Volvo Buses, a world leader in sustainable mobility solutions, and Castrosua, a renowned bus body manufacturer, have formalised a strategic collaboration for the development, manufacture and commercialization of urban buses in Spain. The final project will be the union of the Volvo BZL Electric chassis and the Nelec body designed by Castrosua. This agreement strengthens the commitment of both companies to the promotion of sustainable mobility in cities.
The collaboration between Volvo Buses and Castrosua aims to boost the energy efficiency, safety and innovation of urban buses, while reducing their environmental impact. This strategic partnership will allow both companies to combine their expertise and capabilities to develop more advanced and sustainable public transport solutions.
This agreement will allow Volvo to continue the transformation of its business model in Spain, where it will focus on the urban segment with Castrosua. This alliance is based on the Volvo BZL model, focused on the growth and development of electromobility as a sustainable transport solution, continuing the transformation initiated by Volvo in Europe, where it will be implemented through other manufacturers. >> Read more
Castrosua Group has incorporated Pablo Seco to its team this September as a new Key Account Manager in the international area.
Pablo accumulates in his professional career more than 19 years of solid and extensive experience in various executive positions as director in the area of exports and marketing of various industrial companies and addressing a large number of global markets.
With a clear international mentality and his customer-oriented approach, Pablo Seco joins the commercial team of Castrosua Group with great enthusiasm. The new International Key Account Manager enters under the clear objective of developing the lines of action already set out, according to the strategic plans of the company.
- BYD and Castrosua announce a new collaboration to build 12-metre eBuses for the Spanish market
- The zero-emission electric buses merge the specialist expertise of both companies, combining BYD’s core technologies including its advanced chassis and electric powertrain, with Castrosua’s award-winning NELEC bodywork
- The collaboration is committed to delivering tailor-made public transportation to local customers in Spain
Madrid / Santiago de Compostela, Spain – BYD, the world’s leading manufacturer of New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) and power batteries, has signed a framework agreement with Castrosua, the bus and coach body assembly specialist in Spain. BYD and Castrosua will collaborate to produce eco-friendly customised 12-metre eBuses in Spain, specifically for the Spanish market. The BYD-Castrosua 12-metre eBuses will be built on the BYD advanced chassis with electric powertrain, and incorporate the Castrosua NELEC body to provide high-calibre electric transport solutions for Spanish customers. >> Read more
Grupo Castrosua is pleased to announce an update in the organization chart of the company, always seeking adaptability as a company to this environment in constant movement.
Javier Rodríguez Vilela has recently been appointed as Executive Director of Grupo Castrosua. Javier has a solid and extensive experience of 20 years in the bus and coach sector, all of them in Castrosua, in which he has served as quality manager, after-sales and spare parts manager, purchasing and after-sales manager, as well as in the last almost five years industrial management and member of the management committee.
Javier R. Vilela is technical engineer from the University of Santiago de Compostela and has additional training in ISO 9001, 14001, 22301 standards, waste management and internal systems auditor, he is a senior technician in PRL and PRL systems auditor, as well as training in 2D and 3D computer-aided design, organization of Industrial Maintenance and various training in leadership skills. >> Read more
- The jury of the awards, made up of 62 prominent representatives of the main companies and associations in the industry in Spain, has considered Nelec as the winner among the 10 candidates for the award.
Nelec, Castrosua’s new commitment to electric platforms, has been awarded Ecological BUS of the Year 2022 in Spain at the National Transport Awards, organized by the magazine Viajeros and awarded by Spaniards operators of road transport. >> Read more
The Abu Dhabi Department of Transportation (DoT), through Famco Al Futtaim Auto & Machinery Co (FAMCO), has received the total order of 168 intercity buses build with Castrosua model Magnus.E on Volvo chassis, model B11R Euro VI. FAMCO is a company branch of the Al-Futtaim Group composed of a conglomerate of some 250 companies and more than 50,000 employees.
Bus deliveries started at the end of 2019 and most of the vehicles are already in service along the Abu Dhabi urban and peri-urban areas as well as in the city of Al Ain. Transport service is being managed by the bus operators City Transport and Hafilat Industry LLC. >> Read more
Salamanca de Transportes, belonging to the Ruiz Group, has presented five new buses with Castrosua New City busbody on an Iveco Urbanway chassis that are powered by compressed natural gas. The event held in the operator’s garages attended by the mayor of the city, Carlos García Carbayo, was last Thursday, May 6. The vehicles will enter service at the end of May or the beginning of June, once the registration process is complete.
With these new vehicles, of the total Salamanca transport fleet, made up of a total of 62 buses, only 12 will run on diesel, something that, in the words of the mayor, highlights the municipal commitment to modernizing the service and respect for the environment. >> Read more
The new TIB CTM (Consorcio de Transportes de Mallorca) was presented at the end of July 2020. The new TIB CTM transport system was reorganized reducing lines from 11 up to 3 bus operators: Grupo Ruiz, UTE Empresa Sagalés-Caldentey & Grupo Moventis.
The total fleet of the new bus network in Mallorca will be operated by 223 vehicles, and involves a complete renewal of the fleet, mostly propelled by compressed natural gas and some electric units. Grupo Castrosua together with Scania Hispania have been awarded 186 units, all of them CNG, and of different types and length: New City low-floor 12-18 m long; Magnus. E, low-entry and high-floor versions 13m, 15m and 18,75 m long. Part of them are dotted with specific airport definition, concerning own luggage compartments for passengers. >> Read more
The new model Nelec from Castrosua, their new solution for electromobility, has been one of the products awarded by the jury of the prestigious international design award Red Dot in the category of product design. The Red Dot Awards are considered the “Oscars” of design and aim to recognize the quality and innovation of designers and manufacturers in the creation of new products. To assess diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the award is divided into three disciplines – the Red Dot Award: product design, brand design and communication and design concept.
The Red Dot Award, created in 1955, is now one of the largest and most recognized design competitions in the world. With this distinction, which is organized once a year, Castrosua joins, as a second time, the select group of companies and individuals that have received the Red Dot Award and that includes such well-known brands as Apple or Lamborghini.
Almost 8,000 proposals submitted
The new Nelec from Castrosua has been one of the 7,800 innovative proposals, from 60 different countries, that opted to receive the prestigious Red Dot award this year. A jury made up of 50 people, including specialized journalists, renowned designers and teachers related to this branch of activity chose the Castrosua busbody as one of the winning proposals of the Red Dot 2021 Award for Best Product Design in the category of Commercial Vehicles.
The jury awards the prizes based solely on criteria related to innovation, aesthetics, utility, functionality, or the impact of the design presented. This year the awards ceremony will take place, probably in virtual format, next June.
When we began to develop this project, we were looking to address two primary objectives. Firstly, we wanted to create a modern, reliable, and innovative product that would meet the expectations of its operators by offering them a fully customisable bus that could be adapted according to their particular requirements. Secondly, we wanted to create a flexible and multidisciplinary design team, that would make use of new techniques, incorporating a 3D design in all the different stages. Through this, we have created a vehicle that stands out from the rest, coming up with a solution that will meet future mobility challenges.
A design represented by clean and simple lines, modularity, excellent access to mechanical maintenance elements, and enhanced functionalities; without forgetting its quick identification and customization by our clients.
In creating NELEC, we have placed great importance on the aesthetic and functional design without compromising on the industrial nature of the product.
This award is a recognition of the hard work and passion that Castrosua puts into each of its projects.
This morning, Castrosua launched Nelec, the first totally customisable busbody on a Scania electric chassis. This new mobility solution is available in two versions: low-floor buses for urban transport needs (Class I) and low-entry commuter buses (Class II), enabling the Galician firm to enter both market segments, thanks to its offering of solutions that meet the urban electromobility requirements.
This first bus that Castrosua and Scania have developed together makes it possible to offer a solution to the unique mobility needs of each city or customer. Thanks to the highly customisable nature of these vehicles, and the considerable attention to detail, we are able to come up with unique and exclusive designs, not only in terms of the visual and conceptual elements, but also in terms of the way in which the vehicles are equipped. In this sense, Nelec offers a wide range of possibilities, from the number of passenger doors (two or three) to the length of the vehicle (11.5 to 13 meters), while also offering the client the possibility to choose the elements from a wide range of equipment that best adapt to their customers’ needs and habits, thanks to our precise and flexible system.
Although the prototype that we have launched today features 24 seats designed by Castrosua, two places for wheelchairs and standing room for 52, the design may be customised to transport almost one hundred passengers, with a maximum of 34 seats, two places for wheelchairs users and standing area for 63 passengers.
The fact that this model has been completely designed using 3D technology is fundamental, as it facilitates the development of all of the customisation and adaptation options, as well as streamlining the production, repair and maintenance processes, and, likewise, customers are provided with advanced and comprehensive presentations that aid them in their decision-making process.