Alstom, the world leader in smart and sustainable mobility and the largest manufacturer and exporter of the Polish railway industry, has installed an aluminum welding line at its wagon yard in Wroclaw. This investment is in line with the company's sustainable mobility strategy and trends in the development of the rail industry, replacing heavier and more difficult-to-machine steel with, in many respects, lighter and more efficient aluminum. For example, high strength-to-weight ratio and corrosion resistance.
The new aluminum welding line will create at least 100 new jobs at Alstom's Wroclaw plant and is linked to investments of around 10 million Euros, including new equipment and machinery, upgrading of plant infrastructure and employee training. As a result, the investment will allow the Alstom plant in Wroclaw to take on new projects and produce aluminum cans for regional trains for European markets.
At the same time, thanks to this investment, the competencies of employees from various departments of the factory will be developed. The implementation of the new technology in Wroclaw is actively supported by Chorzow-based Alstom Konstal, which for many years has specialized in aluminum welding and has successfully produced complete vehicles for foreign carriers: POP regional trains for Italy's Trenitalia or ICNG trains for the Netherlands.
Alstom is at the forefront of aluminum welding technology in rolling stock production in Poland and will continue to develop and expand this technology, which is more efficient and environmentally friendly than conventional steel. Aluminum has many advantages over stainless steel in train construction. Aluminum guarantees lower weight trains, which contributes to less energy being used to power the train and therefore lower CO2 emissions. At the same time, the reduced weight of the wagon means train speeds can be higher even on existing rail tracks,” said Slawomir Cyza, Alstom's President and Managing Director in Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic States.