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Hitachi Rail / Amazon Park Open Day attracts 400 companies interested in getting involved in IEP trains

Press Release   •   Apr 21, 2011 07:15 BST

Organisers Hitachi Rail Europe, Durham County Council and Merchant Place Developments to hold additional afternoon session due to huge demand

London and Durham, UK, 21 April, 2011 – More than 700 individuals representing over 400 companies are set to attend the first Open Day event for Hitachi Rail Europe’s Intercity Express Programme in the north east in late May, an event organized by County Durham Development Company on behalf of the involved parties.

The companies will be the first to learn about the new business opportunities presented by the construction of Hitachi’s new manufacturing plant in County Durham, the fit-out phase and the manufacture of the UK’s next generation of passenger trains. There will be millions of pounds worth of supply chain opportunities when work starts on the factory next year and when manufacturing of the next generation of Hitachi Super Express train begins.

The Hitachi Super Express trains, which will be used on the East Coast and the London – South Wales main lines, will be built in a new 450,000sq ft purpose-built factory at Newton Aycliffe. Hitachi’s rail deal, which was confirmed by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond in March, will create 500 direct jobs by 2015 and thousands more in the supply chain.

Hitachi Rail Europe, together with Durham County Council (DCC) and Merchant Place Developments (MPD) are hosting an open day on 26th May at the Xcel Centre, Newton Aycliffe to give potential suppliers to the programme an opportunity to hear more about the project. The open day will include presentations by Alistair Dormer of Hitachi Rail Europe, Cllr Neil Foster of DCC and Geoff Hunton from MPD – followed by an open Q&A session from the attendees.

So far, over 700 supplier company representatives have registered to attend and amongst them are many companies based in the North East of England, but the list also includes some international FTSE 100 companies.

Alistair Dormer, the managing director of Hitachi Rail Europe said “It is extremely encouraging to have this level of interest in the project, so early in the process. We are committed to using North-East suppliers wherever possible, and we want to start building the relationships and gaining a good understanding of the local businesses, what their strengths are and how we can work together with them.”

Cllr Neil Foster, cabinet member for Regeneration and Economic Development, of Durham County Council, said: “This is an exciting chance for many companies in County Durham and the wider area to learn more detail about the business opportunities which this fantastic development in Newton Aycliffe can bring for them.”

“I am delighted that Hitachi is expressing its keenness to support local companies wherever possible and I know that the firm will be impressed with the range, professionalism and high standards of suppliers on their doorstep.”

Geoff Hunton, technical director of Merchant Place Development, the organisation that will be responsible for the building of the factory, said: “Amazon Park has the ability to give the regional economy a huge boost not only through the Hitachi project, but other occupiers that we are presently in discussion with as well. The number of companies that have registered on-line demonstrates the very wide range of skills and services available in the region and I am sure the number will continue to grow as we get closer to May 26.”

ENDS

Further information:
Companies interested in attending the Open Day on 26 May can register on the following website: www.hitachirailproject.co.uk . In addition to the morning session, an afternoon session will now also be hosted to accommodate all interested potential partners. (Companies are requested to register for one session only.)


About Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd.

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Europe, Ltd. and is headquartered in London, UK.

Hitachi Rail Europe is a total railway system supplier offering rolling stock, traction equipment, signalling, traffic management systems, and maintenance depots.

Hitachi draws on many years of experience as a leading supplier of high-speed trains such as the Shinkansen (bullet train) for the Japanese and international markets. In Europe, Hitachi Rail Europe’s first rolling stock contract was to deliver a fleet of 29 Class 395 trains, the first domestic high-speed train in the UK, which are maintained at Hitachi’s state of the art depot in Ashford, Kent. As part of the British Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme, Hitachi Rail Europe will replace the UK’s ageing fleet of Intercity trains, and will establish a new rolling stock manufacturing facility in the UK for this purpose. The trains will be maintained and services in a number of new maintenance
depots along the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line.

For more information about the company, please visit: www.Hitachirail-eu.com .


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