Transfesa Logistics celebrates its 80th anniversary


Transfesa Logistics celebrates its 80th anniversary

DB Cargo congratulates its Spanish sister on its anniversary.

The Spanish DB subsidiary Transfesa Logistics can now look back on 80 years of history, from livestock transport to the orange shipments called "el naranjero" to today's international logistics company with its broad portfolio of services. The anniversary was, of course, marked by major celebrations.

The events included an exhibition at the Railway Museum in Madrid from 2 to 8 June 2023. This highlighted the eventful history of the company, which was founded in 1943. Exhibits included one of the legendary orange-painted freight wagons once used to transport oranges from Spain to England and Germany. 

From left to right: Julia A. García (Director of Legal Counsel and Risk Management Transfesa), Martina Niemann (Member of the Management Board for Finance and Controlling DB Cargo and Member of the Management Board for Offer Management DB Cargo), Anne-Sophie Petit (Director of Finance and Controlling Transfesa), Idoia Galindo (CEO Transfesa)

As Transfesa's "sister" in the DB Group, DB Cargo would like to congratulate Transfesa Logistics on its anniversary and looks forward to further partnership in the "Freight belongs on rail" initiative.

Brief history of Transfesa
  • 1943: Founded to transport livestock in Spain.
  • 1952: First freight wagons constructed with interchangeable axles for transport from Spain to western and northern Europe; this meant that freight trains could be more quickly changed over to the different gauge at the border with France, making transhipment unnecessary.
  • 1950s/60s: Increased fruit exports to western Europe; thanks to the company's own ventilated wagons and the faster switch to standard gauge, transport only took around 48 hours.
  • 1960s: Opening of branches in Europe, for example in Germany and Switzerland. This made Transfesa one of the most important forces in promoting the international trade of Spanish products.
  • 1970s: Concentration on automotive industry: Transfesa became an important partner and started transporting finished vehicles.
  • 1980s: Automotive parts added to portfolio.
  • Since the 1990s, Transfesa has also provided services beyond pure logistics, such as wagon maintenance and terminal management.
  • Transfesa has been part of the DB Group since 2007.