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Spain’s CAF Beasain Orders Wheel Rolling Machine

March 17, 2006
Order goes to SMS Eumuco in Germany

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A. (CAF) of Beasain, Spain, has placed an order with SMS Eumuco GmbH, Leverkusen, Germany, for a DRAW 1350 wheel rolling machine. Railway wheels of all standard dimensions and wheels for other applications up to an outside diameter of around 1,350 mm can be rolled on the DRAW 1350, which is considered a standard machine for this purpose.

CAF is a systems supplier for complete locomotives and all types of rail cars and coaches, including multiple-unit trains for underground and suburban railway systems. It has several other ring rolling machines that were supplied by SMS Eumuco, and operates a complete manufacturing line for the production of railway and tram wheels.

The machine is scheduled to be delivered in July 2006, and production will commence five months later. When it is goes into production, the new unit will replace a 75-year-old machine. Adding the new machine is part of an extensive restructuring and renovation program that is expected to increase the company’s competitiveness in the market.

SMS Eumuco GmbH is a business unit of the Tube, Long Product and Forging Technology Business Area the SMS group.