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Astra Rail Industries' roots go back to 1882. Over a period of more than 130 years, around one million freight wagons have rolled off the production lines of our current Astra Rail manufacturing locations.

The Arad factory, with a covered area of 150,000 square metres, opened in 1891. This site initially concentrated on manufacturing freight wagons and passenger carriages as well as engines. The rolling stock manufactured in Arad was exported to more than 35 countries all over the world.

The next significant raising of production capacities took place later, in 1973, the year which saw the construction of the Caracal site. With a covered area of 114,000 square metres, Astra Rail's Caracal factory is one of the largest freight wagon manufacturing facilities in the world.

Following the fresh political start in Romania in 1990, Astra Rail changed hands and strategy several times.

In 2012, the German investor Thomas Manns acquired the shares in Astra Rail. This acquisition heralded a new era for the traditional company, aligned to the objective of developing on a sustainable and stable basis geared to the long term.


ARAD factory

The original Astra Vagoane factory was established in 1891. During its history reaching back for more than one hundred years, the company concentrated on building railcars, freight wagons, rail carriages and locomotives.




ARI Severin, formerly Meva, was founded in Turnu Severin in 1882. The company, which can look back on a tradition of more than than 126 years, has made a name for itself in the railway industry. Meva has belonged to Astra Rail Industries (ARI) since July 2012.



CARACAL factory

ARI Caracal (formerly Romvag) was founded in 1973 and was one of the world's largest manufacturers and exporters of freight wagons. Up until 1990, the company focused mainly on the eastern European market.