Bombardier plans to hire 50-60 engineers

Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS) Poland, Katowice-headquartered company operating in Polish and international railway markets, announced to develop its technology by hiring additional 50-60 engineers this year.

© Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS) Poland; the site in Katowice
© Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS) Poland; the site in Katowice

In February 2011, Bombardier Transportation acquired the remaining 60% of the shares in the Katowice joint venture Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS) Polska Sp. z o.o, from Polish State Railways (PKP S.A.) and became the sole owner of the company. The purchase price for the shares amounted to PLN 150 million. After the takeover, the company decided to expand its activities to other countries of the Central and Eastern Europe’s region – Ukraine, Belarus, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The increase in employment is connected with the planned expansion both in Poland and abroad. The new engineers will be involved in improving Bombardier’s products. The firm plans to hire even more engineers in the years to come. To prepare the skilled workforce, the company wants to co-operate with Polish technology universities.

The R&D plant in Katowice is responsible for designing and manufacturing rail traffic control systems, which are used by industrial stations, many railway, metro and tram transportation companies. The portfolio includes rail traffic management, control and supervision centers, ERTMS/ETCS train control systems, level crossing systems, wayside systems and equipment. The site has been providing signaling solutions since 1926.

Previously, the ZWUS company (“Zakład Wytwórczy Urządzeń Sygnalizacyjnych”, Sygnaling Systems Manufacturing Plant) was owned by LM Ericsson (1932), ABB Zwus Signal (1991), ABB Daimler-Benz Transportations (1996) and Daimler Chrysler Rail Systems Zwus (1999). Bombardier Transportation (ZWUS) Poland was established in 2001 is located at 12 Modelarska St. in Katowice.

Bombardier Transportation Poland has also a site in Warsaw (rail engineering). Moreover, the company is present in Łódź (service) and Wrocław (carbodies manufacturing).

Bombardier is a global transportation company with 76 production and engineering sites in 25 countries, and a worldwide network of service centers. It operates two industry-leading businesses: rail transportation and aerospace. Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company hires about 70 000 people worldwide. In the fiscal year ended on 31st of December 2011, Bombardier posted revenues of USD 18,3 billion.