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Hitachi investment in train factory tops £100million with new building completion

Press Release   •   Aug 24, 2018 10:07 BST

L-R: Ross Nagle, Phil Wilson MP, Phil Lloyd (who won the naming competition)
  • Hitachi opens £5million building at Newton Aycliffe, taking total investment in the site to over £100million
  • Investment in Newton Aycliffe felt across the North and country with over 1000 British suppliers used by Hitachi
  • Phil Wilson MP opens the building , named by a member of staff at the factory


Hitachi announces the opening of a new building at their train factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. The £5million building, which increases production capacity, means Hitachi’s total investment in the site reaches over £100million.

Established in 2015, Newton Aycliffe is building intercity and commuter fleets harnessing Japanese bullet train technology. Its first order was the Government-led £5.7bn Intercity Express Programme which includes the Azuma fleet for the East Coast main line

The new building, named ‘Aspire’ following a staff competition, was opened by Phil Wilson MP.

Investment felt across The North

Hitachi’s investment in Newton Aycliffe has supported thousands of jobs in the North.

As well as creating 730 permanent jobs at the factory, Hitachi uses a British supply chain for train parts.

The train builder has spent over £628m in past few years using 1166 British suppliers who employ thousands of people.

This is part of a long-term investment in British manufacturing as an important member of the Northern Powerhouse delivering the government’s industrial strategy.

70% of parts that are locally fitted for new intercity trains are sourced within 40 miles of the factory, whilst £20million was spent with regional supplies in 2017 alone.

Ross Nagle, Chief Operating Officer for Manufacturing said:

“Our train building team are delivering truly world class trains to run across the country, and this new building is another step in Newton Aycliffe’s development. We are proud add a new chapter to the region’s rail heritage and seeing our long-term investment making a real impact to manufacturing in the North”

Phil Wilson MP welcomed the new investment by Hitachi:

“The ripple effect of Hitachi’s investment is being felt across the North East, for every one job created by them an additional 1.5 are created nearby. I’ll be working hard to help Hitachi win more orders, which will not only support train building jobs, but also thousands more in the regional supply chain.” 

About Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd.

Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE) is a global transport specialist with over 100 years of experience building pioneering trains, offering quality maintenance and developing innovative new technology. As a leader in rail we’re improving transport for passengers, connecting communities and helping to boost the UK’s economy.

Having delivered the hugely popular Javelin HS1 fleet in advance of the 2012 London Games, Hitachi is delivering major orders for new trains, with 281 due to be in service by 2021. The first wave of new trains is being made at our purpose-built factory in County Durham and entered passenger service in 2017 as part of the UK Government’s £5.7bn Intercity Express Programme. With a proud reputation for innovation, Hitachi is at the forefront of using new digital technology to enhance passenger experience and enrich Britain’s railway’s heritage. Hitachi rail is growing rapidly, employing over 2,000 people and soon to be operational at 15 locations across the UK.

For more information about the company, please visit: www.Hitachirail-eu.com .

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