Alstom in Spain

A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets the most complete range of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector.

Alstom manages entire transport systems, including trains, signalling, maintenance and modernisation, infrastructure and offers integrated solutions. Alstom had sales of €6.2 billion and booked €10 billion of orders in the fiscal year 2014/15. Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs around 32,000 people.

Alstom in Spain


- Employees: 2,000- Industrial and commercial presence of all Alstom activities: manufacture of rolling stock, signal laboratories, maintenance of fleets and infrastructure installations.
- 19 work centres 
- 1 industrial centre
- 4 technological innovation centres

Alstom Spain employs more than 2000 people at 19 work centres, making it the number two Spanish employer in the sector. The company has a rolling stock factory and develops R&D programmes, both for rolling stock and for railway signalling and safety projects. The technological laboratory located in Madrid has become a benchmark for signalling projects throughout the world.

The scope of Alstom’s industrial and innovation centres, as well as breadth of product offering, is the culmination of our commitment to the evolution of the Spanish railway sector. Alstom Spain has been a main player in the modernisation process of the Spanish railway industry for many years. We supplied the first high-speed trains in Spain over 20 years ago. Since then, Alstom has been a pioneer in all the major milestones of the Spanish railway sector: 

  1. The first high-speed train in Spain (Madrid-Seville, 1992).
  2. The first modern tram (Barcelona tram, 2003).
  3. The first driverless underground (L9 Barcelona, 2010).
  4. The signalling project for third rail (French border, 2012).
  5. The first latest-generation ERTMS 2 (Albacete-Alicante, 2013).
  6. The first Spanish high-speed train capable of crossing the border with France (2013).

Alstom Spain also has a clear vocation for international expansion and exports. 60% of its business is dedicated to exports, with worldwide centres of excellence for all of its business units.

  • Signalling - Railway signalling technology laboratories located in Madrid manage the group's tramway projects all over the world. They are also responsible for the overall development of passenger information systems and safety for all types of lines and trains. Among international projects, equal emphasis should also be placed on the development of ERTMS signalling systems.
  • Trains - The Santa Perpetua plant (Barcelona) has become a renowned centre for the export of trams, metros and suburban trains.
  • Infrastructure - Alstom Spain’s infrastructure unit is developing railway infrastructure projects the world over, in partnership with Spanish and/or local partners 

Alstom is also a strategic partner of major Spanish companies in their commitment to internationalisation, providing worldwide technical know-how, industrial capacity and an international structure. Alstom works with Spanish companies on international projects all over the world (Panama Metro with FCC, Guadalajara metro with OHL, Sydney tramway with Acciona, the Ottawa light railway with ACS, tramways in Algeria with Isolux and the Riad metro with FCC, etc.)  

With more than 2,000 employees in Spain, Alstom has been a major player in the modernization of the Spanish railway industry. Over 20 years ago, Alstom delivered the first high speed trains in Spain. Since then, Alstom has expanded its industrial and technological commitment in Spain with the creation of new industrial and technology centres, making it one of the largest employers in the sector in our country. It is also the only manufacturer and technology company with a local industrial and technological presence for all activities related to rail transport


In Barcelona, Alstom has one of the most advanced rolling stock production centres in Europe with the capacity to manufacture all types of trains, ranging from trams, metros, suburban units and long distance and high speed sets. The Alstom Industrial Centre in Santa Perpètua (Barcelona) has always been responsible for manufacturing Alstom's entire range of trains running in Spain. Trains providing a service on the Madrid-Seville high speed line have rolled out of these facilities in Barcelona, along with regional shuttles, half of the modern Civia suburban units, Barcelona's driverless metro and most trams running in the country.

In Barcelona, Alstom also has a Technology and R&D Centre, which develops "Passenger ergonomics and overall comfort" projects

  Infrastructure and systems:

The railway infrastructure unit provides customers with turnkey solutions and projects for the execution of work associated with railway lines: the installation of track, electrification systems, maintenance workshops, and electromechanical and tunnel safety systems, etc.

With a presence in Spain spanning over 13 years, the infrastructures unit is a leader in high speed substations for the Spanish market. It has participated in the construction of practically all substations for high speed lines in Spain. It has also installed electrification, traction, safety and civil protection systems in the Spanish railway network's longest tunnels - Guadarrama and Pajares.


Alstom Spain’s railway signalling and safety unit employs over 400 technicians and engineers who are dedicated to developing and implementing cutting edge signalling solutions for all types of railway infrastructure (high speed, regional, metro and trams). The Madrid-based technology laboratory manages innovative projects both for the Spanish market and for export.

Alstom's signalling teams in Spain have implemented unique projects in our country, such as the Chamartín interlocking (Adif's largest in Spain), the ERTMS signalling system (used for high speed trains) for suburban lines, the implementation of a third rail for use in the Mediterranean corridor and the application of the latest signalling technology with GSM-R communication (ERMTS2) for high speed trains, in a pioneering system in Spain.

The signalling division is carrying out numerous R&D projects and has signed a strategic partnership agreement with ADIF for the development of R&D+i projects at Adif's Railway Technology Centre (CTF) in Málaga.

•  Services unit

As pioneers in the integral maintenance and refurbishment of rolling stock, Alstom offers a range of customised services to public and private rail operating companies. The aim is to guarantee the optimised, safe and global management of rolling stock and other pieces of railway equipment throughout their life cycles, regardless if it is manufactured by Alstom or third parties, including maintenance, refurbishment, spare parts management, support and technical assistance.

Alstom in Spain - References


Worldwide demand for mobility is growing steadily, linked to demographic, urbanisation and economic development changes. Development of mobility, especially road traffic, already contributes to congestion, city air pollution and depletion of energy resources with a substantial impact on climate change.

In response, Alstom provides innovative and environmentally-friendly rail solutions to meet mobility needs through a socially responsible business model.

Our commitment to sustainable development is central to anticipating the new environmental and social challenges of mobility and to actively managing the risks and opportunities they entail. This is why sustainability is at the heart of Alstom’s strategy and is fully aligned with the Alstom Group’s social responsibility approach.

Alstom has set its priorities in terms of sustainable development:

  • innovating and further developing green solutions for high environmental performance in rolling-stock, smart railways systems and value-added services
  • integrating sustainability in our operations
  • strengthening the collaboration with customers, suppliers and partners on sustainability

As part of this commitment, Alstom Spain has joined the Spanish Group for Green Growth. The aim of this group, promoted by the Ministry for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, is to make progress towards a low-carbon economy. Alstom has signed the Barcelona Declaration together with another 29 Spanish companies committed to the environment, in a quest to promote the development of economic policies that create an adequate environment for giving a boost to the low-carbon economy as a driving force for economic growth and employment

CSR policy : central to Alstom’s strategy

A longstanding history of innovating and contributing to economic and industrial development in Spain.


  • Start of Alstom's railway industrial  activity in Spain with the acquisition of the century-old companies La Maquinista Terrestre y Marítima, S.A. (MTM), Aplicaciones Técnicas Industriales, S.A. (ATEINSA), and Mediterránea de Industrias del Ferrocarril, S.A. (MEINFESA), the company that had incorporated the railway activities of Material y Construcciones, S.A. (MACOSA).


  • Entry into service of Spain's first high-speed train, running at 300 km/h, on the Madrid-Seville line, manufactured by Alstom.


  • Inauguration of the Alstom industrial railway plant at Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Barcelona.


  • Creation of Alstom with its current image and logo, and consequently of Alstom Spain.


  • An Alstom-led consortium is awarded the contract for the first railway concession for the supply and operation of Barcelona's tram system (Trambaix).


  • Entry into service of the regional Lanzaderas, providing regional services at 250 km/h on high-speed lines 


  • From 2000 to 2004, 127 Alstom Citadis trams were contracted in the Spanish market for the cities of Barcelona, Tenerife and Madrid.
  • First contract in Spain for the Metropolis (Series 9000) trains, with automatic driving, for Barcelona Metro Line 9.


  • Alstom celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the old railway companies, La Maquinista Terrestre y Marítima, S.A. (MTM) and Material y Construcciones, S.A (Macosa), the origin of Alstom Spain's industrial presence
  • Installation and commissioning of ADIF's largest interlocking project at Chamartín station in Madrid.


  • Alstom and Renfe Operadora agree on the establishment of the company IRVIA MANTENIMIENTO FERROVIARIO, S.A. to provide train and railway installation maintenance services.
  • From 2003 to 2007, Renfe ordered 115 modular commuter trains (Civia) from Alstom.


  • Alstom creates the University Chair of Innovation in Railway Technologies and Clean Energies at Barcelona Polytechnic University (BarcelonaTECH).


  • The first driverless metro train enters into service on Barcelona Metro line 9.


  • From 1998 to 2012, Alstom supplied and commissioned more than 150 interlockings in Spain.
  • First section of signalling for third rail in Spain, connecting Iberian gauge lines to international lines at the French border.
  • Renfe Operadora incorporates into the Madrid commuter railway network the onboard ERTMS signalling technology developed by Alstom in Spain. It is the first time that a European commuter service has adopted ERTMS technology.
  • Alstom Spain and the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) create the University Chair of Innovation in Railway Infrastructures and Smart Grid Management.


  • First latest generation level 2 ERTMS installed in Spain, on the Albacete-Alicante high-speed line. It is the first high-speed contract with public-private partnership (PPP) funding in Spain.
  • Alstom inaugurates in Madrid an industrial centre specializing in the maintenance of railway components
  • First Spanish AVE train capable of running on the French railway network. The SNCF and RENFE railway operators chose Alstom very high-speed trains for the first high-speed line connecting the main cities of the two countries.
  • Adif and Alstom Spain sign an agreement for the technological development of a third rail signalling system. 


  • New corporate headquarters in Madrid for Alstom Spain.
  • Creation of two new technology laboratories for security and signalling.
  • December 19 - Alstom Shareholders Meeting authorises the sale of the Alstom Energy businesses to General Electric


  • Alstom finalises the sales of its energy activities and is entirely focused on Transport