Regional Victorian business to build bogies for high capacity metro trains

By August 16, 2017Media Releases

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Evolution Rail consortium member, CRRC, has awarded Victorian regional company Hofmann Engineering the contract to manufacture and supply more than 900 bogie frames for the Victorian government’s high capacity metro trains project.

After a competitive evaluation process, which included technical, commercial and local content considerations the bogie frames will be built using 87 per cent Victorian local content and will create 30 jobs for Hoffman Engineering in Bendigo.

“The Evolution Rail consortium – comprising Plenary, Downer and CRRC – is proud to be partnering with the State of Victoria on the HCMT project to build the new state-of-the-art fleet that will be among the best in the world,” Phillip Walker, Evolution Rail CEO said.

“The HCMT project is creating new opportunities for local businesses like Hofmann Engineering, creating jobs for the future and supporting the growth of a sustainable and globally competitive rail manufacturing industry.”

The HCMT fleet will be built with 60 per cent local content.

Evolution Rail is working with project partners and industry to support workforce development, local investment and local industry growth in Victoria that will help revitalise the rail manufacturing industry.

This includes a significant knowledge and technology transfer initiative that will drive innovation and support Victorian businesses to expand their operations locally and abroad.

Evolution Rail is also working with Melbourne-based company Civilex that has been contracted to deliver bulk earthworks, internal roads, and drainage at the Pakenham East Depot and Train Maintenance Facility that is being built to stable 30 of the trains. Heidelberg-based company, Andrew Engineering, will supply, install and commission the wheel lathe equipment for the Depot.

Businesses wanting to be a part of the HCMT project should visit Industry Capability Network website

Evolution Rail has been contracted by the Victorian Government, via a public private partnership, to deliver the HCMT Project.


For further information please contact:
Nataly Matijevic
Interface Manager, Evolution Rail
+61 412 646 656