Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) is Europe's first private open access operator of 300 km/h high-speed trains. It was created by four Italian businessmen to compete with Italy’s national rail service, Trenitalia, and started operations in April 2012.
NTV ordered 25 Alstom Automotrice à grande vitesse (AGV) trainsets with 11 cars each in January 2008. Alstom built 17 of these at its plant at La Rochelle, France, and eight at Savigliano, Italy.
As part of its strategic supplier relationship with Alstom Transportation, BFG produced 50 kits of driver desks and cabs at ATMC Industrie, its fully owned subsidiary in France. BFG also produced 50 sets of interior panels for the trains at NOMA Composites, its facility at La Rochelle, France.
The driver desks and cabs were produced from fire retardant polyester using a contact moulding process. The interior panels, which included window panels with coat hooks and sun shades, passenger car step covers, and ceiling covers, used a combination of compression moulding and pultrusion processes. All parts comply with NF F 16-101 and UNI fire safety standards.