Markus Halder - Articles and news items
Innovation – a major sucess factor for future product developments within Bombardier Transportation Bogie Business Unit
Issue 3 2011 / 31 May 2011 /
Since the 1930s, the rolling stock industry lost its role as ‘technology and innovation driver’ which it held for a century from the 1830s to 1930s, to the aircraft and automotive industry. Today, the railway industry is perceived as a ‘technology follower’ rather than a ‘technology driver’.
In addition, a reduction of the prices for rolling stock can be observed since the mid-90s starting with the liberalisation of the operator and rolling stock builder’s market.
The expectation from our customers for further cost reductions cannot always be fulfilled with design to cost, production improvement and global sourcing activities.
Charles Wyss of Gotthard Access and ZEB Program Portfolio and Markus Halder of Swiss Federal Railways SBB discuss the long-term demand and future mobility requirements of its customers in both the passenger and freight sectors.