New EMR Aurora train

East Midlands Railway Aurora contract awarded to Sheffield manufacturer

East Midlands Railway (EMR) and Hitachi Rail has chosen Sheffield manufacturing firm Stauff to supply numerous components for its new Intercity fleet.

The deal with Stauff will help support a range of specialist manufacturing jobs in Sheffield.

Specialist clamping solutions, tube manipulation, flexible hose assemblies and fittings will be provided by Stauff.

Stauff has been a part of Hitachi Rail’s global supply chain since 2012 and this move will help the company invest and innovate its manufacturing techniques.

The Aurora fleet is set to be rolled out in 2023 and passengers will benefit from more seats and modern interiors.

The new trains will include air conditioning, free WiFi, plug sockets and better passenger information screens and will have the ability to run on overhead electric lines.

Ken Cleal, UK Head of Production at Stauff spoke on the partnership with EMR and Hitachi rail.

Mr Cleal said: “We are delighted to be working with a local train operating company.

“[The Partnership will] help bring the new Aurora fleet to the people of Sheffield and the East Midlands.

“We have a long history working in the railway industry.

“The ongoing collaboration with companies such as Hitachi Rail and EMR are key for us to help grow and maintain specialist manufacturing in the UK.”

EMR also recognised the importance of the partnership between EMR, Stauff and Hitachi Rail.

Lisa Angus, Transitions and Projects Director at EMR said: “When our new Aurora Fleet comes into service, the people of Sheffield can be proud that specialist manufacturing from their city has played a vital part in their introduction.

“Sheffield has a long manufacturing history.

“The awarding of this contract is another example of how the railway is supporting specialist skills and jobs in the city.”

The manufacturing of EMR’s new Aurora fleet is set to take place at Hitachi Rail’s UK factory.


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