Spanish rolling stock manufacturer plans to create 300 jobs at facility near Newport

 

CAF is building trains for Northern Rail

 

Spanish manufacturer CAF has announced that it is to start building trains at a new factory in South Wales.

The company plans to create 300 jobs at the factory near Newport, where it will build trains and trams for the UK. It has previously supplied trains from its factories in Spain.

The new facility will be over 46,000 square metres in size and will employ 200 people when it opens in autumn 2018, rising to 300 by 2019. It is being designed so that CAF can build a range of different trains, including diesel multiple units, electric multiple units, trams and high speed trains.

CAF, which this year celebrates its centenary, has been targeting the UK rail sector in recent years. It has supplied the trams for Edinburgh and the West Midlands, and currently has contracts to build some 300 trains and carriages for Northern, TransPennine Express and the Caledonian Sleeper service.

Today’s announcement is a major coup for Wales and a big vote of confidence in Wales’ manufacturing industry.

“The establishment of this facility will serve CAF’s long-term aspirations to be a major player in the UK market for many years to come,” commented Richard Garner, CAF’s UK director.

Welcoming the news, the first minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said: “Today’s announcement is a major coup for Wales and a big vote of confidence in Wales’ manufacturing industry.”

 

This article appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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