RVE Meet The Buyer is a key element of the event and puts top rail industry buyers in front of the suppliers that they need to see. The event is run in partnership with Rail Forum Midlands and the Department for International Trade.
During the course of the 2019 event, no fewer than 310 appointments involving 41 buyers from 20 companies and four countries were scheduled and completed.
We thank the companies below for their participation and look forward to welcoming them back for the 2020 event.
The company is growing its UK offering through its new Technology Centre at Widnes, which is currently delivering repainting of the Virgin Trains Pendolino fleet but could be adapted for heavy overhaul of existing fleets or manufacture of new orders. The company has submitted a bid for the HS2 rolling stock contract.
Formed in 1994, Angel Trains owns and maintains over 5,250 passenger vehicles in the UK. It employs around 140 staff at offices in London and Derby. The company has acted as an enabler for £5 billion of investment in new trains and modernisation of existing rolling stock and invests around £80 million per annum in ongoing maintenance of fleets. In terms of new build, it is currently financing the 111-strong fleet of Class 720 Bombardier Aventra EMUs for Greater Anglia and the £235 million fleet of 19 Hitachi Class 802 bi-modes for TransPennine Express.
An independent business within Arriva UK Trains, Arriva Traincare operates from five depots at Crewe, Barton Hill in Bristol, Eastleigh, Tyne Yard in Gateshead and Cambridge. The company provides overhaul, maintenance and servicing facilities for passenger rolling stock, locomotives, freight wagons and track plant. The company directly employs 200 staff, with work ranging from overnight servicing to comprehensive heavy overhauls and refurbishments.
Bombardier has a substantial UK order backlog for new fleets based on its Aventra EMU platform for Crossrail, London Overground, Greater Anglia, South Western Railway, West Midlands Trains and c2c, being built out of its long-standing factory in Derby. Bombardier is bidding for the HS2 rolling stock contract in a joint venture with Hitachi.
The Spanish manufacturer is delivering new rolling stock for several UK operators, and last autumn began production at its new factory at the Celtic Business Park site in Newport, South Wales. It has won orders to build new DMUs for Transport for Wales and metro trains for the Docklands Light Railway and is also bidding for the HS2 rolling stock contract and to supply new trains for the Tyne & Wear Metro.
Chrysalis Rail is a UK-based rolling stock service supplier, committed to delivering competitive and outstanding quality solutions to the rail industry.
In addition to their established rolling stock bases at Long Marston and Leeds, they have just taken over and reopened the former Great Western Railway’s HST maintenance depot at Landore in South Wales which closed at the end of 2018.
A subsidiary of Icomera UK, dg8 are an established design and engineering group based in Derby. Their team of designers and engineers are experienced in delivering design-led projects from concept to implementation.
Their team has extensive experience of the rail vehicle market and work at all tiers of the supply chain.
Gemini Rail is the name for the former Knorr-Bremse businesses sold in November 2018 to German holding company Mutares. Gemini Rail Services comprises the former KBRS facilities at Springburn near Glasgow and Wolverton near Milton Keynes, while Gemini Rail Technology is the new name for the former Kiepe Electric UK subsidiary, based in Birmingham. The company’s capabilities include heavy maintenance and refurbishment work, but it is also identifying new areas of opportunity to add to its portfolio.
Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe manufacturing facility in County Durham is now an established part of the UK rolling stock scene and is currently completing the build of Azuma trains for LNER. Hitachi has submitted a joint bid with Bombardier for the HS2 rolling stock contract and is also tendering for the Tyne & Wear Metro rolling stock contract.
Loram UK Ltd specialises in engineering work on railway traction and rolling stock. Based in Derby, they offer a full range of rolling stock engineering solutions; from servicing through routine fleet maintenance to the heaviest of vehicle and component re-engineering projects.
Nottingham Express Transit - popularly known as Nottingham Trams - are a key element of the award winning public transport system servicing Greater Nottingham.
Based in Bulgaria, PIMK Ltd provides transportation services for international logistic companies and employs 86 shipping agents operating in Turkey; Greece; Germany and Austria; France and Portugal; Spain and Bulgaria.
Porterbrook has owned and leased rolling stock and related equipment for 25 years. The company has recently taken a fresh look at its approach to the industry and is emphasising its role as a long-term custodian of rolling stock. It is also developing a range of innovative products, including the Class 769 Flex bi-mode/tri-mode train as well as the Class 799 HydroFlex hydrogen-powered unit in partnership with the University of Birmingham.
In the UK Ricardo Rail offers a full service range from five main offices as well as from their technology and engineering centres in Shoreham and Leamington Spa.
Key clients include the infrastructure manager, Network Rail, administrative bodies such as the Department for Transport, the Rail Safety Standards Board and the national safety regulator, the Office of Rail and Road. Its teams also support a wide range of operators, rolling stock manufacturers and technology suppliers.
Swiss national operator SBB transports over 1.25 million passengers and 205,000 tonnes of freight each day. SBB operates the core domestic inter-city network in Switzerland and international high-speed services to neighbouring countries in conjunction with other national operators. Freight operator SBB International operates between northern and southern Europe using its own locos and crews. The company has over 32,300 employees and is currently focusing on its SBB 2020 strategy, designed to meet the needs of the modern passenger in the light of changing mobility demands.
Siemens Mobility has more than 2,500 employees in the UK alone. In addition to their involvement in the Deep Tube programme for London Underground, the company has submitted a bid for the HS2 rolling stock contract.
As well as their UK buying team, Siemens Austria are sending delegates with specific responsibility for the new Deep Tube trains for London Underground's Piccadilly Line.
The Swiss manufacturer is currently delivering trains for Greater Anglia and the Glasgow Subway, with new EMUs for Merseyrail set to follow along with a substantial order for Transport for Wales, which includes tram-trains, tri-mode and diesel-electric multiple-units. The firm is also shortlisted to bid for the contract for new Tyne & Wear Metro trains.
Noted for its short articulated vehicle design, Talgo’s portfolio includes Very High Speed trains along with regional and commuter vehicles. In November 2018 the company announced plans to develop two UK-based facilities: a factory at Longannet in Scotland and an innovation centre at Chesterfield in Derbyshire. Talgo has submitted a bid for the HS2 rolling stock contract.
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