CAF’s £32m production factory to be built in Newport
- New factory will employ 300 highly-skilled engineers.
- Newport location chosen due to its transport links and the availability of local engineers.
- The factory is located where Llanwern Steelworks once stood.
CAF, international railway supplier, analysed in excess of 100 possible sites in the United Kingdom for their new production factory. CAF say Newport was chosen because of its links to roads, rail and ports, as well as the availability of local people with engineering skills.
The future CAF plant will be situated on a plot of 46,000 m2. With a workforce expected to amount to as many as 300, this new plant is designed to produce all manner of rail vehicles, performing vehicle assembly and finishing activities as well as all the tests required before commissioning. The plant is also expected to have a significant effect on local suppliers, creating additional indirect employment.
The plant will enable the company to tackle new contracts awarded in the United Kingdom, a country in which the company expects to contribute to railway development in the years to come, as well as maintenance and train servicing activities. The plant is expected to be operating by mid-2018.
CAF identified the UK as currently one of the most active and competitive railway markets on the continent where, over the years, railway franchise renewal processes are envisaged, and CAF plans to be a player in them.