Arad is home to AstraRail's headquarters where bogies and freight wagons are produced on a covered area of 150,000 square metres.
The history of the company's headquarters in Arad dates back to 1891 when the Austrian industrialist Johann Weitzer founded the Johann Weitzer Maschinen-, Waggonbau und Eisengießerei Aktiengesellschaft. The company was a spin-off of Grazer Wagen- und Waggonfabrik AG which was also established by Weitzer in 1854. From 1903 onwards, the Arad-based company wrote railway history starting with the Weitzer-De Dion-Bouton motor coach. This petrol-electric powered railcar was the first in a series of fuel-driven railcars in Europe.
AstraRail's Arad factory formerly concentrated on manufacturing freight wagons and passenger carriages as well as engines. During the course of more than 120 years, over 250,000 wagons were produced, which makes up 25 percent of the company's entire production. With Arad as a base, our railcars made their way to more than 35 countries all over the world. Today a large part of our freight wagons and bogies are made in Arad.