Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles
Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (Grupo CAF, literally "Construction & Other Railway Services") is a Spanish publicly listed company which manufactures railway vehicles and equipment and buses through its Solaris Bus & Coach subsidiary. It is based in Beasain, Basque Autonomous Community. Equipment manufactured by Grupo CAF includes light rail vehicles, rapid transit trains, railroad cars and locomotives, as well as variable gauge axles that can be fitted on any existing truck or bogie.
|Founded||1917 (Compañía Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)|
Number of locations
|11 factories, including: Beasain (Basque Country)|
Irún (Basque Country)
Elmira, New York (US)
|Jose María Baztarrica Garijo, Andrés Arizkorreta (Chief Executive Officer and Chairman)|
|Products||Design, manufacture, maintenance and supply of equipment and components for railway systems|
|Revenue||€ 1,45 billion (2014|
|€ 146 million EBITDA (2014)|
|€ 62 million (2014)|
|Owner||Public; Employees via Cartera Social S.A. (30%); Guipúzcoa Donostia Kutxa (23%)|
Number of employees
|11,433 (december 2018 inc. subsidiaries)|
Over the 20 years from the early 1990s, CAF benefited from the rail investment boom in its home market in Spain to become a world player with a broad technical capability, able to manufacture almost any type of rail vehicle. CAF has supplied railway rolling stock to a number of major urban transit operators around Europe, the US, South America, East Asia, India, Australia and North Africa.
CAF was an acronym for the earlier name of Compañía Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, as well as for Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles.
Fábrica de Hierros San MartínEdit
In 1860 Domingo Goitia, Martín Usabiaga and José Francisco Arana established this company, whose main activity was puddling furnaces and cylinder rolling.
La Maquinista GuipuzcoanaEdit
In 1892 Francisco de Goitia (Domingo Goitia's son and heir) joined the Marquess of Urquijo to set up La Maquinista Guipuzcoana, whose main activity was the operation of machinery and the forging and construction of railway rolling stock.
Compañía Auxiliar de FerrocarrilesEdit
Compañía Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) was founded in 1917, specializing in freight car production and with a total of 1,600 employees.
In 1940 the Irun factory was set up, following the expansion of activity after the Spanish Civil War (CAF took part in reconstructing the Spanish rail fleet).
Since 1958 the company has modernized and enlarged its Beasain plant and expanded its activity to include all kinds of rolling stock. In line with this, in 1969 CAF created its Research and Development Unit, which increased the company's competitiveness and intensified the focus on in-house technology.
Construcciones y Auxiliar de FerrocarrilesEdit
In 1971 the existing Compañía Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) merged with Material Móvil y Construcciones (MMC) and the company adopted its current name Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles.
CAF U.S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of CAF, was incorporated in 1998 and is based in Elmira, New York. It manufactures rolling stock for the North American market at a plant in Elmira that the company acquired from ADtranz in 2000. The company from Beasain continued its expansion during the third millennium.
On 24 May 2019, it announced the acquisition of the Swedish company Euromaint at a cost of circa €80 million, following other international contracts to supply Flemish and English railway and underground networks in 2017.
CAF Rolling Stock U.K. Ltd. is the CAF subsidiary in the United Kingdom. Its factory is based at Celtic Springs Business Park, at Llanwern steelworks near Newport, Wales as a result of an agreement made between CAF and the Welsh Government. The Newport factory will build stock for Transport for Wales, Northern, the Docklands Light Railway, and potentially High Speed 2 if CAF win the bid process.
In 2019, it has entered into litigation that affects its corporate image. Participating in a consortium, JNET, together with the Israeli company Shapir Engineering and Industry, has won a tender promoted by the Israeli occupation authorities to build and extend light rail lines and supply railway equipment from Jerusalem to nearby settlements, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. In turn, Shapir is a company that is on the list of companies that benefit from the occupation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, as denounced by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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EMU and DMUEdit
- Class 598
- IZBAN E22000
- Class 440
- Class 444
- Class 446/447
- IE 29000 Class
- AM class EMU, Auckland
- SAR Push-Pull Train
- VR Class Sm4
- DMU Class 61
- EMU Class 71
- EMU Class 81
For other operators:
- Class 300
- Class 1000
- Class 2000
- Class 3000
- Class 5000
- Class 6000
- Class 8000
- Class 8400
- Class 1000
- Class 2000
- Class 3000
- Class 4000
- Class 5000
- Class 6000
- Class S/2100
- Class S/300
- Urbos 1 (Tranvía de Bilbao)
- Urbos 2 (Tranvía de Vélez-Málaga, Tranvía de Vitoria and Metro de Sevilla).
- Urbos 3 (Metrocentro de Sevilla, Tranvía de Zaragoza, Metropolitano de Granada, Metro de Málaga and Tranvía Metropolitano de la Bahía de Cádiz).
Outside Spain: trainsEdit
- Algeria: DMUs
- Argentina: 9 articulated units for Tren de la Costa
- Brazil: CPTM EMUs and São Paulo Metrô
- Hungary: MÁV vagon
- Italy: DMUs for Sardinia
- Netherlands: Sprinter New Generation for the Nederlandse Spoorwegen.
- Portugal: EMUs (UQE´S) for Lisboa
- UK: British Rail Class 331 (Northern Trains)
- UK: British Rail Class 332 in partnership with Siemens (Heathrow Express)
- UK: British Rail Class 333 in partnership with Siemens (Arriva Trains Northern)
- UK: Northern Ireland Railways Class 3000 and Class 4000
- UK: British Rail Class 397 (TransPennine Express)
Newport factory, South Wales, UKEdit
CAF Rolling Stock U.K. Ltd announced in 2017 its UK factory location was selected as Celtic Business Park at Llanwern steelworks in Newport, Wales. It has at least five confirmed UK projects from 2019 onwards and will be the site for their bid to design stock for High Speed 2. The site was funded with support from the Welsh Government Inward Investment Programme.
- UK: CAF Oaris (Prospective bid for HS2)
- UK: British Rail Class 195 (Northern Trains)
- UK: British Rail Class 196 (West Midlands Trains)
- UK: British Rail Class 197 (Transport for Wales)
Outside Spain: metros and tramsEdit
- Algeria: Algiers Metro
- Argentina: Buenos Aires Underground 5000 and 6000 series; Tren de la Costa
- Australia: Canberra, Newcastle and Sydney light rail.
- Belgium: Brussels Metro M6 Series
- Brazil: São Paulo Metro
- Brazil: Cuiabá tram
- Brazil: Recife Metro
- Chile: Santiago Metro
- Colombia: Medellín Metro
- Estonia: Tallinn tram
- Finland: Helsinki Metro, M300 series
- France: Nantes Tramway
- France: Besançon Tramway
- Germany: Freiburg tram
- Hong Kong: MTR, MTR Adtranz-CAF EMU
- Hungary: Debrecen public transport
- Hungary: Budapest public transport
- India: Delhi Airport Metro Express
- Indonesia: Greater Jakarta LRT
- Italy: Rome Metro
- Italy: Naples Metro
- Luxembourg: fr:Tramway de Luxembourg Urbos 3
- Mexico: Mexico City Metro (NE-92, NM-02, FE-07, FE-10, NE-16)
- Mexico: Mexico City suburban rail
- Mexico: Toluca–Mexico City commuter rail (under construction)
- Netherlands: S3 and M4 units of the Amsterdam Metro and from 2018 the Uithof tram line in Utrecht
- Norway: Oslo trams, delivery from 2022
- Philippines: Manila LRT Line 1
- Romania: Bucharest Metro Line M2
- Serbia: Belgrade Tram
- Sweden: Stockholm Tram
- Taiwan: Kaohsiung Tram
- Turkey: Antray(Antalya LRT)
- Turkey: Istanbul metro
- UK: CAF DLR replacement programme (Docklands Light Railway, TfL)
- UK: New West Midlands Metro vehicles
- UK: Edinburgh Trams
- US: Light Rail of Sacramento, California Class 200
- US: Pittsburgh Light Rail, Pennsylvania Class 4300
- US: Washington Metro, 5000-Series
- US: METRORail, (Houston, TX)
- US: Kansas City Streetcar
- US: Cincinnati Streetcar
- US: MBTA Green Line Type 9 LRV (On order, to be delivered 2017–2019)
- US: MTA Maryland Purple Line (On order)
- Venezuela: Caracas Metro
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- Arrived from Spain this morning
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- HEx clones for Leeds triangle Modern Railways issue 595 April 1998 page 213
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- CAF project page on Debrecen
- CAF project page on Budapest
- CAF project page on Oslo
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- Official website (in Spanish and English)