Bombardier opens state-of-the-art Rotax engine test centre in Austria

Bombardier Recreational Products announces the opening of a new test centre at its Rotax® engine manufacturing plant in Gunskirchen, Austria. The state-of-the-art test centre, completed at a cost of $6,230,000 CDN (EUR 4,000,000), includes a new measurement facility and a new test stand where up to 35 employees will be working.

Along with new machines and techniques, the new facility is testimony to the continuous investment by Bombardier-Rotax in the development of new engine technologies. Foremost among these are the new engine families under the name 4-TEC™ (for four-stroke engine) and 2-TEC™ (for two-stroke electronic injection engine) that are meeting the challenges of increasing standards and demands. The new test centre will enhance, facilitate and promote advancements in these cleaner, more powerful and higher quality engines, such as the ROTAX V2 1004 4-TEC snowmobile engine, which has already gone into serial production.

"Innovation, quality and reliability have always been the strengths of Rotax engines. This new Test Centre is part of our initiative to develop a world-class production process to spearhead the development of our new generation of engines into the future," stated Dipl.-Ing. Harald Plöckinger, Managing Director of Bombardier-Rotax.

Highlights of the Measurement Centre include:

  • Provides measurement and test capabilities at the highest technical level in the industry;
  • Acts as a service centre for the development, assembly and production departments, while also providing services for Bombardier partners;
  • Central location within the company and joint use by various personnel increase the opportunities for creative and development synergies;
  • Offers new capability for training and instruction in measurement and for checking technology.

Highlights of the Test Stand Building include:

  • Designed for high performance engines up to 350hp;
  • Makes testing possible for complete engine units with original cooling system, exhaust system and drive shaft;
  • 24-hour and fully automated operation allows more timely completion of testing procedures;
  • State-of-the-art sound isolation technique permits quieter operation.

The new test centre is an integral part of the ongoing commitment to excellence in product development and manufacturing processes at Bombardier-Rotax. This commitment also includes adaptation of the work and organisational techniques, and the work time model (e.g. multi shift operation). In addition, the Rotax-Quality-Production-System (RQPS), now in its third year of implementation, makes these organisational changes even more effective. RQPS is a comprehensive quality program, which guarantees outstanding performance regarding safety, quality and productivity based on teamwork and personal responsibility. Human development and cost reduction are also key factors.

"Every single employee of Bombardier-Rotax plays an important role in advancing our technological leadership," Mr. Plöckinger emphasised, "and now their dedication is matched by the very best test centre available in the industry."

The new facility is part of the product development, modernisation and human development investments that have enabled Bombardier to maintain and extend its worldwide leadership in engine quality and technology.

Bombardier Recreational Products designs, develops, builds, distributes and markets utility vehicles, Rotax® engines, Ski-Doo® and Lynx® snowmobiles, Bombardier™ ATVs, Sea-Doo® watercraft and sport boats, Bombardier Fish Hawk™ fishing boats as well as Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard marine engines and Ficht® direct fuel injection technology.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 80,000 people in 24 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2002 stood at $21.6 billion Cdn. Bombardier trades on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

®,TM Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Further Information:
Elisabeth Gruber
Public Relations & Communications
Bombardier-ROTAX GmbH & Co. KG
07246 601 202