Started in 1952, the Integral Coach Factory
(ICF) is located in Chennai
. Its primary products are rail coach
. Most of the coaches manufactured are supplied to the Indian Railways
, but it has also manufactured coaches for railway companies in other countries, including Thailand
. Recently, ICF exported coaches to Angola
. It also has got orders worth of Rs. 102 crores from Sri Lanka. However, due to quality issues of the coaches, Sri Lanka suspended the order.
The coach factory provides primarily for the Indian Railways, a number of different coaches - first and second class coaches, pantry and kitchen cars, luggage and brake vans, self propelled coaches, electric, diesel and mainline electric multiple units (EMU, DMU, MEMU), metro coaches and Diesel Electric Tower Cars
(DETC), Accident Relief Medical Vans (ARMV), Inspection Cars (RA), Fuel Test Cars, Track Recording Cars, the latest coaches are for the Deccan Odyssey
(a luxury train of the Indian Railways), and coaches for MRVC (world class coaches).
The business started in 2 October 1955, the first items produced being seven third class shells. Today the coach factory produces more than 170 varieties of coach. It employs about 13,000 people and produces around six coaches a day.
Structure of the organization
The Integral Coach Factory consists of two main divisions - Shell division... Read More