Alstom (formerly GEC-Alsthom) is a large French multinational conglomerate whose businesses are power generation, railway signalling and manufacturing trains (e.g. the TGV, Eurostar, Adelante as well as Citadis trams). According to the company website, in the years 2006/07 Alstom had annual sales of over €14 billion, and employed more than 69,000 people in over 70 countries. Its headquarters are located in Levallois-Perret, near Paris.
Some of the world's largest ships (e.g. Normandie and the Queen Mary 2) were also designed by Alstom, a division that was sold in 2006.
It was formed in 1988 from the heavy engineering interests of Britain's GEC and Compagnie Générale d'Electricité's Alsthom division as GEC Alsthom. In 1991 GEC adopted the name Alcatel Alsthom and in 1998 this became simply Alcatel. In 1989 the company acquired the railway interests of Metro Cammell, and maintained train production at its Birmingham plant until 2005. Today Alstom's heavy rail interests in the UK are limited to various maintenance facilities up and down the railway network.
Alstom has a transport division "Alstom Distribution Services" for moving the large turbines and transformers required in power stations. They have 2 FaunGoliath 8x8 300 ton ballasted tractors. This division has the Unipower tractors built for the Army Tank transport fleet contract. These highly modified machines are usually matched to a Custom Cometto ultra heavy load Girder bridge frame Trailer, on multi axle boogies 7 + 7 pulled via a draw bar.
- FaunGoliath 8x8 300 ton fitted with Cummins 456 hp engine.
- Unipower MH8875 8x8 Ballast tractor with 750 hp Cummins QSK 19 ltr engine driving through a Allinson 6-speed box and Kessler 2-speed transfer box.
- High, Wide & HEAVY by David Lee pub 2005 by Roundoak publishing.