HUBER+SUHNER and Bombardier lead the way with connected mobility solutions

Written by 

Alfonso Perez

Market manager

The requirements of today’s rail industry include high levels of safety, reliability, energy efficiency and comfort. Over the past 50 years, HUBER+SUHNER has ensured it has remained a global leader in meeting these demands with cable systems and application-specific connectivity solutions for the construction of modern railway vehicles and infrastructure.

Its extensive experience in Radio Frequency (RF), Fiber Optics and Low Frequency (LF) and innovative technologies helped ensure that HUBER+SUHNER was chosen as the preferred partner (A supplier) by Bombardier Transportation, a leading manufacturer of trains, who was looking for innovative and high-performance products on competitive terms.


After more than 20 years of successful collaboration and experiencing first-hand HUBER+SUHNER’s extensive knowledge of cables and its highly regarded reputation in the rail industry, Bombardier Transportation named HUBER+SUHNER as A-supplier for its cable requirements. With this accolade, HUBER+SUHNER will continue to provide its innovative solutions to Bombardier Transportations current train platforms but will also remain the preferred supplier for new platforms in the future.

“HUBER+SUHNER has always remained a market leader, with its innovative products and knowledge confirming its market position as a leading international cable provider for railway technology. HUBER+SUHNER’s reputation in the industry and the ongoing support and commitment it provides, coupled with its innovative high-performance products on competitive terms, has been invaluable to Bombardier Transportation.”

- Gregory Devriese, Global Commodity Manager – Electrical Wiring Interconnectivity System at Bombardier Transportation


Maintaining the seamless partnership

HUBER+SUHNER currently supplies cables, jumpers and antennas to Bombardier Transportation. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to developing solutions that address the specific requirements of each customer, HUBER+SUHNER’s comprehensive range of products have been specially tailored to the needs of Bombardier Transportation.

To date, more than 20 Bombardier Transportation train types are equipped as standard with power, control and databus cables from HUBER+SUHNER, including the MOVIA metros for Delhi as well as the INNOVIA Monorail for São Paulo.

Over the years, the long-term collaboration between HUBER+SUHNER and Bombardier Transportation has continued to develop and strengthen, and together they have pushed the limits of railway technology.

HUBER+SUHNER has extensive expertise and experience in cables and cable systems and has proven this throughout its partnership with Bombardier Transportation. When Bombardier Transportation India needed a 60kg weight requirement as part of the jumper design, HUBER+SUHNER understood the customer’s needs and developed the MRVC2 jumper – an innovative cable design that included a steel rope within the composite cable.

HUBER+SUHNER designed the inter-vehicle jumper solutions to overcome major space constraints between vehicles as part of the Deep Tube Underground Project (DTUP), when HUBER+SUHNER was selected as technical partner of choice for the project. The Swiss company worked closely with electrical engineers in Western Europe and system engineers in Bombardier Transportation Rail Control Solutions (signalling) to provide a fiber backbone for Automatic Train Control. Extensive testing was carried out by HUBER+SUHNER to prove the solution.

Innovative solutions for the future of rail

As HUBER+SUHNER reaches its 50th anniversary, both companies are looking to the future of the innovative collaboration that has led to over 20 years of success. Bombardier intends to equip existing and new rolling stock throughout the world with RADOX® EN and GKW cables. In the future, it intends that the majority of cables in Bombardier Transportation manufactured trains and metro carriages will be based on HUBER+SUHNER connectivity solutions.

As passenger comfort and entertainment remain key drivers in increasing rail attractiveness, the worlds of communication and railway will continue to be brought together. Expanding on its strategic collaboration, Bombardier Transportation and HUBER+SUHNER will draw on their long-term experience and develop solutions for the future together. From the integration of fiber optic, low frequency and wireless solutions in rolling stock to the improvement of the value chain, the global technology leaders will drive forward innovations together.

HUBER+SUHNER is already revolutionising the rail industry with its ground-breaking RADOX® cabling, SENCITY® rail multi antennas and inter-vehicle gigabit jumper systems. RADOX® - the benchmark for railway cables – has been designed to meet the increasing demands of today’s transport industry. The innovative portfolio which includes RF and fiber optic cables, meet the stringent industry standards and has formed the basis of the Bombardier Transportation partnership for many years, alongside its other complimentary products.

“Over the last two decades we have seen many technological advances within the rail industry and worked with Bombardier Transportation on some exciting and innovative projects, pushing rail technology to its limits. HUBER+SUHNER is looking forward to expanding on its extensive partnership and supplying Bombardier Transportation with the solutions it requires to remain the front runner of the industry for years to come.”

-  Dene Tydeman, Global Key Account Manager Bombardier at HUBER+SUHNER