On the rails of development
ABIFER gathers manufacturers of diesel-electric and dieselhydraulic locomotives, freight cars for all purposes, steel mill cars, subway and suburban trains, light rail vehicles (LRV), high speed trains, signaling and telecommunication systems, brakes, coupler systems, doors, pantographs, air conditioning, bogies and their components: wheels, axles, brake shoes and springs, material for track: rail clips, joint bars, turnouts, sleepers and rail welding, in addition to companies specializing in services of engineering, maintenance, refurbishing, adaptation and modernization of railway vehicles.
The Association’s mission is to defend the interests of the Brazilian industry of railroad equipment, components and materials, and contribute to the development of this transportation modal, aiming at its adequacy to Brazil’s real needs.
ABIFER was founded on August 8, 1977 by manufacturers of railway system equipment, aimed at highlighting the importance of the industry and the cargo and passenger rail transportation. It has been in permanent relationship with operators, government authorities and legislators, BNDES (the Brazilian Development Bank), universities and several segments of society.
The Brazilian railroad industry is the largest in South America. Besides genuine national companies, leading global companies in the sector have operations in Brazil, with modern manufacturing facilities, using local specialized engineering and workforce.
The competitiveness and quality of the national industry are certified by its long track-record of exports including freight cars, passenger cars, locomotives, components and track materials, competing with renowned international players from five continents.
Technological innovation is one of the major strategic goals in the Brazilian railroad industry. The sector keeps abreast of the world’s technological evolution, ensuring a remarkable presence in the global market. It has a highly skilled technical staff, with resources to develop and absorb all kinds of technology.
By manufacturing all types of freight cars, for transportation of diversified goods such as ore, grain, liquid, steel, and manufactured products in general, through containers, the Brazilian railroad industry develops and supplies specific wagons for whatever application, working in partnership with concessionaires and their users.
AC locomotives of high power classes are produced in Brazil. Cars for subways, suburban trains, LRV, monorails, and signaling systems are also manufactured in Brazil and supplied to national operators to meet their expansion and revitalization projects.
The national industry offers for the cargo and passenger operators services for revitalization, and modernization of railway equipment and their components.