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CAF acquires Alstom factory and two train models

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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.”

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