The Spanish train manufacturer CAF has taken over the production facility for regional trains in Reichshoffen, Alsace, which Alstom sold on Monday.
Train manufacturer Alstom has sold its Alsatian plant in Reichshoffen to its Spanish competitor CAF and the rights to two series of regional trains, one French and one German, the two companies announced on Monday. This transaction, which also includes the sale of French regional rail platforms Coradia Polyvalent and Germany’s Talent3, was Alstom’s latest commitment to the European Commission to give the green light to its acquisition of Bombardier Transport, which was completed in January 2021, for a total of 75 million, according to CAF Euro.
The Spanish group, already present in France in Bagnères-de-Bigorre (Hautes-Pyrénées), will integrate in Reichshoffen more than 700 employees in engineering, purchasing, project management, manufacturing and administration, includingthe proven experience (…) will allow the manufacture of a wide range of vehicles“.”In addition, due to its strategic location, (the location) is also suitable for addressing customers from other European markets.‘ CAF said in a press release. “With this acquisition, CAF intends to consolidate its position as the second largest railway manufacturer in France“, where it already has to supply intercity trains and, with Alstom, the future RER B trains, underlined the Spanish Basque group.
According to CAF, the Coradia Polyvalent, a regional train called Regiolis by SNCF, represents a market worth around 500 million euros. In particular, it will equip the CDG Express, a high-speed link under construction between Roissy Airport and Paris, and serve as the basis for the development of the first French hydrogen train. In Germany, the agreement concerns the transfer of intellectual property to the Talent3 platform and the integration of a team of German engineers into CAF. “This will strengthen CAF’s design and certification capabilities in the German and Central European market‘ the Spanish manufacturer rejoiced.
Reichshoffen and the Coradia Polyvalent come from Alstom’s historic perimeter, while the Talent3 was produced by Bombardier Transport at its plant in Henningsdorf near Berlin. “Alstom will continue to honor its commitments related to existing orders for Talent3 and will work in consortium with CAF to fulfill existing contracts for the delivery of rolling stock from the Reichshoffen site.‘ the French group said in a separate press release. Also as part of its commitments to the European Commission to buy Bombardier Transport, on July 1st Alstom sold Bombardier Transport’s stake in its Japanese competitor Hitachi Rail in the V300 Zefiro high-speed train, better known in Italy as Bombardier Transport Frecciarossa 1000.
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