Hydram secures multi-million pound contract with Hitachi Rail Europe
Hydram secures multi-million pound contract with Hitachi Rail Europe :North East based sheet metal subcontracting company Hydram Engineering Ltd. has been selected by Hitachi Rail Europe as a key supplier of sheet metal assemblies for the Â£5.7bn Intercity Express Programme.
Hitachi Rail is contracted to supply trains consisting of a total of 866 carriages for the Great Western and East Coast Main Lines. The designated Class 800/801 AT300 trains will constitute a step change in capacity, improved reliability and reduced environmental impact, and will travel at up to 125mph.
Hydram will be supplying metal assemblies for the carriage interiors directly to the new Hitachi rail vehicle manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe, just 6 miles from Hydramâs facility. Components supplied by Hydram will include hand poles, painted interior panels as well as various bracketry and assemblies.
David Greatorex, Hydramâs Managing Director, commented, âWe are extremely excited about partnering with Hitachi Rail on this new project. We have been speaking with them since 2012 and to secure a significant contract is great news for the business and employees.â
Hydram Engineering Ltd. has been trading for nearly 40 years and during that time it has built an enviable reputation in the subcontract engineering sector. This is reflected in its strong customer portfolio, which includes Caterpillar, Herman Miller, Mitsubishi Electric, and Ideal Boilers. Hydram has just completed a Â£4mn investment project which included new fiber lasers and punching machines with material storage and automated loading and unloading systems.
Hitachi Rail is a welcome addition to Hydramâs customer portfolio and we are looking forward to developing a long term partnership over the next decade and beyond,â says David.
Writer :Neil Mawson
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