London, December 19, 2013 – Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. announced today that it has selected British based company Eminox, as its preferred partner to provide the exhaust systems for the new East Coast and Great Western Main Line Class 800 series trains.
The multi-million pound contract, which follows a six month selection process, will see Eminox manufacture and supply exhaust systems to be fitted to the new fleet of trains that will be built at Hitachi Rail Europe’s new £82 million plant in Newton Aycliffe as part of the Intercity Express Programme.
Jamie Foster, Procurement Director, Hitachi Rail Europe said: “We are already working with a large number of British suppliers on the new Class 800 series trains and I am pleased that Eminox is to become another partner for us. Ensuring that our trains and their engines are as clean, efficient and environmentally friendly as possible is very important to us. Eminox were able to demonstrate that they had considerable experience of supplying similar systems to the rail sector successfully delivering the high standards we are looking for. We look forward to working with them.”
Nick Lyons, Managing Director, Eminox said: “Winning this multi million pound contract was of significant strategic importance for our company. It supported our move to a brand new larger capacity factory and has enabled us to secure the future and further develop our skilled technical staff to meet this exciting challenge. It also provides a platform for the company’s further growth in the European rail industry delivering technical solutions for complex emissions problems.”
(Agility Trains, of which Hitachi Rail Europe is the main shareholder, last year won the contract to provide trains for the Intercity Express Programme and Hitachi Rail Europe will design, manufacture and deliver the trains into daily passenger service.)