History

Founded by the Austrian industry Johan Weitzer, transformed into a joint stock company in the interwar period and then privatized again after the fall of communism, the wagon factories in Arad are today presented as a continuation of a legacy that takes us back to the beginning of the industrial revolution in this part of the world.

At the dawn of the new millennium, immediately after privatization, we re-established the research and design center, and from the third year we managed to produce a prototype of a modern wagon that was presented at the first Romanian exhibition in Bucharest. … In 2012, the “Imperio” tram was also presented on the international market of the “Innotrans” exhibition in Berlin, and today the orders started to come by themselves.

Astra Group today produces trams as modern and efficient as the big competitors in the European Union… and even the world.

2020 Astra History
AVA 200 MAPN Wagon

AVA 200 M-APN Wagon

Imperio Oradea Tram

Imperio Oradea Tram

Imperio Cluj Tram

Imperio Cluj Tram

2018 Astra History
AUTENTIC Tram

AUTENTIC Tram

2017 Astra History
AVA 200 ATC Z1​ Wagon

AVA 200 ATC Z1​ Wagon

AVA 200 BEDROOM Wagon

AVA 200 BEDROOM Wagon

AVA 200 BUNK Wagon

AVA 200 BUNK Wagon

2015 Astra History
IRIS Certificate

 IRIS Certificate

GT-4 ARMONIA Modernized tram

GT4 ARMONIA modernized tram

Town 118 type PU-01 Trolleybus

Town 118 type PU-01 Trolleybus

2014 Astra History
Brazil Wagons

Brazil Wagons

Final equipping workshop

Final equipping workshop

2013 Astra History
AVA 200 REGIOJET Wagon

AVA 200 REGIOJET Wagon

2012 Astra History
IMPERIO ECO Trwam

IMPERIO ECO Tram

2011 Astra History
IMPERIO Tram

IMPERIO Tram

Imperio Tram Prototype

IMPERIO Tram Prototype

2010 Astra History
UNICA Italy Wagon

UNICA Italy Wagon

STANDARD Italy Wagon

STANDARD Italy Wagon

2009 Astra History
Establishment of the Railway Commercial Bank

AVA 200 Interregio Wagon

AVA 200 Interregio Wagon

2008 Astra History
AVA 200 Restaurant Wagon

AVA 200 Restaurant Wagon

2007 Astra History
First class AVA 200 Express Wagon  

First class AVA 200 Express Wagon  

2006 Astra History
First class AVA 200 Express Wagon  

First class AVA 200 Express Wagon  

2005 Astra History
Development of subassembly facilities and urban vehicles

Second class AVA 200 Express Wagon 

2002 Astra History
Additional maintenance facilities

Assembly line for SIEMENS Desiro locomotives.

2000 Astra History
Privatization of ASTRA Vagoane Călători SA

Privatization of ASTRA Vagoane Călători SA by taking over the shares of ASTRA Vagoane Călători SA by TRISTAR SRL, an expert company in management, mergers and acquisitions.

1998 Astra History
ASTRA Vagoane ARAD SA

Establishment of ASTRA Vagoane Călători SA by detachment from the Astra Arad wagon factory.

1995 Astra History
AVA200 Wagon

AVA200 Wagon built after the license CORAIL De Dietrich.

1990 Astra History
ASTRA Vagoane ARAD SA

With the adoption of the laws of the market economy, the company ASTRA Vagoane Arad SA is established, which had as object of activity the manufacture of passenger and freight wagons, constituted as two separate profit centers.

1948-1990 Astra History
Bucharest Subway
1921-1948 Astra History
Astra

Astra is nationalized and continues its activity under various names such as Uzina de Vagoane Arad..

1921 Astra History
Astra

The company is called ASTRA Arad.

1891 Astra History
Johann Weitzer înființează în Arad în anul 1891 "Fabrica de Vagoane și Motoare Johan Weitzer SA"

ASTRA Vagoane Călători was founded in 1891 in Arad, by the Austrian industrialist Johann Weitzer under the name of “Fabrica de mașini, vagoane și Turnătoria de fier a societății pe acțiuni Johann Weitzer din Arad”.