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Mechan – lifting standards in depot maintenanceMechan provides a wide range of lifting and handling equipment to the rail industry.
It supplies depots worldwide with groundbreaking products designed and manufactured to exacting standards in the UK, helping rail providers improve servicing times and reach new levels of efficiency.
Incorporating technology proven to withstand the most challenging applications, Mechan’s equipment is inherently safe, reliable and serviceable by its global support network. The firm has established an international reputation for excellence by combining traditional engineering skills with innovative design and its headquarters in Sheffield, England, which have been at the heart of its operations since 1969, remain at the forefront of product development.
Mechan’s patented Megalink controller and flagship lifting jacks are renowned for their quality, flexibility and synchronicity and its durable turntables, bogie handling and under floor systems can be found in some of the sector’s most prestigious rail and tram depots.
Enjoying longstanding relationships with clients at home and overseas, Mechan is looking forward to continued progress this year, after building momentum in its export trade and delivering equipment that will play a key role in keeping the British transport network moving.
The firm secured its place in the record books after installing the largest capacity rail traverser in the UK at the Port of Felixstowe’s new North Rail Terminal. With a capacity of 170 tonnes, the structure is one of a kind and the most advanced traverser ever produced by Mechan.
On the other side of the world, local distributor, Unique Rail, secured Mechan’s first order in Australia. A pair of ten tonne bogie rotators was supplied to Downer EDi Rail’s Newport depot in Victoria. They are the heaviest the firm has ever produced and will be used to maintain up to ten different types of locomotive.
Exports continue to play a starring role in development and Mechan is currently working with Associated Engineers, its partner in Hong Kong, on two new projects for national rail operators, MTR, which will increase its presence in the region.
A total of 24 lifting jacks with a 20 tonne capability and four bogie turntables are being constructed for the new Wong Chuk Hang depot on the south island line (east), due to open in 2015. A bogie drop has also been commissioned for the Shek Kong maintenance facility that will serve the Express Rail Link (XRL), connecting Hong Kong with Shenzhen and Guangzhou.
High speed rail remains the focus of Mechan’s most recent contracts at home, after a hat trick of orders was received as part of the UK government’s Intercity Express Programme (IEP).
Working with main contractor, VolkerFitzpatrick, a set of 40 lifting jacks and a bogie drop with two bridges has been installed at the North Pole depot in west London and the firm is developing a further two standard equipment drops for delivery to the new Stoke Gifford depot near Bristol.
Hitachi Rail Europe has also commissioned two traversers for its Newton Aycliffe facility, which is building high speed trains for the IEP. They will be installed in the spring – one inside and one outside – to move the vehicles between roads.
Mechan will have a working version of its celebrated Megalink jack controller on show at InnoTrans 2014, stand 206K, hall 2.2 in the British Pavilion. Its friendly team of experts will be on hand to answer questions about the firm’s wide range of standard and bespoke depot maintenance equipment and they look forward to meeting colleagues old and new from across the world.
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