ALSTOM has inaugurated its new €15m bogie centre in Astana, Kazakhstan, to produce and maintain bogies for all types of railway vehicles throughout their entire life.

The new bogie centre covers an area of more than 8,000m2 and will employ more than 100 people.

“The bogie centre combines original equipment manufacturer knowledge and technology with product innovations,” Alstom says.

The Astana centre will be able to overhaul bogie subcomponents such as wheelset and dampers, and conduct 3D measuring and non-destructive inspection, and carry out wheelset and traction motor testing. The facility can also maintain non-Alstom railway components.

“This state-of-the-art facility has been established as a result of Alstom’s industrialisation development in Kazakhstan,” says Mr Kanat Alpysbayev, Alstom’s managing director for western and central Asia. “Our bogie centre will play a crucial role in providing full maintenance for Alstom freight and passenger locomotives over a 25-year period.”