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Hitachi Rail Europe shows its firm support for UK suppliers in building new Class 800/801 trains

Press Release   •   Sep 08, 2014 00:01 BST

Newton Aycliffe, 8 September, 2014 – Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. today announced that it is working with over 30 UK-based suppliers to build trains for the first phase of train delivery for the Government’s Intercity Express Programme.

Of those parts, systems and operations that Hitachi Rail Europe could have sourced from the UK for the new trains, 72% have indeed been purchased from UK-based businesses.

This includes windows from Durham-based Romag, wheelsets from Lucchini UK, located in Manchester, pantographs from Somerset-based Brecknell Willis, braking and air generation equipment from Knorr-Bremse in Melksham, lighting from LPA Excil, located in Normanton, jumper cable systems from Northampton-based Harting, onboard servers from Newcastle-based Nomad Digital, partitions from TRB Lightweight Structures, luggage stacks and racks from Lordgate, both located in Huntingdon, driver safety systems from Worcester-based Arrowvale Electronics, and exhaust systems from Eminox, located in Gainsborough.

The confirmation comes as the rolling stock provider published a map highlighting the locations of its various manufacturers across the UK. It shows that the company’s supply chain is drawn from many different regions, including three businesses from the North East, three from Yorkshire and the Humber, and three from the North West.

Figures for the North East are particularly relevant, given that Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, will be the home of Hitachi Rail Europe’s European manufacturing facility, when it is completed in 2015. If this number is combined with the list of suppliers that Shepherd Construction, the lead contractor on the Newton Aycliffe factory build, is procuring in the region, the total number of suppliers increases to 32.

Today’s announcement cements the company’s commitment to supporting UK businesses and developing the rail supply chain. Following the announcement earlier this year that Hitachi Rail would be moving its global HQ to London, this is another sign of its confidence in the growing UK rail sector.

Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “Hitachi’s decision to work with suppliers from across the country shows that the UK is advancing as a global leader in rail manufacturing.

“The Government is committed to helping companies attract inward investment to develop strong, coordinated and competitive supply chains here in the UK. We have created a new Rail Supply Chain Forum to help British businesses win work both here and abroad and I am greatly encouraged to see that world leading companies such as Hitachi are placing their confidence in UK suppliers.”

Jamie Foster, Procurement Director at Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “We are delighted to be working with so many suppliers from across the UK in building our new Class 800 series trains for the Intercity Express Programme. Given the high requirements for quality and reliability of our trains, we were keen to work with companies that share our values in this regard. As the first three pre-series trains are now being manufactured in our factory, I cannot emphasise enough the high quality and quantity of services our suppliers have provided on the project thus far. We will continue working closely with each of them across the rest of the manufacturing and delivery schedule.”

Representative from Nomad Digital, said: “Winning the contract for the OBS server is significant for Nomad Digital in the UK. It will enable a close relationship with a key world-class train builder and deliver opportunities within the UK rail industry.”

Phil Murray, Managing Director from Romag, said: “Securing this contract has been significant boost for Romag, its employees and our supply chain. We needed to secure long-term contracts to secure the future of our business and the IEP contract came at a critical time. It has also provided a springboard from which other contracts may be secured with other train builders as well as Hitachi. We are delighted that Hitachi have shown such confidence in the North East and I'm confident we won't disappoint.”

Representative from TRB Lightweight Structures, said: "We're pleased to be part of a project that is so important to the UK and we're thrilled to be partnered with a company like Hitachi who share our commitment to employee development and continual improvement. Confidence in the UK's ability to manufacture excellent products will inspire further investment from international organisations. This contract places TRB at the centre of this resurgence and should create additional opportunities for our company to contribute solutions for global lightweight transit.”

Representative from LPA Excil, said: “Class 800 is a very prestigious contract and a valuable asset in a company’s reputation. This allows us a greater volume of procurement and ultimately more cost-effective solutions to the rail industry.”

Paul Goodhand, Managing Director of Knorr-Bremse, said: “Knorr-Bremse is extremely proud to be involved with the Hitachi Super Express Train both in the initial supply of the braking system and by supporting the train through its life time. Winning this contract has secured skilled UK jobs and expertise both now and into the future for both Knorr-Bremse and its UK based supply chain. Knorr-Bremse looks forward to a developing and long relationship with Hitachi Rail Europe as this new and exciting UK train builder expands and develops more products.”

Paul Bright, Operations Director at Lordgate Engineering Ltd, said: “Lordgate Engineering Limited are delighted to have signed the contract agreements with Hitachi Rail Europe and we look forward to having the opportunity to establish a long-term supply relationship for many years to come.

“I am grateful for the commitment Hitachi Rail Europe has demonstrated by awarding these contracts to our company; to do so sends a clear message that UK companies have the capacity to successfully secure business in today’s global market place.”

Representative from Harting, said: “Harting is delighted to be working with Hitachi on the Intercity Express Programme trains. We look forward to developing further Interconnectivity Solutions with Hitachi, a technology-driven, world class train manufacturer.”

Chris Fawdry, Managing Director of Lucchini UK, said: “The IEP contract is fundamental to Lucchini UK. It confirms our place at the forefront of high speed wheelset technology and manufacture and is a recognition of the excellent service that we maintained when we supplied to Hitachi all the new wheelsets for the Javelin trains that are so successful on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between St Pancras and the Kent Coast, a level of service that we continue to provide now for the maintenance of those same wheelsets and gearboxes.”

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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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