After more than 20 years of successful collaboration, Bombardier Transportation has named HUBER+SUHNER as A-supplier for its cable requirements. Bombardier intends to equip existing and new rolling stock throughout the world predominantly with RADOX® EN and GKW cables. In the future, the majority of cables in trains and metro carriages manufactured by Bombardier will be based on HUBER+SUHNER connectivity solutions.

Bombardier Transportation and HUBER+SUHNER signed a five-year agreement. As a result, HUBER+SUHNER will become the preferred cable supplier of the railway technology leader. In the future, the majority of Bombardier’s cable orders for global production are to be awarded to HUBER+SUHNER.

The agreement represents a further milestone in the good collaboration between the two companies and guarantees the leading market position of HUBER+SUHNER over the coming five years.

Ahead of international competition
Aiming to standardise products in order to reduce costs, risks and time to market, Bombardier is seeking to limit the number of suppliers. In an international selection procedure, HUBER+SUHNER won the contract as preferred global cable supplier. HUBER+SUHNER provided the best overall package – innovative and high-performance products on competitive terms, an ambitious growth plan and a high level of commitment. This frame agreement is an important achievement for the success of both companies.

Planning security and growth potential
The two companies signed their first long-term supply contract in 2009.

“The new agreement confirms our market position as a leading international cable provider for railway technology,” explains Patrick Riederer, Head of the Low Frequency division at HUBER+SUHNER. “Bombardier Transportation will install HUBER+SUHNER cables in the majority of new types of rolling stock and also use them in existing fleets.”

To date, more than 20 Bombardier train types are equipped as standard with power, control and databus cables from HUBER+SUHNER, including the MOVIA metros for Delhi, the INNOVIA Monorail for São Paulo and the TWINDEXX Swiss Express operated by SBB. Supplies to Europe are made from the cable plant in Switzerland. Bombardier’s Asian projects are served by HUBER+SUHNER’s Chinese production facilities.

Innovative solutions for the future
The partnership agreement is far more than just a supply contract. The agreement seals the future for strategic collaboration between Bombardier Transportation and HUBER+SUHNER. As technology leaders, they can benefit from their long-term experience and develop solutions for the future together. From the integration of fiber optic, low frequency and wireless solutions in rolling stock to the improvement of the value chain, both companies want to drive forward innovations together.