The orders acquired in 2008 came to EUR 963,569 thousand and refl ect an increase of EUR 141,241 thousand compared with the final figure for 2007 (EUR 822,328 thousand).

The value of the backlog at 31 December 2008 came to EUR 1,526,383 thousand compared with EUR 1,389,818 thousand for the prior year.

The most significant events of 2008 referring to the Signalling Business Unit are outlined below: