[RO] Video report on Softronic Craiova / TransMontana no.005
The company is already present on this website for a while, and slowly is expanding its business. It now provides a view behind the scenes: From www.digi24.ro. Translation:
Craiova is the only city in south-eastern Europe where still locomotives are being manufactured. However this is not done by Electroputere, as you would expect, but by Softronic, a private company that has managed to establish itself in the market and produces mainly for export. It is located in in Oltenia.
Many former employees of Electroputere are working at Softronic. The company was founded by several research workers from the former plant, who had the courage to start on their own business. They started with the production of electrical and electronic equipment for locomotives. Then they expanded their work field and started to repair and modernize locomotives already in circulation.
Locomotives production at Softronic started in 2009. (..) Until now, Softronic produced 12 locomotives, nine of them being bought by companies from Germany (Railcolor: DB Schenker Rail Romania) and Hungary (railcolor: MMV). Currently, the factory is working on three other locomotives ordered by DB Schenker Rail.
Softronic locomotives are sought for their price. They costs between 2 and 2.5 million, while the producers of western Europe asking for the same vehicle over 4 million.
Railcolor: The video shows the brand new TransMontana no.005 for DB Schenker and another TransMontana body under construction. - digi24/CV/MF
Softronic Trans Montana