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CAF provides urban road and rail vehicles and services from one hand

The Spanish company CAF, based in the Basque city of Beasain, is increasingly focusing on all areas of urban passenger transport. In 2018, for example, it acquired the Polish bus manufacturer Solaris, thus complementing its range of metro, tram and light rail vehicles. In addition, it is active in the field of signalling and maintenance and is also a provider of turnkey solutions for urban transport. In the first half of 2020, although low due to the crisis, the order intake for Solaris buses of € 305 million, just exceeded that for urban rail vehicles of € 294 million.

CAF-Solaris buses ordered in the first half of 2020, broken down by market (left) and drive technology (right)

The order backlog is around four years, higher for railways and lower for buses due to much shorter delivery times. Orders for around 290 buses were received from six European countries; Stockholm ordered ten more Urbos trams, Amsterdam exercised an option for nine trams and Helsinki ordered five more 4-car metro trains, while Naples ordered four more 6-car metro trains.

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