We are pleased to announce the signing of a contract with Bombardier Transport for the supply of mechanical parts for the Transnet locomotive project. Bombardier Transport is a global leader in rail technology and Bombardier South Africa has been awarded the contract to build 240 electric TRAXX Africa locomotives.
The order is part of the largest locomotive supply project in South Africa’s history, with overall orders for 599 electric and 465 diesel locomotives from four different suppliers. Transnet Freight Rail will use the 240 TRAXX Africa dual-voltage electric locomotives for its general freight business.
Laser Junction will supply over 540 different parts ranging from simple brackets to large, complex welded assemblies, with parts manufactured from a various materials including stainless steel, aluminum and carbon steel. Delivery of parts commenced in Q4 2015 and the project is expected to last 3 years.
It is anticipated that the project will result in the direct creation of +40 new jobs at Laser Junction with many sub-suppliers also set to benefit from the growth in business.
This is the second blue chip customer that Laser Junction has secured in the rail industry, following the signing of the Purchasing Contract with Gibela Transport for the PRASA project – the manufacture of 600 new passenger trains over the next 10 years.