The company operates plants in Québec, Austria, Iceland, Belgium, France, the UK, Finland, Mexico, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland and the US. In January 1999 it had annual sales of $11.6 billion, assets of $14.2 billion and over 53 000 employees. Its major shareholder, Les entreprises de J. Armand Bombardier Limitée, owns 63% of the company. More than 80% of revenues come from markets outside Canada.
Bombardier was successful in August 1986 in taking over CANADAIR LTD, the troubled aircraft company, for $120 million. In April 1990 Bombardier acquired the bankrupt Lear Jet Corp, and then took over half of DE HAVILLAND in March 1992 acquiring the remainder in 1997. These assets were amalgamated in a new aerospace division and Bombardier is now the third-largest manufacturer of civil aircraft (after Boeing and Airbus) in the world and the leading manufacturer of regional aircraft. Aircraft in production include the Canadair Regional Jet and the Dash 8, Global Express, Canadair SE, Challenger 604, Continental, a number of Learjets, and the amphibious fire-fighting aircraft the Canadair 415. The company has moved heavily into the rail car and bus manufacturing business and was responsible for manufacturing the shuttle trains for the Euro Channel Tunnel.
Author DEBORAH C. SAWYER
Links to Other Sites
The official website for Bombardier, a world-leading Canadian manufacturer of innovative transportation systems, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment. Click on "About Us" and then "History" for an interactive timeline depicting company history.
A profile of Armand Bombardier from the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame.
J. Armand Bombardier Museum
This multimedia online museum features a detailed biography of J A Bombardier and explores the history of the snowmobile industry in Canada.
Watch the Heritage Minute about Joseph-Armand Bombardier from the Historica-Dominion Institute. See also related online learning resources.
The online home of TMX Group, which owns and operates the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange. For real-time and historical market data, sector profiles, and financial information about listed companies, click on listed company directory on left side of page or enter stock symbol in the search box.
System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval
Search the SEDAR online database for disclosure documents of Canadian public companies and mutual funds. From the Canadian Securities Administrators.
Canadian Air & Space Museum
The website for the Canadian Air & Space Museum showcases the vintage and replica aircraft in their collection. Learn about the history of the Tiger Moth, the Canadair CT-114 Tutor, the Avro Arrow, and other Canadian aircraft.
The "Aviation Today" website features the latest news in the international aviation industry. Also features a searchable archive of previous articles.
Bombardier unveils "greenest" passenger jet
A 2008 news storie about the official launching of Bombardier's CSeries family of fuel-efficient jets. From the canada.com website.
Competing in the Twenty-First Century: Our Challenges
This 1996 speech delivered by Laurent Beaudoin, former head of Bombardier Inc., provides a snapshot of Canada's aerospace industry at the time. From the website for the Empire Club of Toronto.
Beaudoin hands off to his son
A 2008 news article about the passing of the leadership of Bombardier Inc. from Laurent Beaudoin to his son Pierre Beaudoin. From the canada.com website.
TTC picks Bombardier
A news story about the selection of Montreal-based Bombardier for Toronto's billion-dolllar streetcar contract. From thestar.com.
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Designed by Bombardier
An illustrated description of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch designed by Bombardier. From the Bombardier website.
Search the Reuters website for the latest news and reports about specific Canadian companies and business sectors.
Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations
This site highlights events and programs offered by the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations. See also "hand signals", "ice thickness chart", and related saftey information.
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