HomeBusinessCAF acquires Alstom factory and two train models

CAF acquires Alstom factory and two train models


Spanish train manufacturer CAF has announced that it has completed its acquisition of the Alstom site at Reichshoffen in Alsace, France, the Coradia Polyvalent platform, as well as the intellectual property related to the Talent 3 platform that is currently built at the Alstom plant in Hennigsdorf.

This sale satisfies one of the conditions made by the European Union for its acceptance of Alstom’s takeover of Bombardier in January 2021. Agreement of the sale to CAF was announced in November of that year and it was completed on 1 August 2022.

Over 700 people work at the Reichshoffen facility with roles in engineering, sourcing and supply chain, project management, manufacturing and administration. The site’s strategic location makes it ideally placed for delivering trains to customers in several European markets.

The Coradia Polyvalent family includes this model, built for Senegal.

The Coradia Polyvalent platform is capable of reaching regional speeds of up to 160km/h using electric or bimodal traction. It will provide CAF with a project portfolio worth approximately €500 million.

The agreement also includes the intellectual property of the former-Bombardier Talent 3 platform and the transfer of a team of German engineers.

Battery-powered Talent 3 train.

A CAF spokesperson said: “The main appeal of these assets lies in the strengthening of CAF in the French market, adding local operational capabilities to those already existing at the Bagnères-de-Bigorre site in France. With this acquisition, CAF intends to continue its consolidation as the second railway industrial manufacturer in France and at the same time boosts its activities in the German and central European markets.”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Imprisoned for obstructing the railways

A recent court case has illustrated how serious the crime of obstructing the railway is considered to be. Thirty-six-year-old Stephen Harrell, of Springfield Street, Wigan,...

The work to get rid of waving

For many of us, flagging down a train as you would a bus would seem a little odd. But for some, those who use around...

Newts get moved in industry-first special licence

A highly protected species, much of what happens on a construction site can be stopped or changed when great crested newts are discovered. Ecologists need...
- Advertisement -

More news

Network Rail signs major deal with EDF Renewables for green energy

Network Rail has made a significant step towards greener non-traction power. Signing a deal with EDF Renewables UK means that solar power – equivalent...

Disruption expected during next ASLEF strike

Passengers are being warned to expect severe disruption to train services during the next strike by ASLEF drivers, scheduled for Saturday 13 August. Train drivers...

National Railway Museum loans oldest surviving Midland Railway locomotive to Barrow Hill

Midland Railway locomotive 158A has been transported to Barrow Hill roundhouse from Locomotion in Shildon, where the engine had been receiving conservation work and...