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Bombardier to take over ADtranz

It was announced on 4 August that DaimlerChrysler's rolling stock subsidiary ADtranz is to be sold to the Canadian Bombardier Inc for USD 725 million (subject to regulatory approval). ADtranz had already instituted a sale of fixed installations in order to stem mounting losses, but speculation that the German-American multi-national wished to leave the rail business had been rife.

ADtranz was wrestling with the problem of rationalising a multiplicity of low-floor tram designs (Eurotram, Variotram, GTN, Cobra, Incentro) while Bombardier has rolling stock factories in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and North America (where the latest success is an order for 22 cars for the planned Minneapolis-St Paul light rail system) with a similar variety of low-floor designs, including the new low-floor Cityrunner, and the Vienna/Croydon/Köln/Stockholm 70% low-floor design. Further rationalisation of designs and production capacity is expected.

5 August 2000

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