On Tuesday 12th April the Spanish Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Golden Award event at the Spanish Embassy.

The Annual Golden Award is one of our most important corporate events of the year which identifies a Spanish company with a presence in the UK whose performance in the previous year has been outstanding. This year CAF will receive this recognition for their remarkable achievements over the course of 2017.  Mr. Andrés Arizkorreta, President of the company, will be present at the event to receive the award.


With over 100 years since its establishment, CAF has been operating in the UK since 1994 when it won the contract to manufacture Heathrow Express trains. Since then they have worked on large scale projects such as the diesel trains for the NIR and the tram networks in Edinburgh and Birmingham. The firm is currently working with Arriva, First Group, Serco and West Midland Trains for the provision and maintenance of new trains that will operate on various routes covering the north of the country.

Last year CAF acquired the prestigious British engineering firm BWB Consulting, which has enabled them to establish their presence in the UK as a trusted provider within the transport sector. They are currently building a new factory in Newport (Wales) which will begin operations later this year.

CAF is a multinational firm which manufactures trains and conducts feasibility studies, civil works, electrification, signalising and maintenance and system operations. The company boasts a workforce of 8,500 people across their main factories in Beasáin, Zaragoza Irún, Castejón and Linares; as well as others in the USA, Mexico, Brazil, France and the UK.

In addition, CAF’s sales reached 1,447 million euros in 2017 and they achieved a net profit of 42.5 million euros. Moreover, the firm has undertaken projects in over 35 countries including providing metro units in Washington, Rome, Mexico City, Bucharest and Sao Paulo; as well as trams in Belgrade, Edinburgh, Nantes, Sydney and Stockholm. They have also fabricated diesel and commuter trains in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the USA and high speed trains in Turkey and Norway.

Finally, in Spain CAF is one of the most prominent providers within the Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Españoles (RENFE), providing metro units, trams and the latest innovative trains to cities including Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Vitoria, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and Granada.

We would like to thank our Patron Ibérica Restaurants and our Benefactor Estrella Galicia for kindly providing the ibérico ham and the beer that will be enjoyed during the ceremony.

This event is exclusively for members of the Spanish Chamber. For further information about this award and to find out more about the activities that we organise for Chamber members, we encourage you to visit the UPCOMING EVENTS section of our website and our WordPress blog.

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