Bombardier's Derby site wins accolade

Bombardier Transportation has named its UK train-making plant in Derby as the best-performing of all its 45 production sites in 22 countries worldwide during 2008.

The performance was identified under the Bombardier Operations System (BOS) as "providing competitive operational excellence, bringing economic advantages to Bombardier's customers".

The BOS process provides all sites with a common operations system, combining  result-proven methods and tools used by Bombardier over the many years of manufacturing experience. It is based on five principles that guide working practice within Bombardier: -
• Built-in Quality (delivering and producing items without defects)
• Short Lead Time (right part, right place, right time)
• People Involvement (employees contribute to the creation of world-class products)
• Standardisation
• Continuous Improvement

Bombardier Derby is building Class 378 electric multiple units (EMUs) for London Overground as well as Class 172 diesel trains - characterised by their light weight and low emissions - for London Midland, Chiltern Railways and London Overground. Last month it was shortlisted by the Department for Transport for a contract to build 200 DMU vehicles for fleets operated by the First Great Western, Trans-Pennine Express and Northern rail franchises.

Commenting on these results, Colin Walton, chairman of Bombardier Transportation UK, said: "Our highly skilled, motivated and professional team at Derby are using BOS principles everyday to ensure we deliver the reliability, quality and train performance that our customers demand. We intend to stay highly competitive not only as the top performer in Bombardier's 45 production sites across the world, but as the number one and the only manufacturer of trains in the UK."

Bombardier Transportation is the railway division of Canadian group Bombardier. It has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany, with a presence in over 60 countries and an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

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