Railway Industry Association (RIA) members toured Tratos’ manufacturing facilities in June to see the production of compliant cables for railway applications as part of the group’s Traction & Rolling Stock Technical meeting.
RIA chose to hold its meeting at the company’s Knowsley factory and attendees took the opportunity to tour Tratos’ cable manufacturing facility and view the copper-winding, insulation and sheathing processes involved in cable production.
Anglo-Italian company Tratos has manufactured cables for Rail and Mass Transit applications for more than ten years, specialising in the production of signalling, power, control, fibres and telecommunications cables for the railway sector.
The company is often called upon to develop products that meet high quality industry as well as specific client specifications. Tratos has a reputation for providing customers, some of the largest rail sector companies in Europe, with innovative cable designs.
Chris Harris, Tratos UK Sales Manager, Mass Transit said: “We are very pleased to have hosted this event today. Tratos is an innovative and a quality cable manufacturer with a growing reputation but in addition to this we are a company that is investing in UK cable manufacturing and the tour of our facilities today demonstrated that point.”
The event also included presentations from:
- Dr Jeremy Hodge, Chief Executive of British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) on fire testing of materials to EN45545-2
- Neil Ovenden, Railway Delivery Group Supply Chain Lead presented information on the RDG Supply Chain Forum activities and ReFocus, the RDG and TOCs’ initiative for working with the supply chain to improve fleet reliability
- Bridget Eickhoff of RSSB who provided a T&RS Standards & Research Update
- Ian Dolman of Faiveley Wabtec who updated the group on activities and opportunities for suppliers of the North-West Rail Industry Leaders’ Group.