14 July 2017

New train factory planned for Newport

The Spanish manufacturer has previously built trams for Birmingham and Edinburgh. Credit: CAF

Spanish train manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) plans to open a new factory at the former Llanwern steelworks site in Newport.

The new 46,000 square metre factory will build trains and trams for the UK network.

It will employ 200 people when it opens in the autumn of 2018, but eventually rise to 300 in 2019.

CAF plans to start recruiting people to work at the factory in spring 2018 and will be offering training and apprenticeship schemes from autumn 2018.

The company has previously supplied trains to the UK from its factories in Spain and looked at more than 100 locations throughout the UK. Newport was chosen due to is transport links and access to highly skilled workers.

Richard Garner, CAF’s UK director, said: “CAF is responding to demands made by its customers who are asking for British trains, manufactured by British workers using British based suppliers.”

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns added: “The announcement of this new manufacturing facility is fantastic news for Newport and will be welcomed by everyone who wants to see a thriving Welsh manufacturing sector. It means up to 300 new skilled jobs created at the plant, the potential for thousands of jobs secured in the supply chain and the start of a new chapter for this important manufacturing site in South Wales.

“We must continue to be ambitious for Wales, and to make this country an attractive destination for investors. CAF is the latest major company to invest in Wales and is yet another strong endorsement of the skills-base and the business environment we are cultivating here. We are very much open for business and I look forward to seeing the new facility taking shape over the coming years.”

Adam Offord

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