Pictures of Newport’s new train factory, which will create upwards of 300 jobs building trams and trains in the area, have been released.
The new plant, which is being constructed at the 100-acre Celtic Business Park in Llanwern for Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), was announced in July last year.
The Spanish manufacturer chose the location due to its strong roads, rail and port links, as well as the availability of local highly skilled engineers.
CEO for Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), Andrés Arizkorreta, met with Wales’ First Minister, Carwyn Jones, as well as Cabinet Secretary, Ken Skates, to update the Government on progress for the construction of the brand-new factory.
The Spanish outfit is building up to 300 trains and coaches for UK markets, including the new Caledonian Sleeper, TransPennine Express, West Midlands Trains, and Northern fleets.
The company has said that the factory is "perfectly timed as CAF continues to strengthen its position as a manufacturer of choice for the UK rail industry".
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 factory will be over 46,000 square metres in size, allowing CAF the flexibility to build a range of different trains, including trams, suburban and inter-city metro trains, and high-speed trains.
So far, 3,500 precast concrete piles have been installed in order to support the structure and over 10,800m3 of excavated material has already been reused on the site.
CAF have enlisted the help of landowner and developer St Modwen and main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland to build the factory.
Rupert Joseland, property director St Modwen in Wales, said: “Celtic Business Park is an important strategic site for both St Modwen and for Newport and we have ambitious plans to attract significant inward investment for the local area, with the potential to create hundreds of local jobs in the next 10 years.
“Securing the new CAF facility for the site is a testament to this ambition.”
Bowmer & Kirkland director, Robert Kirkland, said: “We are delighted to be working for CAF and St Modwen on this development which is bringing inward investment to Newport and the surrounding area.
“This will be an important manufacturing site and we are honoured to be part of its development.”
Recruitment for the factory is set to begin in spring, with training and apprenticeship schemes starting in the second half of 2018.
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