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The Lille region, birthplace of the automated metro, will manage Siemens’ entire light automated vehicle (VAL) section

07 May 2012 | Investment, Mobility

Siemens chooses Lille/Châtillon Center of Competence for worldwide VAL and Néoval automated metro business

A pioneer and leader in driverless metros, Siemens’ Center of Competence for automated metros has long been a major source of R&D activity in Lille and the Paris region. Now the German engineering giant is consolidating worldwide VAL automated metro business at its Center of Competence in Lille and Châtillon. The move follows restructuring at its Metro, Coaches and Light Rail (MCL) Business Unit, which is part of Siemens’ Rail Systems Division.

The French unit will develop the section’s product offering around the world. Its responsibilities, which extend through maintenance of installed lines, will include commercialization, project management, and qualifying and commissioning systems using VAL and its successor technology, Néoval.

Worldwide, there are already nine fully automated metro lines in operation, from the very first system in Lille to the subways of Chicago and Taipei, and more recently the Turin metro.

A testament to the region’s solid reputation in rail and research, the move by Siemens should be a long-term source of new jobs and new investments for Northern France.

Sources : siemens

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