FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR RAIL INDUSTRY SUPPLY CHAIN

FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR RAIL INDUSTRY SUPPLY CHAIN

Posted on 29. Jul, 2010 in News

The fit-out of 19 new X’Trapolis trains at UGL Rail in Ballarat is creating new jobs for Victorian companies in the rail industry supply chain.

Inspecting progress on the works today, Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan said the project had so far created 135 jobs – 65 at UGL Rail in Ballarat, and 70 direct jobs through the supply chain.

“Victoria is the manufacturing hub of Australia and the X’Trapolis project highlights our commitment to ensuring local companies benefit from major government projects,” Ms Allan said.

“As a result of the project $75 million in orders are being placed with Victorian companies, representing around 24 per cent of the total value of the project.

“And with some contracts still to be awarded it is expected that the value of the contracts awarded to Victorian companies will only increase, creating more jobs for Victorians.

Victorian rail industry supply chain companies currently benefiting from the project include:

  • Austbreck – Hallam
  • Cablex – Bentleigh East
  • Calgraphics – Kilsyth
  • Glassform – Cheltenham
  • Sutclifee Engineering – Melton
  • Toolern – Hallam

 

Ms Allan said the work undertaken by UGL Rail included the fitting of electronics, interior, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, passenger information systems.

The completed trains are expected to commence services on the Melbourne metropolitan network in 2011.

Member for Ballarat East, Geoff Howard, said the assembly and fit out of the new trains builds on the success of previous manufacturing of X’trapolis trains at the Ballarat plant in 2003 and 2004, which saw the creation of 40 new jobs.

“This new train assembly project builds on the outstanding local success of previous programs in Ballarat and is a clear example of the Brumby Labor Government’s commitment to promoting job creation and economic growth in regional Victoria,” he said.

To view the Victorian Government Transport Plan, click here:- http://www.transport.vic.gov.au/web23/home.nsf

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