Spanish rail vehicle manufacturer CAF has been awarded two contracts for the development, manufacture and delivery of 80 four-car regional trains (320 rail cars for Compania Paulista des Trenes Metropolitanos) as well as 17 six-car metropolitan trains (102 cars for Sao Paulo Metro) for local and city traffic in Sao Paulo.

With its 20 million inhabitants, Sao Paulo is one of the largest cities in the world and is considered one of the most dynamic and strongly developing cities in Brazil. Additionally, supplies to Brazil are going to one of the fastest-growing countries in the world.

The fabrication of the first two train sets will be realised in Spain, while all other vehicles will be made in the new CAF works in Sao Paulo. For both projects, CAF decided to cooperate with FOGTEC Rail Systems, a business unit of FOGTEC Brandschutz GmbH in Cologne, to satisfy the specific requirements imposed by the operator.

In addition to the engineering services for the integration of the fire protection system, the components for the fire alarm and fire suppression system will also be supplied by FOGTEC. The fire alarm system is based on the communication units of series 3000 and on the smoke aspiration systems of series 7000, while the fire suppression system for the passenger compartment will make use of high-pressure water mist technology.

This is the first time FOGTEC has been admitted as a supplier for large projects by Spanish vehicle manufacturers, who mainly cooperated with local providers in the past.