Mafex members present in projets in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia


Alstom to deliver to Sidney Citadis X05, the latest evolution of its tram range

The ALTRAC consortium [1], of which Alstom is part, will build the new tram line in Sydney, awarded by the Transportation authority of New South Wales.

Globally, Alstom is responsible for the integrated tramway system which includes the design, delivery and commissioning of 30 coupled Citadis X05 trams, power supply equipment (including APS –ground power supply- over two kilometers), signalling systems, the energy recovery system HESOP, depot equipment and maintenance.

The commissioning of the new line, 12 kilometers long and 19 stops, is scheduled for early 2019. It will go through the Central Business District and South East Light Rail and will be a vital element of the public transport system in Sydney, helping to decongest the traffic.

In this project, Alstom Spain, through its technological laboratories located in Madrid, is responsible for the development of security systems and signalling. Trams, also, will be manufactured in the industrial center of Santa Perpetua de Mogoda, in Barcelona.

Citadis X05 integrates new technologies such as permanent magnet motors to reduce energy consumption and easier sub-system integration and maintenance to decrease lifecycle costs. Citadis X05 for Sidney will offer high-end comfort, including double-doors for improved access and passenger flows, large balcony style windows, multi-purpose areas and ambient LED lightning. It also offers the highest levels of customer safety including constant CCTV [2] monitoring, emergency intercoms and the latest way-finding aids for real time passenger information.

El tranvía Citadis X05 de última generación integra nuevas tecnologías, como los motores de imanes permanentes, para reducir el consumo de energía. Además, se ha facilitado la integración y el mantenimiento de los subsistemas para reducir el coste del ciclo de vida. El Citadis X05 de Sídney ofrecerá un alto nivel de confort, con puertas dobles que facilitan el acceso y movimiento de pasajeros, ventanas de mayor tamaño, zonas de uso múltiple, y luces de ambiente LED. Incorpora también los mayores niveles de seguridad para el viajero, con sistema videovigilancia CCTV y las últimas tecnologías de información al pasajero en tiempo real.


CAF has become one of the leading suppliers of urban transport solutions in Australia. The company is the preferred bidder for the Canberra tram project. Specifically, CAF will supply 14 low-floor Urbos units for the new light rail line to be built in this city.

The new vehicles are 100% low-floor and are composed of 5 modules, with 4 doors on each side. These trams combine modern aesthetics with cutting-edge technology and maximum accessibility, with no compromise on comfort, performance and ease of operation and maintenance.

This line will be 12 kilometre long with 13 stops, providing a corridor between the area of Gungahlin and the centre of the Australian capital. First vehicles are scheduled for delivery in late 2017. CAF is one of the consortium members of Canberra Metro Consortium, along with Pacific Partnerships, John Holland, Mitsubishi Corporation, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments, CPB Contractors, Deutsche Bahn International and the Bank of Tokio-Mitsubishi UFJ. This consortium is entrusted with the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the new light rail line for term of 20 years. In the event of execution of the project second stage by ACT (Australian Capital Territory) with the extension of the line to the Russell area, trams will be equipped with the energy storage system developed by CAF, world leader in this technology, for catenary-free running between stops.

This is not the first project of CAF in Australia. The company has supplied 12 Urbos units currently in operation in the city of Sydney. This is a 5-module tram, with the best accessibility rating that can be offered in this type of vehicle.

Both projects confirm the growing confidence of the Australian urban transport authorities in CAF.


DANOBATGROUP, signed major contracts with two renowned world leaders in the mining industry located in Australia, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

 The first contract is for the supply of a turnkey workshop for maintenance and repair of bogies and wheelsets of railway wagons; while the second is for an automatic line for maintenance of wheelsets. Both are for wagons for transport between a mine and port. The two contracts total 90 million Euro, a historical record in the order portfolio of DANOBATGROUP, which foresees excellent prospects for the coming years. These contracts result from focussing on sectoral specialisation, something DANOBATGROUP has been committed to in recent years; not only that, but also to offering added value that is not merely limited to machines, but includes major engineering for the design, integration and commissioning of these facilities.

Project features

These projects provide an answer to growing demand for automatic plants to perform maintenance on mining trains, usually located near the mining site in remote areas which therefore have a shortage of nearby labour. Disassembly, repair, reassembly and final inspection of all components must be performed fully automatically on these installations.

The need to integrate – in one case 28 units and in the other 22 – robotic handling devices and a computer system for full control of the entire line turn these workshops in the most advanced facilities in the world for maintenance of train components: the bogie and wheelset.


Currently, CETEST is participating in the approval of new cars for Metro Singapore for the North East Line (NEL) and the Circular Line (CCL). These cars are manufactured at the plant of Alstom in Shanghai. Specifically, CETEST is participating in tests for the characterization of the rotational resistance to rotation between the bogie and the box. With this contract, CETEST strengthens its presence in the Asia-Pacific market. CETEST has also done work in Australia in the past year. It has been in charge for the dynamic testing of new trams for the city of Sydney. Through such evidence it is determined that the tram is roadworthy from the point of view of traffic safety.


Control centre and ticketing for the Light Rail Transit and Monorail of Kuala Lumpur

Prasarana (Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad), the public company responsible for the modernization of the public transport system in Malaysia and the operator of different lines in the country, has entrusted Indra with the design, development and commissioning of a new integrated control centre for the Monorail, Ampang and Kelana Jaya lines of the Light Rail Transit of Kuala Lumpur. The project shall integrate all transport lines operated by Prasarana in the new control centre, adding the remaining contracts for the MRT lines (Mass Rapid Transit), the KTM Komuter railway line and other future transport systems for the country. Such an ambitious and innovating project consolidates Indra as Prasarana’s technological partner. Indra has already implemented ticketing and access control systems for this company in its Monorail and Light Rail Transit lines in Kuala Lumpur, after becoming the winning bidder of both contracts in 2011 and 2012.

Smart video surveillance technology in the Sydney Rail Network

Sydney Trains, the entity offering railway services in the city of Sydney and its area of influence, has awarded Indra a contract to modernize the railway network video surveillance system, using state-of-the-art technology, in Australia’s largest, most populated urban center. Indra will implement its technology in the two control centers for managing the entire video surveillance system using closed-circuit television (CCTV) in a network of over 150 commuter stations, and will install state-of-the-art software for its operations and control. The multinational will replace the current 11,400 analog cameras with IP cameras that will be connected to the existing trunk communications network through a new network to be deployed in the stations. Indra will also supply the servers and storage devices for recording images during the period stipulated by the client. The new video surveillance system will include all of the advantages of IP (Internet Protocol) technology, given that by connecting directly to the cameras of the Sydney Trains computer network, any user station may operate as a control console for visualizing the images of any camera in real time and for recovering video recordings. Mobile devices connected to the network may also access video. Likewise, any tablet or cellphone may become a mobile console with which patrolling security employees may view images, thereby increasing their effectiveness


IDOM is present in Malaysia since 2011 in the city of Johor Bahru, near Singapore, where it developed and supervised the largest steelworks project in Asia. It consists of a cold rolling mill with a total capacity of 180,000 tons/year. In later phases, further enlargement of cold rolling, hot rolling and steelworks will begin production. The final project is an integrated plant with capacity of 1 million tons/year of steel and 600.00 tons/year of cold rolling mill, incorporating the latest technologies.

IDOM has likewise participated in some of the Metro infrastructures that are being implemented in the cities of Southeast Asia, such as Metro Ho Chi Minh (recognized as the best Spanish engineering project in 2015), line 3 of Metro Hanoi, and urban transport in Vientiane (Laos), which will enhance the economic and sustainable growth in the region.

In the same geographical area, IDOM develops other water infrastructure projects (Laos, Philippines, Indonesia, ..), which allow the company to increase awareness of the region and its regulations.


Siemens Railway Technologies in Singapore Downtown Line 

In 2008, the Singapore transport authority (Land Transport Authority – LTA) awarded Siemens Rail Automation (former Invensys Rail)  the contract for supply, installation and commissioning of the Trainguard Sirius CBTC (Communications-Based Train Control) system, state-of-the-art electronic interlocking Westrace MK2, ATS (Automatic Train Supervision) Controlguide Rail 9000 system and associated signaling for the Downtown Line.

In September 2011, the Spanish Siemens Rail Automation Division started trials on a Testing Track in the Chinese city of Changchun. Signaling and PSD (Platform Screen Doors) system tests started in September, 2012, then dynamic tests “test running” were carried out, and afterwards the customer started the first phase non-commercial operation tests in the Downtown Line.

Commercial operation of the first section began in 2014 and, in 2015, Siemens commissioned signaling of the second section and one depot. When the entire line is commissioned in 2017, this line will be 42 kilometers long and it will have 34 stations and two depots, and it will completely automatically transport over half a million passengers daily.

Key factors for success of this Siemens project in this country are mainly a close tracking of the work plan, an ideal management of requirements and settings, a good combination of “on-site” and offshore works and also the support from the customer, LTA, and good relations with it.