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Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), S.A.
Type Public (BMADCAF)
Founded 1917 (Compañía Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)
Headquarters Spain Beasain, Spain
Key people Jose María Baztarrica Garijo, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Industry Manufacturing
Products Design, manufacture, maintenance and supply of equipment and components for railway systems
Revenue € 680.798 million (2005)
Employees 2,000

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) is a rail equipment manufacturer based in Beasain in the Basque Country, Spain. Equipment manufactured by 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.

CAF has supplied railway rolling stock to a number of major urban transit operators around Europe, the USA, South America, East Asia and North Africa.



Madrid Metro new unit built by CAF.

The name CAF is the acronym for Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, although in the beginning it stood for Compañía Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles.

MTR A-Stock EMU built by CAF and Adtranz.

Fábrica de Hierros San Martín

In 1860 Domingo Goitia, Martín Usabiaga and José Francisco Arana established this company, whose main activity was puddling furnaces and cylinder rolling.

La Maquinista Guipuzcoana

In 1892 Francisco de Goitia (Domingo Goitia's son and heir) joined the Marquis 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.

Since 1898 it sets up its plan in Beasain, Gipuzkoa.

In 1905 it changed its name to Fábrica de Vagones de Beasain (FVB).

Compañía Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF)

Compañía Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) is founded in 1917, specializing in freight car production and with a total of 1,600 employees.

In 1940 the Irun factory is set up, following the expansion of activity after the Spanish Civil War (CAF took part in reconstructing the Spanish rail fleet).

In 1954 CAF took control over Material Móvil y Construcciones (MMC) from Zaragoza (Aragon), a company with extensive experience in manufacturing long-distance and subway trains.

Since 1958 the company modernized, extended the plant in Beasain and expanded its activity to all kinds of rolling stock. In line with this, CAF created in 1969 its Research and Development Unit, which increased the company's competitiveness and intensified the focus on self-developed technology.

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF, S.A.)

In 1971 the existing Compañía Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) merged with Material Móvil y Construcciones (MMC) and the company adopts its current name Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles.

Rolling stock

In Europe, CAF have been contracted to supply coaches and DVTs for Iarnród Éireann and the train sets for the high speed rail line between Istanbul and Ankara in Turkey. In February 2004, RENFE placed orders for 45 CAF/Alstom 25 kV AC/ 3kV DC, variable gauge EMUs for 250 km/h regional services, between October 2006 and May 2009 (€580 million).

CAF has manufactured rail cars for the Washington Metro, Port Authority Transit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Sacramento Regional Transit. In 2005, CAF also obtained a 30-year concession to supply rolling stock, build and operate the Ferrocarril Suburbano de la Zona Metropolitana de México in the Mexican Federal District. The company has also supplied rolling stock to the Hong Kong MTR and for the Algiers Metro.

CAF also manufactures vehicles for light rail/tramway systems, such as the trams for the Bilbao EuskoTran system in their home territory of the Basque Country. Currently in production are 27 vehicles for the new Edinburgh Trams system in Scotland.[1]

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