L&T opens digital rail R&D centre in Toronto

  • November 8, 2022
  • William Payne

Engineering services company L&T Technology Services has opened an engineering research & development centre in Toronto to develop digital technology for transport, with a particular focus on the rail sector. The centre has been established in particular to develop digital technology for a major aviation and rail manufacturer, according to the company. Development work will focus around rail track defect detection, advanced mobility solutions, digital asset management, digital flyboard, sensors and communications systems.

The centre will work with LTTS’ Canada-based clients, developing digital products and also act as a nearshore site for North America-based customers on digital engineering programmes.

The new centre has plans to hire over 100 engineers in the next 18-24 months.

The centre was inaugurated by Mr. Amit Chadha, CEO and Managing Director of L&T Technology Services in the presence of Mr. Chris Pogue, CEO, Thales Canada, Mr. Ziad Rizk, COO of Ground Transportation Systems (GTS), Canada, Ms. Apoorva Srivastava, Consul General of India, The Hon. Victor Fedeli, Provincial Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade of Ontario, and Mr. Alind Saxena, Chief Sales Officer of LTTS.

Speaking on the occasion, Amit Chadha, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, L&T Technology Services said, “LTTS is recognised for being the engineering partner of choice for global leaders and developing new-age and sustainable technologies. Through this new ER&D centre, our customers in Canada and North America can leverage our cutting-edge technologies and digital products. LTTS is committed to building exciting opportunities in the Canadian business ecosystem, while strategically expanding its North American footprint.”

Ziad Rizk, Chief Operating Officer, Ground Transportation Systems (GTS), Canada said, “With the vision to invest in new-age digital technologies in the railway engineering sector, we are delighted to partner with an ER&D leader like LTTS in Canada. We have over a decade-long partnership with LTTS which is further strengthened with the inauguration of this ER&D Center. Through this partnership, we are confident of continued innovation and providing effective, safe and modern railway capabilities for our customers.”

The Hon. Victor Fedeli, Ontarios’ Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, said, “The City of Toronto is known to be the fastest growing city in North America due to its thriving technology ecosystem. We are delighted to welcome an industry leader like LTTS into our community and envision technological advancements and development of local talent through their ER&D centre. We look forward to LTTS’ participation in helping build economic value in the region, while supporting clients globally.”

His Excellency Mr. Manish, Acting High Commissioner of India to Canada, said, “The inauguration of this ER&D centre is a big step towards further strengthening the relations between the two countries and promoting the Canada-India economic corridor. With the dedication to deliver innovative solutions and services to the North American clientele with the use of local resources, LTTS is establishing a strong technological footprint here in the region that is expected to benefit local communities and businesses.”

Earlier this year, LTTS inaugurated an Engineering Design Centre in Toulouse (France) and an ER&D Centre in Krakow (Poland), as part of its strategic global business expansion plans.