A WA company is a step closer to manufacturing railcar components in WA after landing a five-year contract with the Victorian Government to build an essential part of the state’s new trains.
The Victorian Government awarded Hofmann Engineering a $26.2 million contract to build 882 bogie frames for the largest order of new trains in Victoria’s history, with works to be undertaken at the company’s Bendigo manufacturing yard.
Hofmann Engineering Managing Director Erich J Hofmann says the company’s win positions it well for future WA-based contracts.
The announcement was made last week.
“It should put us in a very good position as it proves that railcar bogies can be competitively manufactured by a West Australian company,” Hofmann says.
Premier Mark McGowan has previously pledged that $400 million would be spent on train manufacturing jobs in WA as part of Metronet.
The Victorian contract will mean work for 30 people over five years.
“The Victorian Government’s local content requirement has enabled Hofmann Engineering to competitively win the bogie supply contract,” Hofmann General Manager Bendigo Sam White says.
“We are working with CRRC who are presently the largest rolling stock manufacturer in the world.
"We have also been asked to quote/tender for other bogie work in light of this contract.”
Each bogie is 3.5m x 2.6m (Length) x 0.5m (height) and are the first to be manufactured in Victoria since the 1980s.
White says several key departments based in WA will be involved in the Victorian contract.
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