Eurovia’s Research Centre at Mérignac (CRM) covers 4,000 m², 1,900 m² of which is occupied by laboratories. CRM works in partnership with ETF on research programmes linked to ballast and concrete tracks. It boasts an exceptional equipment stock: 150 machines capable of performing 250 different tests – generating 4,500 tests per year, half of which have been created at the CRM research centre itself. The centre has secured ISO 9001 certification and ISO 17025 accreditation.

ETF’s Research and Development department is highly active. More than 35 patents have already been filed and have brought in innovations which are already proving their worth in the field: the new track-laying method for the LGV, the low-rail system for laying tramline tracks, dual-flow units, etc.