Egypt’s Prime Minster Mostafa Madbouly visited on Sunday the SEMAF Railway Factory, accompanied by Minister of Transport Kamel al-Wazir, and the Chairman of the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) Abdel-Moneim al-Taras to inspect the factory’s development plans.
Madbouly stated that the visit aims to check up on the SEMAF’s steps to raise the level of its train quality – including its goods and passenger coaches, locomotives, metro cars and wagons – to international quality specifications.
The prime minister inspected the various production stages of the railway and subway vehicles, and entered the SEMAF’s model for a passenger train and another for a locomotive.
The SEMAF’s officials asserted that the development work will improve the trains’ level of quality.
Al-Taras confirmed that the SEMAF railway factory will become comparable to global factories by October 2020, once development work is finalized.
The SEMAF’s chairman Ismail Nagdy said that the development plan aims to increase the factory production rates from 300 vehicles to 1000 vehicles annually, as well as developing its research and design sector and improving work performance for the engineers and technical cadres.
The SEMAF was established in 1955 as part of collaboration between the Ministry of Industry with a Belgium company to cover Egypt’s railway needs, such as in providing passenger coaches, metro, tram cars & wagons.
The area of the SEMAF Factory is about 150,000 square meters, in addition to a further 100,000 square meters at the SEMAF territory as an extension area to be used in the future projects.
The SEMAF has 1,200 employees and highly qualified technical staff in addition of 6,000 employees at the AOI’s factories, working in the same field.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm