New VIA Rail fleet by Siemens MobilityClick image to enlarge

Siemens Mobility has been awarded a $989 million contract to replace the VIA Rail Canada fleet that operates in the 2200-km Quebec City-Windsor Corridor.

Siemens will build 32 trainsets for the corridor, which carried more than 4.5 million passengers in 2018, an increase of more than 30 per cent in four years as reported by the Financial Post.

VIA Rail says that its trains are currently some of the oldest still operating in North America, some dating back to the 1950s, and that most cars are nearing the end of their life. Because VIA will retire part of its fleet starting next year, on-time delivery was a critical part of the contract award.

The new trains will begin delivery in 2021 and enter service in 2022. key improvements will include LED lighting, USB ports, wide seats, quiet zones, improved accessibility, enhanced safety features, more efficient bi-directional operation and fuel-efficient Charger diesel-electric locomotives.

The trainsets will be manufactured in the Siemens Mobility North American manufacturing centre in Sacramento, California, with Canadian content of more than 20 per cent in supplies and service. The new equipment is expected to have a 30-year life cycle. Maintenance will be supported by a 15 year Technical Services and Spares Supply Agreement (TSSSA) valued at $23.7 million per year.

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Canadian auto suppliers get opportunity at Magna

Canadian automotive suppliers will have an opportunity to present their capabilities to Magna International on June 24 during the Canadian Innovation Fair at Magna's Troy, MI, facility.

Interested suppliers were asked to submit their applications earlier in June and were contacted by APMA if they had been selected.

The Consulate General of Canada in partnership with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) are being given an opportunity to showcase Canadian automotive capabilities at Magna's US facility. Canadian suppliers who apply for the opportunity, will be given the chance to meet with the company's purchasing and engineering managers.

Magna says it's interested in learning about new products, processes, materials or other innovations in the following areas: connected car (e.g. software, advanced camera vision); powertrain (e.g. alternate propulsion technologies); lightweighting (e.g. laser welded blanks, joining technologies); interior and seating systems; testing/production/material handling; and safety systems.

For more information, visit APMA online.

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