Spanish Rail Company Announces New Welsh Manufacturing Site
Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), the Spanish train manufacturer has announced that it will generate up to 300 jobs by opening a train & tram manufacturing facility in Newport, South Wales.
The new £30m factory on the site of the former Llanwern steel works in Newport will be almost 500,000 sq/ft and is scheduled to open in 2018. The Welsh Assembly Government has provided grants in the region of £3m to entice the company to the region, which will construct a range of different trains, trams, metro trains and high speed trains.
Choosing the location from over 100 possible sites was reportedly down to the highly skilled local workforce from the steel industry, the good transport links to the South West and Midlands as well as the grant funding.
Secretary of state for Wales Alun Cairns said: "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."