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Products & Capabilities

The CTE organisation provides innovative rail transport solutions to South Africa and selected export markets. These solutions are produced at our three manufacturing sites in South Africa.

We have over time developed and continued to improve on our capabilities to deliver complex rolling stock projects and have through these capabilities successfully offered the following services to our customers.

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    System integration

    Complex rolling stock system integration

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    Refurbishment and upgrade of existing rolling stock, life extensions

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    new rolling stock

    Design and manufacture of new rolling stock

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    Refurbishment and upgrade of existing rolling

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    Refurbishment and upgrade of existing rolling

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Our Union Carriage and Wagon facility situated in Nigel is world renowned for designing and manufacturing electric locomotives, diesel electric/ diesel hydraulic locomotives, intercity passenger coaches, electric multiple units, railcars and all-purpose freight wagons and has designed and manufactured 14,000 new locomotives, suburban trains and coaches over the past 56 years.

CTE has also successfully overhauled, refurbished and upgraded a large proportion of the existing South African passenger rail rolling stock at our Touws River, Pietermaritzburg and Union Carriage and Wagon sites. Our Engineering Services Division currently provides field support services (Warranty repairs, commissioning and technical support) to Prasa’s staff at 3 out of 4 of their main maintenance depots.

Site statistics

Accessibility, very good rail access in all regions

  • 37 hectare



  • 32 hectare


    Western Cape

  • 20 hectare

    cte durban

    Kwa-Zulu Natal

  • 3 regions