HS2 looking for UK-based suppliers as new contract opportunities set to be released

HS2 looking for UK-based suppliers as new contract opportunities set to be released

HS2 is looking towards the next stage of its delivery phase as it hopes to broaden its UK-based supply chain for the build of new high-speed trains.

Hitachi and Alstom were awarded the £2 billion contract to build the new generation of high-speed trains in Derby, County Durham and Crewe however, HS2 along with Hitachi and Alstom are looking for delivery partners to help fit out the interiors of the new trains.

Tier Two contract opportunities are set to be launched and HS2 are organising a ‘Meet the Contractor’ event in Manchester on Tuesday 11 July to provide companies who are interested in the opportunities to find out a little more.

Businesses that specialise in the supply of exterior coatings, decals, emergency equipment, high voltage cables and electrical cubicles are also encouraged to attend.

Ruth Todd, HS2’s chief commercial officer said: “My advice to businesses of all sizes is to think outside of the box, as these contract opportunities aren’t limited to companies already working in the rail sector.

“If you’re supplying storage solutions for motor homes, windows for aeroplanes or internal panels for office buildings then we want to hear from you. These contracts present a real opportunity for growth over the next five years, and we want to see more UK businesses thrive as a result of HS2’s construction.”

Contract opportunities linked to the design and build of HS2’s fleet of high speed trains include:

  • Exterior Coating
  • Skirts (incl. bogie covers, underframe, roof)
  • Fabrications
  • Electrical Cables and Cabinets/Harnesses (incl. high voltage cable, electrical cubicles)
  • Electricals (incl. electrical cubicle)
  • Interior assemblies (incl. handles, rails, walls, luggage racks, ceiling modules, decals)
  • Insulation, emergency equipment, hoses and pipework

More information about the event, which is being held on 11th July at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, can be found on HS2’s website or at https://ow.ly/Y6kw50OIKpu

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