The Company

Who are we ?

With its roots in the SAFRA Group’s historical business lines, SAFRA is now a key player in passenger transport equipment at the national level.
With 65 years of experience in this field, our SME always has to innovate, diversify, discover new markets, in order to acquire and develop new skills.
Our two complementary activities perfectly meet the needs of mobility transport authorities, whether in terms of the renewal of their fleets or the maintenance of their fleets.
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SAFRA’s strength lies in the complementarity of our two activities and the sharing of our in-house know-how and expertise.

SAFRA Manufacturer

SAFRA Manufacturer specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of electric powered buses under the Businova® brand.
Developed in very low and zero emission, as well as in two dimensions, this vehicle is entirely designed, manufactured and marketed by the SAFRA teams.
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SAFRA Renovation

SAFRA Renovation is specified in the equipment, fitting-out, renovation and heavy maintenance services.
Our maintenance and renovation activities apply to all types of transport equipment: buses, trams, metros, VAL, railway cars and funiculars.

Our industrial tool

SAFRA is located on a single site that includes all the Group’s companies and activities.
The company now occupies an area of 8.5 ha in the Fonlabour business area, at the entrance to the town of Albi in the Albigeois Agglomeration Community.

In order to organise production in the best possible way, SAFRA has installed several buildings to guarantee flexible production capacity in line with current markets.
Located on the A68 motorway axis, just 45 minutes from Toulouse, SAFRA’s geographical position and facilities allow it to accommodate all types of rolling stock and non rolling stock.

The site also has its own railway spur on the Toulouse-Albi line, which serves its buildings directly and thus receives trains on track.

The design office

The SAFRA design office benefits from high-performance equipment, enabling it to respond to our customers’ problems.

The mission of the SAFRA design office is to bring technical solutions to the problems of our customers as well as the production workshop.
Our tools enable us to position ourselves reactively in the face of design or product development problems. We are also working on the development of our own software for the SAFRA Constructor business with application programming as well as testing and debugging of soft and CAN networks.
The team is structured around 5 business lines:
  • Mechanical design (chassis, ground connection, motorization, bodywork, interior design)
  • Electrical design (traction chain, harnesses, electrical architecture,…)
  • Embedded systems (CAN network architecture, soft development, …)
  • Artificial intelligence (energy optimization, control logic,…)
  • Computer (Wifi, database, back-office tool, …)
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Product design and development

3D modeling

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Digital simulation

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Production of manufacturing records

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Service Methods and Records

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Technical and economic research for component integration

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Technological and regulatory watch

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Project management

Our History

The company SAFRA (Société Albigeoise de Fabrication et Réparation Automobile) created in 1955, had for primary purpose the bodywork of coaches on chassîs cabins constructor.

Committing to imprint urban mobility while reducing environmental mobility is a noble cause

Vincent Lemaire - SAFRA and SAFRA Group's president
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Word of the president

Among all the challenges to increase the well-being and well-being of all citizens, I am convinced that the more sustainable and intelligent mobility of public transport is one of the essential themes that will have to be solved for the cities of the 21st century.

Mobility is a fundamental freedom and will be increasingly multiple. Public transit will retain an unparalleled efficiency in our cities and cities, in France and around the world. And this is where the problems of air pollution, the dangerous emissions, are concentrated, and the place of autosolism must be reduced.
Our two complementary activities at SAFRA perfectly address these issues.
Our historic activity of passenger transport equipment makes it possible to extend the life of vehicles, making transportation safer, comfortable and less polluting.

Our activity as an electric bus manufacturer was also born from the observation of these environmental and urban issues: building a high-performance urban bus, the BUSINOVA.
With our two activities today, SAFRA, a Tarnaise SME, encompasses a societal project with a large-scale growth project. It is a noble cause to commit to impressing urban mobility while reducing environmental mobility. We are convinced that the courageous stand taken by businesses, communities and elected officials is the driving force behind this success.

This approach is the explicit proof.