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Partnership on track to keep rail manufacturing in the UK

Two well established UK manufacturing businesses are giving the nation’s rail sector a much-needed boost by collaborating on a project for a new fleet of rail haulage locomotives.

Coventry-based MNB Precision has continued its diversification into the rail market after supplying precision engineered parts to be fitted into new axle mounted locomotive gearboxes for Clayton Equipment, a UK manufacturer of battery, trolley, and diesel locomotives for mining, tunnelling and mainline applications.

The partnership comes at an exciting time for the UK rail industry as it starts to recover from difficult previous years. The £14.8 billion Crossrail line linking east and west London, and other high profile rail contracts are contributing significantly to the recovery of the rail industry at a time when The Rail Industry Association has reported that 70 per cent of its members are currently reporting business to be higher than normal.

Clayton Equipment, based in Burton-upon-Trent, has been manufacturing locomotives for the last 85 years and, in that time, has manufactured over 5,000 locomotives for markets all over the world. Key to the company’s global reputation for quality is the fact that its products come with a prestigious ‘Made in the UK’ stamp, making partnerships with fellow UK manufacturing businesses important.

Clive Hannaford, Operations Director at Clayton Equipment commented: “Using British manufactured parts is key to us and we are often keen to emphasize this to our customers. The ‘Made in the UK’ stamp is still highly respected globally and our customers do ask us how much of our products are UK sourced. Building partnerships with businesses such as MNB enables us to retain the UK manufacturing heritage and also access a fast turnaround for production.”

MNB Precision took Clayton Equipment’s own design for bearing houses and seal housings that will be fitted into the gearbox to facilitate its assembly before machining the parts according to bespoke requirements. For MNB, it’s the size of the company’s machining capabilities that is attracting work in the rail sector, as the company continues to diversify from its oil and gas heritage. The business is one of a very small number of engineering companies in the UK with the capability to precision engineer a product to four microns over eight metres, an engineering capacity that is typically difficult to source.

Luke Benton, Managing Director of MNB Precision commented: “The UK has a long history of rail engineering excellence so it’s great for us to be able to work alongside a business such as Clayton Equipment, who have long been champions of this industry. Our work together demonstrates that there is still demand for UK-manufactured goods in the rail sector and our machining capabilities put us in a strong position to work with similar businesses as the UK regains its position as a world leader in rail.”

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About MNB Precision
Established over 35 years ago, MNB Precision is a family run business based in Coventry, which provides manufacturing and precision engineering services to world leading companies across the oil and gas, power generation, rail, aerospace and other manufacturing industries. Specialising in precision engineering, the company’s 36,000 ft² factory offers services including CNC milling and turning, Jig Boring, Spark Erosion, Wire Erosion, Grinding and Shot Penning. These in house capabilities are supplemented with a robust and controlled supply chain, enabling the business to offer an efficient turnkey solution to customers globally.

For further information, please contact:
Luke Benton, Managing Director, MNB Precision on Tel: 02476 696950, or John Edden, Bridge PR & Media Services on Tel: 024 7652 0025, or Email: john@bridgepr.co.uk

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