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Some Mafex members with projects un Australia

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Some Mafex members with projects un Australia


ArcelorMittal was the sole steel supplier for the first phase of Sydney Metro project, Australia’s largest public transport infrastructure project, which will transform the city of Sydney, being the first fully automated metro rail system in the country; as well as other projects around the country. ArcelorMittal was chosen for the Sydney Metro project as it is a worldwide reference, able to offer rails that combine excellent reliability and the highest quality, without forgetting other requirements such as safety, durability, cost efficiency, service and environmental-friendliness.


Alstom in Spain will supply to the city of Sidney the latest generation Citadis X05 trams. Alstom’s technology laboratories in Spain will also be responsible for developing and implementing signalling, security and passenger information systems. The State’s public transport authority, Transport for New South Wales, awarded in 2015 to the ALTRAC consortium (made up of Alstom, Transdev, Acciona and Capella) a contract for the new Sydney tramway line. Within this project, Astom in Spain will be in charge of the manufacturing of 30 coupled Citadis X05 trams, as well as the development of the security and signaling systems. The new 12-kilometer-long, 19-stop line will be commissioned in early 2019. With a population on the rise, the city of Sydney is facing road traffic congestion issues. The new light rail system will improve access to two major parts of the city: the Central Business District and the South Eastern suburbs. 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 Sydney will offer high-end comfort, including double- doors for improved access and passenger flows, large balcony style windows, multi-purpose areas and ambient LED lighting. It also offers the highest levels of customer safety including constant CCTV [4] monitoring, emergency intercoms and the latest way-finding aids for real time passenger information. The new Citadis X05 to be manufactured in Snata Perpetua (Barcelona) will integrate 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 Sydney will offer high-end comfort, including double-doors for improved access and passenger flows, large balcony style windows, multi-purpose areas and ambient LED lighting. It also offers the highest levels of customer safety including constant CCTV monitoring, emergency intercoms and the latest way-finding aids for real time passenger information.


CAF has become one of the leading suppliers of sustainable mobility solutions in Australia, thanks to its Urbos tramway platform. These accessible, high energy efficiency tram vehicles currently run in the city of Sydney. In addition, Canberra and Newcastle have also opted for the Urbos range of trams for their new fleets. On the one hand, the first contract of the company in the country took place in 2012. Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) then awarded the manufacture of Urbos trams for the Inner West Light Rail line in the city of Sidney. The units provide commercial service since 2014. On the other hand, CAF is member of the Canberra Metro Consortium entrusted with the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the new tram line for a term of 20 years. This line will be 12 kilometres long and have 13 stops to link the area of Gungahlin with the centre of the Australian capital. CAF is responsible for the supply and maintenance of the rolling stock, which is composed of 14 low-floor Urbos trams. CAF also signed in 2016 a new contract with TfNSW to supply 6 Urbos units for a new tram line in the city of Newcastle.


DANOBAT builds the world ́s most advanced automated train repair shop in Australia. The manufacturer of machine tools and production systems has supplied a fully automatic digital solution for the leading mining company BHP Billiton, which repairs a freight wagon every 28 minutes.The project, which is already operational, is located in a remote area some 1700 kilometres from the nearest town.

Comprehensive solution

The site of the workshop was chosen because of its proximity to the railway line. In addition to normal wear, the railway cars are exposed to extreme climatic conditions. This comprehensive solution was designed to repair trains for the transport of mine- rals from mining areas to port terminals, without any other human intervention than programming, maintenance and inspection. One of the main challenges facing the engineers and experts of DANOBAT was the need to develop a fully automated solution for the entry, disassembly, repair and reassembly of wagons in a time of 28 minutes. The contract between DANOBAT and BHP, which underwent several extensions since the start of the project in 2013, amounted to a total of more than 100 million Euros. The workshop is divided into four distinct areas, each equipped with its own facilities and automatic handling systems for maintenance work of the wagons, bogies and wheelsets.


Sydney Trains, the entity offering railway services in the city of Sydney and its area of influence, 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 is implementing 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 the state-of-the-art software for its operations and control. The multinational is replacing 11,400 analog cameras with IP cameras that are connected to the existing trunk communications network through a new network deployed in the stations. The new video surveillance system includes 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.


CETEST has recently worked in Australia. Safety against derailment test campaign for Metro Sydney, for ALSTOM, has just been completed. Thanks to CETEST’ s portable test rigs, this campaign was performed at ALSTOM’ s facilities, in India, where the units are being manufactured. Furthermore, CETEST has been awarded the complete on track test campaign for the validation of CAF Canberra tram, including comfort and ride dynamics, EMC and noise. In the past, CETEST was also involved in the on-track test campaign for the valida- tion of a series of CAF streetcars (LRV) for Inner West line of Sydney Light Rail.


The company has been selected to provide the Central Control System and Communi- cation System for the first fully-automated metro rail system in Australia, which opens in the first half of 2019 with a train every four minutes in the peak. Thales will deliver both systems to the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium (NRT) as a key supplier to NRT’s Systems Joint Venture. With an approximate value of €5.5 billion (AUD 8.3 billon), Sydney Metro Northwest is the first stage of Sydney Metro. The objective is to deliver a new standalone 36 km metro rail system for Sydney, including eight new railway stations, five existing stations upgraded and 4,000 commuter car parking spaces. The NSW Government has announced metro rail will be extended from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest, under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the CBD and southwest to Bankstown. As a world leader in transport solutions, Thales is bringing to Australia expertise gained from projects in some of the world’s most high-profile cities: London, Paris, Dubai and Hong Kong. The Central Control System will ensure seamless rail operations, including real-time control mechanisms and data for various diverse systems, while providing a ‘big picture’ holistic view of the entire network. The Communication System will connect the public address, the passenger information systems, the CCTV and digital information boards, to a centralized system allowing a fully integrated approach to information management. Thales helps urban transport operators in- crease capacity and offer new services that enhance the passenger experience and make public transport more attractive. Thales provides supervision to over 100 metro lines in 46 cities around the world.


TYPSA opened its Australian office in May 2016, establishing a wholly owned subsidiary through which it is actively working on the railway, ports and renewable energies market, with a close attention to the rest of the areas covered by the Group. The main work in which TYPSA has been working in Australia has been its participation on the D&C Sydney Metro City & Southwest Tunnel and Station Excavation Contract, as part of one of the two consortia which tendered for this huge 2.8 Bn AUD contract. The job includes a 15.5 km twin tunnel under Sydney Harbour and Sydney CBD, six new stations (some of them in caverns) and 57 cross-passages connecting both tubes. In spite of not being finally awarded the project, this job has allowed TYPSA find its place in the local market and prove our experience and knowledge in the design of tunnels through very complex geological ground conditions as it is the crossing of the Harbour. For this job, TYPSA had a highly experienced team on-site, working hand in hand with our local partners, showing the skills and strength of our teams.


CAF Power & Automation, supplier of the FREEDRIVE energy storage system for the Newcastle tram. CAF Power & Automation has been awarded with a new international project for a catenary-free tram. The Company will supply the POWER DC 750V, COSMOS traction equipment and the FREEDRIVE energy storage system (ESS) for 6 URBOS tram units in the Australian city of Newcastle. Transport for New South Wales and CAF signed an agreement last year for the delivery of the 6 URBOS units, which will add to the catenary-free trams that operate around the globe equipped with CAF Power & Automation’s energy storage systems. This is CAF Power’s third contract in Australia, with previous contracts won in 2016 for the supply of POWER DC 750 V and COSMOS control equipment for the 14 URBOS trams in Canberra, in addition to 12 URBOS trams in Sydney in 2013.

FREEDRIVE, One-Of-A-Kind in Australia

The strategic significance of this project lays in the uniqueness of this vehicle on the Australian continent, being the only one fitted with the energy accumulation FREEDRIVE technology. Our FREEDRIVE catenary-free operation system will provide the City of Newcastle with a reliable and comfortable means of transport that will in addition preserve the city’s current architecture. The Newcastle tram will run along a 2.7km route with 6 stops – from Wickman to Pacific Park – a new means of urban transport which is a constituent part of the general regeneration plan for the metropolitan area.

Energy Optimisation Systems: GREENTECH

Amid increasingly populated environments and growing pollution indices, today’s cities require less pollution with more environmentally-friendly and less invasive transport systems. Since its foundation, CAF Power & Automation has worked on on-board energy storage equipment to provide a solution to these current issues in cities. GREENTECH is the family of energy storage systems developed by CAF Power & Automation which has been implemented on trams already since 2010. The GREENTECH energy optimisation systems make use of state-of-the-art technology based on high-density Li-Ion batteries and high-powered ultra capacitors, or a combination of both, to achieve the energy and power rates required by trams.

GREENTECH Around the World

CAF Power & Automation has equipped GREENTECH technology on over 150 URBOS trams worldwide. Millions of people in cities such as Seville, Tallinn, Luxembourg or Kaohsiung currently enjoy the benefits of this cutting-edge technology in their daily commute. The last train born from the GREENTECH family will operate in the city of Birmingham.



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