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16.08.13

Glass contract agreed by Hitachi for IEP

Hitachi has signed a preferred contractor agreement with north east glass manufacturer Romag to supply side windows for Class 800/801 trains as part of the IEP.

Romag is based in Consett, near Newton Aycliffe where Hitachi is building its new factory to assemble the rolling stock. Delivery of the windows will start in spring 2014.

Keith Jordan, managing director of Hitachi Rail Europe said: “Among the many supplier contracts we have now signed with British-based companies, Romag is situated most closely to our new train factory in Newton Aycliffe. We are delighted that we are working with local companies that can supply to the high quality requirements we need to build highly reliable, comfortable trains for the UK in the UK.”

Jamie Foster, procurement director at Hitachi Rail Europe, added: “Hitachi has always been very clear that only companies that can meet our high quality standards while offering a competitive cost will be selected to supply to the Class 800/801 trains. Romag have consistently demonstrated their commitment to that request. And as a result I am happy for us to show our commitment to them through this award.”

Phil Murray, managing director of Romag, said: “We are delighted to have signed the preferred contractor agreement with Hitachi Rail Europe and look forward to working closely as a trusted supplier in the coming years.

“This award demonstrates that North East manufacturing can compete successfully in today’s global market. We faced fierce competition for this contract and our success is testament to the skills and dedication of the workforce here in Consett. This will provide Romag with a solid platform on which we can build future success.”

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Comments

Nick Andrews   17/08/2013 at 10:23

Are we really going to get a press release and news story every time a UK supplier gets to supply a nut or bolt to IEP? It is still a Japanese train being built by a Japanese company as this country was too short sighted to maintain its manufacturing base. We are to quick to sell off the family silver and let foreign companies own UK companies including infrastructure and manufacturing. It doesn't happen elsewhere in the works, just here. The present UK government, like its predecessors, are a disgrace and only interested in a quick buck and lining their own pockets.

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