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Spanish train manufacturer creates 300 Welsh jobs

Spanish train manufacturer CAF has announced plans to create 300 jobs at a new factory in Newport.

By Jon Francis | Published: 13th July 2017 Business

Trains and trams for the UK network will be built.

The company has previously supplied trains to the UK from its factories in Spain and looked at more than 100 locations throughout the UK before choosing its Newport location due to is transport links and access to a pool of highly skilled workers.

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.

“We must continue to be ambitious for Wales, and to make this country an attractive destination for investors. CAF is the latest major company to invest in Wales and is yet another strong endorsement of the skills-base and the business environment we are cultivating here. We are very much open for business and I look forward to seeing the new facility taking shape over the coming years.”

Richard Garner, CAF’s UK Director said:

“CAF is responding to demands made by its customers who are asking for British trains, manufactured by British workers using British based suppliers.”