our bid, if successful, would bring significant benefits for economies and communities, while truly transforming connectivity and passengers’ experience.”

Alongside London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, HS2 services will also serve destinations beyond the core HS2 network, including York, Newcastle, Liverpool, the North West, Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Bombardier set for Cairo monorail

Bondholder Bombardier Transportation has been named preferred bidder to build and supply a new monorail system in Cairo, Egypt with the rolling stock part of the order to be developed and built in Derby.

The potential value of the bid for Bombardier Transportation is €1.2 billion for the Design & Build Contract. In addition, there is a 15+15 years Operations and Maintenance deal with a potential value of about €1.1 billion.

The project is for the delivery of a 54km monorail system connecting the New Administrative City with East Cairo as well as a second 42km line connecting 6th October City with Giza. Bombardier Transportation will deliver the project in partnership with two Egyptian companies Orascom Construction and the Arab Contractors.

Phil Hufton, managing director of Bombardier Transportation, said the monorail was "a new product line". He said: "It will create a situation where we will probably employ about 100 people on this contract - that includes apprentices as well."

Mr Hufton added that it was "excellent news for Bombardier and for our teams in the UK and in Egypt".

"It shows that the British rail industry is world class and can compete and win in global markets," he said.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: "This is a strategically important project in a growing market like Egypt, demonstrating how UK manufacturing expertise is competing and winning in global markets against tough competition.

"The British rail industry is world class. Derby has been making trains for 180 years, and this project shows that the Derby Litchurch Lane facility remains globally competitive."

This will be the first export of overseas rolling stock from the Derby facility since 2010 when Bombardier built trains for South Africa.

The order award is subject to contract and final confirmation.

Recruitment drive for train maker


Bondholder Bombardier Transportation UK has launched a major recruitment drive to find 300 assembly workers to help them deliver a record number of trains.

It is looking to recruit electrical and mechanical assemblers to work at the Litchurch Lane plant, and has organised an interview day, which is due to take place this weekend, to carry out assessments for those who are interested in the available positions.

In recent years, Bombardier has landed a number of major contracts for its Aventra train - designed, developed and now built in Derby.

They include orders from London Overground, Greater Anglia, South Western and West Midlands. Now, many of these contracts are starting to come on-stream - and Bombardier now needs extra workers to build them.

In other news Bombardier has sold its UK rolling stock electrical component and system production and installation activities in a deal worth about £10.9m.

This transaction is another step in Bombardier’s Transformation Programme and the acquisition extends existing global relationship between Bombardier and Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd.

New MD and Chairman for Bombardier

Bondholder Bombardier Transportation has appointed senior rail executive, Phil Hufton, as its new Managing Director and Chairman of the Board for Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd, effective from October 1, 2018. In addition, Mr. Hufton will become the Head of Projects UK and lead the UK management team.

“We are delighted to welcome Phil Hufton to our Bombardier team,” said Per Allmer, President, Western Europe, Middle East, Africa and South East Asia at Bombardier Transportation. “He is a proven leader with a deep knowledge of the rail industry and extensive experience in delivering complex railway operations, maintenance and renewals. In his new role, Phil Hufton will drive the performance of our UK business, focus on customer satisfaction and strengthen our leadership team.”

Mr. Hufton joins Bombardier from Network Rail where he was Managing Director, England and Wales. Prior to that, he held various senior executive positions with London Underground, including Chief Operating Officer and Asset Performance Director. His career before London Underground included manufacturing and engineering around the world, mainly in the rail industry.

Mr. Hufton succeeds Richard Hunter as Chairman and Managing Director: Mr. Hunter held the role since 2015. In March 2018, Mr. Hunter was appointed as President of Rail Control Solutions and Wayside for Bombardier Transportation worldwide. After handover, Mr. Hunter will be dedicated to this global role.

Bombardier and Hitachi team up

Bondholder and Derby-based manufacturing giant Bombardier is working with Hitachi Rail on a joint bid to build a fleet of 225mph HS2 trains.

Bombardier Transportation will tender for the £2.75bn contract in partnership with Hitachi.  

The companies had previously put forward separate bids to build and maintain the 54-train fleet which will be used on the first HS2 phase between London and Birmingham.

If the joint venture is chosen by the government, the trains would be built in Bombardier’s Derby plant and Hitachi’s base in County Durham.

Richard Hunter, Bombardier’s UK managing director said “By joining together in partnership with Hitachi we will combine both companies' global high-speed expertise with unrivalled British experience.”

It is expected that the tendering process will start later this year, with the contract awarded in late 2019.

Alstom Transport, Patentes Talgo, Siemens and CAF have also been shortlisted.

Bombardier win £73m deal

Bombardier Wins Multi-billion Pound Contract

The deal with Transport for London (TfL), worth £73 million, will see bondholder Bombardier Transportation build five additional trains for services on London’s Elizabeth line increasing the total order to 70 trains.  

The agreement also includes an expansion to the existing Train Services Agreement to cover the new trains.

The additional BOMBARDIER AVENTRA trains will have 9 carriages which will boost the capacity to the central section of the new Elizabeth line service and an extension to Reading and Heathrow Terminal 5.  

Each train will carry up to 1,500 passengers, include air-conditioning, interconnecting walk-through carriages, and have been designed with an emphasis on energy-efficiency and intelligent on-train energy management systems.

These extra cars will be added to the 585 cars already in production in Derby for the Elizabeth line and are scheduled to enter service by the end of 2019.

Mark Wild, TfL’s Managing Director for London Underground and the Elizabeth line, said: “The opening of the Elizabeth line in December will redefine transport in London with journeys made easier and trains passing through brand new tunnels beneath central London to new, accessible stations. The additional trains will allow us to serve all the terminals at Heathrow and provide an increased frequency when the line is fully open in December 2019.”

Richard Hunter, Managing Director, Bombardier Transportation UK said, “The Elizabeth line is set to transform transport in London with quicker, easier and more accessible journeys, and we are proud to be playing our part. This important additional order is an endorsement of our workforce and the quality of the products we design, engineer, manufacture and service in the UK.”

Jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport (DfT) and TfL, the Elizabeth line is the largest infrastructure project of its kind in Europe and is now in its final stages. When complete, London’s new railway will carry over 200 million passengers per year and add 10 percent to central London’s rail capacity.


Bombardier Secure £647m Contracts

Bondholder Bombardier has secured a £647m contracts, including a £542m deal with Corelink Rail Infrastructure to build and maintain 333 train carriages for the new West Midlands Trains franchise. 

Bombardier will supply its new Aventra vehicles, and will also provide maintenance and support services.

Today, the company has also announced a £105m deal with Derby based Porterbrook to supply 60 electric trains.

Richard Hunter, UK managing director at Bombardier Transportation, said: “Our modern Aventra trains will be built in the Midlands for the Midlands, and will transform the travel experience for passengers on the new West Midlands Trains franchise by delivering more reliability, shorter journey times, and an exceptional travel experience through enhanced interior design.

“This important contract win again demonstrates Bombardier is the first choice when it comes to delivering high quality, integrated transportation products and services, and value-adding long-term solutions for our customers.

“It’s another huge endorsement of our workforce and the quality of the products we design, engineer and manufacture in the UK.”

Bombardier Shortlisted for HS2 Contract

Bondholder Bombardier has been shortlisted for a £2.75bn contract to supply trains for High Speed 2.

The firm is one of five companies that has been invited to tender for the contract.

The contract will cover design, build and maintenance of the trains.

A Bombardier spokesperson said: “We are delighted to have pre-qualified for the contract to supply the new trains for High Speed 2.

"Bombardier has the unique capability to design, develop, build and maintain trains in Britain, so we are very excited by the chance to be part of this transformational project to transport 300,000 passengers a day on Britain’s new high speed rail network and the existing railway.”

All five bidders will now be invited to tender in spring 2018, with contracts awarded in 2019.

Chris Rayner, HS2 Ltd managing director of railway operations, said: “It’s great to see such a strong line-up of experienced high-tech manufacturing and design talent.

“Together with the successful bidder, HS2 will deliver some of the world’s most advanced rolling stock, engineered to provide seamless, accessible, fast and reliable journeys."

State of the Economy Conference 2017


Bondholder East Midlands Chamber is hosting its annual State of the Economy Conference at fellow Bondholder Rolls-Royce next month. 

Bringing together business leaders from across the East Midlands, this is the only conference that focuses on the economic performance and prospects for the region.

Through a series of keynote speakers and expert panels, the conference will examine the latest research and projections for the regional and national economy following the UK's landmark decision to leave the European Union.

Speakers include:

For more information, or to book your place, please click here

Bombardier Wins £680m Contract

Bombardier has won a share of a £680 million deal to supply trains for the new West Midlands rail franchise.

The firm will manufacture 333 electric carriages for West Midlands Trains – a consortium made up of Dutch national operator Abellio, the East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui and Co.

Bombardier will be working alongside Spanish firm CAF, who have been selected to make 80 diesel carriages for the franchise.

Dominic Booth, managing director of Abellio UK, said: “We are delighted to award this work to Bombardier and CAF, which means we are now overseeing £3bn of investment into 1,700 new carriages across all our franchises.

“It is great news that so many of these trains will be produced in the UK. As a company, we are committed to working with the government to strengthen the British economy and deliver thousands of high-quality jobs over the coming years.”

The model of train it will be supplying to West Midlands Trains will be the Aventra.

Richard Hunter, UK managing director at Bombardier Transportation, said: “Being selected for this important order is another huge endorsement of our workforce and the quality of the products we design, engineer and manufacture here in the UK.

“Our modern Aventra trains will be built in the Midlands for the Midlands, and provide passengers with greater connectivity, reliability and shorter journey times.” 

Working with Autism

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has worked alongside Autism East Midlands to host a Working With Autism networking event at the Learning and Development Centre. 

The networking event allowed invited guests including local policy makers, business leaders and key individuals including Cllr John Whitby (The Right Worshipful Mayor of the City of Derby) Annie Hall (High Sherriff of Derbyshire) Heather Wheeler MP (Member of Parliament South Derbyshire) Cllr Nicola Roulstone (Representing Pauline Latham MP).

The event also included representatives from Bondholders BombardierDerby College, GeldardsLoatesHR, Pattonair, and Smith Cooper.

The event focused on the overarching point “What can we do but more importantly what can we do differently?” when supporting autism in the workplace. 

Jane Howson, Autism East Midlands Chief Executive, said: "The employment rate for people with autism has not changed in the last decade and remains extremely low, with only 16% of autistic adults in full-time work.

"However, we know that with the right support and simple, low-cost adjustments to their environments many more autistic people could thrive in the workplace.  

"This event will show, through our partners’ experience, how we can help local businesses to embrace a more diverse workforce, celebrate their employees’ individuality and reap the rewards of doing so."

£112.1m Win for Bombardier

Bondholder Bombardier has been awarded a contract worth £112.1 million, to supply new motors and traction control equipment for London Underground's fleet of Central line trains.

The train maker will provide parts for 85 eight-car Central line trains. 

Richard Hunter, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation UK, said: "This important contract win is testament to the significant improvements in energy consumption, reliability and performance of our Bombardier MITRAC systems.

"Bombardier has a long history of working with London Underground, and we continue to provide cutting-edge technology across the tube network, playing a vital role in keeping London moving."

Mark Wild, Managing DIrector of London Underground, added: "Installing new motors is one of the most important parts of this work, and will mean we can deliver a more reliable service to our customers, which in turn will boost capacity."

Trinity's UK Tech List

Trinity Mirror has compiled a list of 35 companies that showcase the best of UK tech and innovation, and a number of Bondholders have made the cut. 

The Prime Minister has recently dubbed the technology industry as a "great British success story", with the sector attracting £28bn worth of investment since 2011. 

Bondholders listed included Bombardier, epm:technology, Rolls-Royce and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "Derby has a rich history as the UK Capital for Innovation - the birthplace of the industrial revolution. This tradition is now being carried on by many of our Bondholders."



£900 Million Contract for Bombardier

Bondholder Bombardier has landed a contract with South West Trains worth almost £900 million.

First Group/MTR, the new franchisee of South West Trains, announced that it had selected Bombardier to supply 750 carriages. The deal, worth £895 million, is the third largest contract the Derby firm has won since 2014, and represents the largest ever single Aventra train order.

First Group/MTR has also chosen Bombardier to maintain its trains throughout the duration of its seven-year franchise, which starts in August.

Richard Hunter, UK managing director at Bombardier Transportation, said that the contract "demonstrates further confidence placed in this market-leading rolling stock, designed and built in Britain.

"Aventra offers enhanced performance and increased passenger capacity, which will play an important part in helping First/MTR satisfy continued levels of passenger growth on the South Western network. The contract builds upon our strong credentials, following the selection of Aventra for Crossrail, as well as for the East Anglia franchise. We look forward to deepening our collaborative relationship with First/MTR."



University Launch Publishing House

Bondholder the University of Derby has launched a brand-new publishing house, Peregrine Publishing.

Peregrine’s first book is being supported by University funding and is intended to mark the 40th anniversary of Derby achieving city status. 

The Derby Yearbook is a collection of 40 authors, covering 40 topics on the city, such as industrial heritage, varied religious make-up, leading educational institutions, pioneering festivals, art collectives, decorated sports teams and bustling commerce of past and present, all compiled to celebrate Derby’s 40 years as a city.

Bondholders Rolls-Royce, Royal Crown Derby and Bombardier are among some of the businesses featured in the book alongside Professor Kathryn Mitchell, the Vice-Chancellor at the University, and notable Derby citizens.

6,000 Students Benefit from e4e

Over 6,000 students have benefited from Bondholder Derby City Council's e4e initiative over the last 12 months - four times as many as in the previous period.

Pupils across 14 Derby schools have taken part in Enterprise 4 Education’s (e4e) programme of activities, which range from CV writing workshops and mock interviews to one-to-one mentoring sessions, industry visits, and career talks.

e4e was originally founded by Derby City Council in November 2014, with a board of directors comprised of representatives from the city’s schools and business community, including Bondholder Rolls Royce, Bombardier, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, and SMEs.

The business community has thrown its support behind the initiative and e4e has now recruited more than 450 business volunteers who help young people achieve by raising their self-belief, motivation, and aspirations while informing them about their career opportunities.

Mike Copestake, Senior Partner at Bondholder Freeths and chairman of e4e, added: “To be playing a key role in raising the aspirations of almost 6,000 young people is an amazing achievement - but the hard work doesn't stop there - we still need to recruit more business volunteers and mentors to support our expanded programme of activities and I would urge anyone who can give just half a day a year of their time to sign up as a volunteer.”

Ministerial Praise for Bombardier

Bondholder Bombardier has been hailed by a government minister as a company that shows why the UK is the best place in the world to do business. 

After visiting the Litchurch Lane site, Greg Hands, Minister of International Trade, said "Bombardier's site at Derby shows clearly why the UK remains one of the best places in the world to do business.

"From innovative battery-powered trains to multi-billion pound Crossrail projects, we will continue to support companies like Bombardier, driving UK exports and attracting inward investment."

During his visit, the Minister noted that the city plays an important role in the rail sector, housing the world's largest rail cluster.

Richard Hunter, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation UK, said: 'We were delighted to welcome Mr Hands to our site in Derby to see some of the great products designed and manufactured by our highly-skilled staff."

Bondholders Gain Royal Seal of Approval

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, visited Derby yesterday on his first official engagement in Derbyshire and stopped-by Bondholders Rolls-Royce and Bombardier, to learn more about their engineering pedigree. 

Prince William's visit included a tour of the Bondholders' manufacturing assembly lines, as well as having the opportunity to learn how both companies support the next generation of engineering talent.

At Bombardier, the Duke of Cambridge had the opportunity to drive one of the trains on the test track, as well as touring the assembly lines and meet manufacturing, welding and painting apprentices.

The Duke also unveiled a plaque and boarded a Crossrail train, manufactured for the Elizabeth Line in London.

During his visit to Rolls-Royce, the Duke of Cambridge toured the shop floor and met with the apprentices at the Apprentice Academy Workshop. 

Prince William completed his visit of Derby by visiting the Padley Development Centre, which helps people facing homelessness, mental health difficulties, addiction, learning disabilities and ex-offenders.

Presidential Election at Chamber

Bondholder East Midlands Chamber announced Geoff Poyzer as its President for 2016/17 at their annual general meeting held last week at Bondholder iPro Stadium.

Geoff is Managing Director for the Highways Division at North Midland Construction PLC, and has been a member of the Chamber Board since October 2008.

Geoff Poyzer said: “It is an honour and privilege to be elected President of the biggest business-representative body in the Midlands and one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in the country.”

The new Chamber President has four areas on which he wants to focus – Brexit; the difference between management and leadership; helping business to keep pace with the rapidly changing world of technology; and promoting the ‘great’ East Midlands as a great place to live and work. He also intends to support the Midlands Engine for Growth and Midlands Connect.

Also at the event, six local business were presented with their British Chambers of Commerce Regional Awards for 2016, including Bondholders Purpose Media – High Growth Business of the Year, and HUUB Design – Business of the Year.

The AGM was followed by the Chamber’s State of the Economy Conference which explored the impact on business of Brexit.

With an audience of business leaders from across the region, key speakers and panellists at the event included MPs Nicky Morgan (Loughborough) and Chris Leslie (Nottingham East), and Bondholders Garry Mowbray - Director of Finance at Bombardier Transportation, Nick Freeman – Assistant General Manager of Corporate Planning and External Affairs at Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK), Barry Naisbitt – Chief Economist for Santander and Mark Deakin – Regional Strategic Director at Turner & Townsend.

East Midlands Chamber - State of the Economy Conference 2016

Tomorrow at the iPro Stadium, Bondholder East Midlands Chamber will be holding their annual State of the Economy Conference. 

The conference will bring together business leaders across the East Midlands, focusing on the economic performance and prospects for the region.

Through a series of keynotes and expert panels, the conference examines the latest research and projections for the regional and national economy following the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

In addition to looking at ways uncertainty can be overcome, it will consider the key opportunities that exist for East Midlands businesses and the policy levers that will help support them being realised.

With an audience of business leaders from across the region, key speakers and panellists at the event will include Nicky Morgan - MP for Loughborough and Lilian Greenwood - MP for Nottingham South, who will offer a political perspective.

The economic landscape will be discussed by Patrick McGee - Chief Operating Officer at the British Business Bank, Ryan Bourne - Head of Public Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs, Emma Titmus – of Primary Markets at the London Stock Exchange Group, Jochen Schnadt - Chief Commercial Officer at bmi regional and Mark Williams - Business Development Director at Van Elle.

A second discussion group under the heading of Shaping a Great Future - Envisaging a Successful East Midlands Economy Post-Brexit, will include Garry Mowbray - Director of Finance at Bombardier Transportation, Nick Freeman – Assistant General Manager of Corporate Planning and External Affairs at Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK), John Bowater - Chief Finance Officer & Deputy Chief Executive at Aggregate Industries and Bill McElroy - UK MD Advisory at Turner & Townsend.

For more information, and to book your place, click here.