Ravi Taheem- Sourcing Director Rolling Stock UK at CAF – highlights from the Railbusinessdaily.com conference at RSN 2019

Ravi Taheem, Sourcing Director at Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF, took to the Railbusinessdaily.com conference stage to discuss CAF’s procurement policy in the UK.

Ravi gave an introduction into CAF Rolling Stock in the UK, delivering an overview of its current UK operations and localisation policy around direct and indirect goods and services.

He outlined the company’s history and structure and its global footprint. In the UK, he highlighted CAF’s recently opened Newport-based factory, which contains three assembly lines and five indoor test lines for Northern, West Midlands and Wales and Borders rolling stock.

He also explored CAF’s Rolling Stock UK localisation and its targets, which include mobilisation and development of the local supply chain, reducing total cost of ownership, and providing a local support network for whole of life requirements. He explained to local supply partners CAF’s requirements, which include transparency, ethical terms of trading and development of sustainable long term partnerships.

Ravi summarised by stating CAF will consolidate its UK presence, invest on an ongoing basis and promote a transparent, ethical and sustainable relationship. He stated the company is continuing to look to work with sustainable and aggressive partners.