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 2018 event more than 200 appointments were scheduled and completed. The 2019 figure is expected to exceed that.
The following companies have already confirmed their participation and new buyers are being added all the time.
Application forms, which should be submitted to Rail Forum Midlands, can be downloaded here
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.
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.
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.
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. Last year it was awarded the contract to build 94 new Deep Tube trains for London Underground’s Piccadilly Line, alongside which it is to set up a new manufacturing facility at Goole in East Yorkshire. The company has also submitted a bid for the HS2 rolling stock contract.
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.