SAFRA (Société Albigeoise de Fabrication et Réparation Automobile) was founded in 1955 and its first vocation was that of coachbuilding on chassis cabs.
Throughout its history, the company has continuously evolved, adapting itself to developments in the domain of public transport. This was demonstrated by the change in activity initiated by Serge Bodoira when he became Chairman in 1978: from being a coachbuilder, Safra became coachbuilder, restorer and repairer. Over the years Safra continued to diversify and the company henceforth developed three complementary activities: car bodywork, industrial and rail bodywork and shopfitting.
Today Safra is based at Fonlabour on a site totalling 8.5 hectares, 16,000m² of which are covered buildings. In 2007 Serge Bodoira initiated the first phase of the restructuring of the company and appointed Vincent Lemaire as CEO of Safra, and appointing himself Chairman of the Safra Group, the majority holding company.
To date, the three activities are of ambitious dimensions for this ever developing and innovating company and for whom its major Businova project is not only a real challenge but also a return to the company's original roots.