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CAF moves forward on plans to build factory in Wales

Welsh officials have been updated on the progress of the building of a brand new factory by a Spanish construction company on one of Wales’ business parks.

Andrés Arizkorreta, chief executive of Spanish firm CAF recently met with Carwyn Jones, Welsh first minister, and Ken Skates, cabinet secretary for economy and transport, to update the government on the factory’s progress.

The Spanish firm confirmed last July that it would be building the state-of-the-art factory at the Celtic Business Park site in Newport, south Wales, which it says will create over 200 new jobs in the area.

Currently, the company has contracts to build around 300 trains and coaches for the UK market, including new Caledonian Sleeper, TransPennine Express, West Midlands Trains and Northern fleets.

CAF reportedly considered over 100 locations throughout the UK before choosing Celtic Business Park - a 100 acre industrial development on the site of the Llanwern steelworks, chosen for its road, rail and port links, as well as the availability of local engineering skills.

When it’s completed, the factory will be cover a 46,000 square-metre site, and will have the flexibility to build a range of different trains, including trams, suburban and inter-city metro trains and high speed trains.

Richard Garner, CAF’s UK director, said: “The factory will have the flexibility to allow us to respond to the exacting demands of both existing and new customers by providing the most complete offering of any rolling stock provider operating in the UK.”

The company plans to start recruiting workers for the factory this spring, including skilled technicians and engineers, management and support staff, and says it will be offering training and apprenticeship schemes from autumn.

It also reports that it plans to develop a “cluster” of local and national companies to supply components for its trains, which it says will boost the wider UK rail industry supply chain.

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Revolting Peasant   04/01/2018 at 12:32

This factory could construct the new fleet for the Sudbury - Marks Tey branch.

Dave Leicester   04/01/2018 at 12:39

I bet the 'Remainians' wont like this news

Rail Fan Enthusiast Enthusiast   04/01/2018 at 13:35

I am excited for the new fleet for the Marks Tey - Sudbury Branch being built on the CAF factory where the old Llanweren Steel Works used to be in Newport. Class 195s to replace the 153s as the rolling stocks

Mark Sudbury   04/01/2018 at 13:39

Well said Rail Fan Enthusiast Enthusiast!

Jimbo   04/01/2018 at 14:07

Three messages about the Marks Tey to Sudbury branch, which look suspisciously like all the same person (is that you Andrew?), and completely irrelevant to this news item. The Sudbury branch will use new FLIRT units from Stadler, not CAF. It will be interesting to see whether there are enough future train orders to keep this and all the other factories busy. There can't be that many more TOC's who will be buying new stock, so come the mid 2020's, there could be an excess of train building capacity again.

Andrew Gwilt   04/01/2018 at 14:34

Its some troll who is using my idea. And it’s becoming more & more stupid. Anyways. Good to see that CAF are building their new manufacturing facility near Newport in South Wales. That they will manufacture new rolling stock trains and possibly new London Underground tube stocks for the Bakerloo, Piccadilly, Central and Waterloo & City lines in the future.

Mikeb   04/01/2018 at 14:51

@Jimbo. I totally agree with what you are saying. We may very well find in the future that there could be half-a-dozen train builders with assembly plants in the UK, all vying for a limited number of orders fom TOCs. Building trains for export is unlikely to happen and the future of some companies will be bleak.

Simon Eames1990   04/01/2018 at 23:18

The next Wales franchise could order new trains from CAF as now it is in Newport. The Welsh Valley Lines is better off with electric stock instead of bi-modes and diesels. Grayling made a huge mistake by axing the wiring plans between Cardiff and Swansea just for GWR bi-mode and HS2. The South Wales Main Line does use local services, not just GWR to and from London.

Jake   04/01/2018 at 23:57

Have any of you ever stopped to consider that certain people may have learning difficulties or be on the autistic spectrum? Is liberally/over-zealously commenting on irrelevant articles about a certain branch line on the Suffolk/Essex border causing you or anyone any harm whatsoever? No. 'Trolling' of this nature is tantamount to bullying, I've seen students of mine have their lives ruined, resort to self-harming or even attempt suicide over comments like those above made by ignorant bullies who have no concept or appreciation that some of us are different. Shame on you all, you're supposed to be adults. Sort it out; and Editors if they won't then please do so yourself.

Paul   05/01/2018 at 01:27

@Jake. Whilst I fully appreciate the logic and reasoning behind your comments regarding autictis people etc., I can also fully understand the reason that these "asides" also appear. Whilst, as some people say, they may be harmless, AG's constant repetitive utterings over the same themes which contribute absolutely nothing to a professional Industry magazine are also extremely irritating. In a train spotters mag they are appropriate and relevant but in here they're not. Many Contributors have requested that the Moderators deal with this but nothing happens so a bit of humour amongst the madness is both understandable and acceptable.

Anonymous   05/01/2018 at 02:39

Anyone can make excuses for any reason or no reason at all. We all have our own debates, rants and arguments no matter what we put down on the comment box or try think of a relevant statement to put down. RTM does have terms & conditions just like other websites do have. It’s just what we feel if anyone comments.

Boris   05/01/2018 at 07:12

Not to mention that AG is known for cussing at genuine people who attempt to correct his comments and telling them to die. How are you suppposed to respond to that if no action is being taken by the site staff?

Jimmy Riddle   05/01/2018 at 09:47

AG has probably been told by countless well-meaning people that he is "special" and if other people don't like what he says or does, it's their problem, not his. Yet he has already stated that he knows how to comply with the rules when he has to and also has a job where he has to be respectful to customers. Is it really too much to expect him to conduct himself in a similar manner here? The moderators don't seem to give a toss. What AG is allowed to get away with here is unhelpful to him and frustrating for all other users of this forum.

Andrew Gwilt   05/01/2018 at 10:18

Blame everything on me. Throw it all at me then. Wow such sensitive people you lot are. Yh well I can get things right but mostly it backfires. So carry on blaiming me. I’d rather quit commenting on every article and go elsewhere to comment.

Jimmy Riddle   05/01/2018 at 11:02

Andrew, this is not a place for people to be "sensitive". It is supposed to be a forum for discussion of railway technology matters. People try to be understanding, but how do you expect them to react when you call them "trolls" and "morons" or tell them to "go away and die"? There are more appropriate places for the comments that you post. People have been trying to tell you this for a very long time.

PP   05/01/2018 at 12:27

Autism and learning difficulties can be used as an excuse for many things but it can never be used as an excuse for rudeness and abuse. Andrew has been told many times to stick to the point and post relevant comments, and every time he has responded with abuse. This is a forum for professionals and there's no excuse for his behaviour.

Lutz   06/01/2018 at 12:28

Is a figure of 200 staff sufficient to build a set of vehicles from scratch or would this be predominantly an assembly operation as far as new vehicles are concerned? If it is, as claimed, to support existing customers, presumably a good proportion of that 200 will not be dedicated to new vehicles. So what exactly is the intended MO for this site?

Andrew Gwilt   06/01/2018 at 22:41

Oh well. You caught me out.

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