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Spanish rail company CAF to open new Greater Manchester facility

Categories: Advanced Manufacturing

Spanish rail company CAF are opening a new facility in Greater Manchester as part of their expansion in the region, and are looking to recruit 85 technician roles across the North West.   

CAF is a leading manufacturer in the rail sector, producing rolling stock and providing a full maintenance and support services along with electrification and signaling solutions.

Selected by Northern and TransPennine Express to supply and maintain new rolling stock across routes in the North West with a £230m contract, CAF established its UK HQ which includes the company’s design engineering team at Manchester Airport’s Voyager Building.     

The latest facility is a 47,000 square foot site on Stockport’s Aurora development and is to be CAF’s Central Stores.

CAF’s continued investment in Greater Manchester is testament to their heritage in rail and the opportunities in the sector from HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail rolling out over the next 15 years delivering high speed connectivity between the regions, with requirements for infrastructure, rolling stock, digital rail and signalling.

Greater Manchester is also seen as the ideal location for transport related businesses looking to lightweight their vehicles to reduce Carbon emissions as highlighted by the UK’s Government’s High Potential Opportunities programme, citing globally renowned strengths in light alloys, composites, graphene and technical textiles.  

CAF’s recruitment programme is now underway and their expansion plans are ongoing with further space being taken within the City Region over the coming months. 

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