Hi-Tech

Bombardier wins £1billion order

Bombardier has signed a deal with Abiello UK to build 1,000 new carriages for East Anglia's rail network. 

We look forward to working with our customer the Abiello UK, to support them in transforming rail services throughout the region and delivering an enhanced customer experience through the provision of new trains.
— Des McKeon, UK Commercial Director at Bombardier Transportation

The deal worth £1billion — the same as London's Crossrail project — will secure 1,000 of Bombardier's 1,600 jobs based at its Litchurch Lane site for the foreseeable future. 

Des McKeon, UK Commercial Director at Bombardier Transportation, said: "We look forward to working with our customer the Abiello UK, to support them in transforming rail services throughout the region and delivering an enhanced customer experience through the provision of new trains." 

Bombardier will be building 660 of the new carriages in Derby which shall be similar to those currently in production for London's Elizabeth Line. At the same time, Bombardier has formed a joint venture with Hitachi to bid for the next major London Underground contract, due later this year.

Bombardier hails "very good" turnaround progress

Bondholder Bombardier has reported "very good progress" globally with revenues of £2.5 billion for the three months to the end of June 2016.

In the first six months of the year, revenues reached £4.82 billion, a fall on the £5.27 billion reported for the first half of 2015. The company said the decline was down to a "planned reduction in business aircraft revenues", adding that its transportation division had experienced a "solid" quarter.

We delivered on our financial commitments, achieved our program milestones and positioned Bombardier to meet both our full year guidance and 2020 goals.
— Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive at Bombardier

President and Chief Executive Alain Bellemare said: "We continue to make very good progress executing our turnaround plan. We delivered on our financial commitments, achieved our program milestones and positioned Bombardier to meet both our full year guidance and 2020 goals."

Bombardier secures multi-million pound deal

Bondholder Bombardier has received an order worth an estimated £100million from Pride Park-based Porterbrook Leasing.

Porterbrook is buying 92 Class 387 Electrostar vehicles from Bombardier which are in addition to a previous order placed for a similar value back in October last year.

In a statement, the company said: "With this investment, Porterbrook demonstrates its support to the aspirations of the rail industry and the Department for Transport to alleviate the capacity pinch points in the network and provide Britain with a sustainable, world-class transport system. This latest acquisition reaffirms Porterbrook's investment strategy in commuter multiple units and its longterm confidence in Bombardier's Electrostar platform."

With the latest order, it means that Great Western will receive 148 new carriages. In addition to this, 32 carriages are already being built by Bombardier, bringing the total number destined for the train operator to 180.

The order is yet another welcome boost for Litchurch Lane, which recently opened its £12.5million testing and commissioning facility, called V Shop, which will initially be used to test trains destined for Crossrail, in London, which has been renamed the Elizabeth Line.

Bombardier unveils £12.5m Crossrail facility

Bondholder Bombardier has unveiled a £12.5million Crossrail testing and commissioning facility to check Derby-made trains designed for the Crossrail line in London.

Crossrail is Europe's largest construction project and Bombardier will be hiring more staff as the £1billion project moves into the production phase.

The 10,400 square metre building was built by Balfour Beatty and includes four "multi-functional" train lines, each with full-length overhead lines, that connect into the site's existing test track facilities. It has also created office space in the form of a two-storey annex with room for up to 90 staff.

The site was opened by transport minister Patrick McLoughlin, who commented: "Bombardier has witnessed some difficult times - but now it can look to the future with positivity. The opening of this building is a historic moment for Bombardier, Derby and the U.K. Rail industry as a whole."

The opening of this building is a historic moment for Bombardier, Derby and the U.K. Rail industry as a whole
— Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport

Rolls-Royce despatches first set of engines for largest Emirates order

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has despatched the first ‘shipset’ of four engines as part of its largest ever order, for Emirates. The Trent 900 engines left the Rolls-Royce site at Derby, UK, where they were assembled, for Airbus in Toulouse, France, where they will be fitted to an A380 aircraft.

Rolls-Royce is providing Trent 900 engines and TotalCare® service for 50 Emirates A380s, the first of which will enter service later this year.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “This is an important milestone in delivering the largest order in our history for a highly-respected customer. We look forward to celebrating Emirates’ first Rolls-Royce powered A380 flight and ensuring the entire fleet has a smooth entry into service.”

The order from Emirates was announced last year and confirmed the Trent 900 as the engine of choice on the four-engine A380. It has now secured more than 50 per cent market share on the aircraft, in addition to being selected by the majority of A380 customers. Emirates recently confirmed that it will operate an additional two A380s that will be powered by the same engine with TotalCare service support.

The launch of the Trent 900 received UK Government support and components for the Trent 900 are manufactured by Rolls-Royce facilities across the UK including Sunderland, Bristol, Ansty, Barnoldswick and Inchinnan, Scotland. The Trent 900 is assembled in both Derby and Singapore.

The Trent 900 powered the first commercial A380 in 2007 and is now used by eight operators on more than 70 aircraft, having logged nearly five million in-service flight hours. The engine offers the lowest lifetime fuel burn, with the latest version including technology developed for the Trent XWB and Trent 1000 engines. 

This is an important milestone in delivering the largest order in our history for a highly-respected customer. We look forward to celebrating Emirates’ first Rolls-Royce powered A380 flight and ensuring the entire fleet has a smooth entry into service.
— Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace

Derby's rail cluster expands again

A Scottish rail consultancy is the latest firm to open new premises in Derby, home to the world's largest cluster of rail companies for 175 years.

Racon, which provides consultancy services to the rail industry, will be moving into the newly-refurbished premises. Derby office manager, Steve Smith, said: "We were looking for a high quality office environment on Pride Park in close proximity to our customer base and Riverside Court fitted the bill perfectly in terms of providing a prestigious base from which to launch the Derby office."

Racon Management Services has taken 1,150 sq ft of space at 9 Riverside Court on Pride Park in a deal brokered by Bondholder FHP Property Consultants.

Rolls-Royce welcomes £2bn China Eastern deal

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has announced a deal with China Eastern - China's second largest airline - where it has selected 20 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft which are powered by the Trent XWB engine.

As the world's most efficient large civil aero engine, 1,500 Trent XWB engines have already been sold to 40 customers. Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce's Director of Customers and Services - Civil Aerospace, said: "We welcome this decision by China Eastern to select the A350 XWB. We now look forward to powering the aircraft with our Trent XWB engine."

This is China Eastern's first selection of the Airbus A350 XWB. Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines already power 51 China Eastern Airbus A330 aircraft in service.

We welcome this decision by China Eastern to select the A350 XWB. We now look forward to powering the aircraft with our Trent XWB engine
— Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce's Director of Customers and Services - Civil Aerospace

Industry expert joins epm

Bondholder epm: technology group has expanded its business development team with the appointment of Samantha Littler to join colleagues Mark Gould and Matt Courtnage.

Having experienced market professionals like Mark, Matt and Sam managing our existing relationships as well as sourcing new business, means our customers are in the very best of hands.
— Graham Mulholland, Managing Director of epm: technology

Managing Director Graham Mulholland said: "Having experienced market professionals like Mark, Matt and Sam managing our existing relationships as well as sourcing new business, means our customers are in the very best of hands."

As well as having experience at director level, Samantha has worked for the last eight years within the fast-paced manufacturing industries of aerospace, automotive and motorsport.

Graham added: "The expansion of our business development team reflects our overall policy to increase staff levels to keep pace with demand for our services and to maintain our position as best-in-class when it comes to composite engineering." 

Rolls-Royce brings 350 jobs to Derby

Bondholder and hi-tech giant Rolls-Royce has confirmed plans to create 350 jobs at it's Derby head office.

Rolls' 8,000-strong civil aerospace workforce in the city is being expanded to meet the steep increase in production of its Trent XWB engine after securing £30bn worth of orders for it.

A spokesperson said: "We are working with employee representative to increase the size of the workforce involved in assembling the engine. Rolls-Royce is committed to the UK and we have announced well in excess of £400m of investment in new facilities here in the last couple of years alone, including £30m on the extension of our Trent XWB production facility in Derby."

Rolls-Royce is committed to the UK and we have announced well in excess of £400m of investment in new facilities here in the last couple of years alone, including £30m on the extension of our Trent XWB production facility in Derby

Global giant opens at RTC

Global engineering giant Siemens has opened an office on the LCR-owned RTC Business Park in Derby.

Siemens needed a permanent base in Derby due to its involvement in upcoming projects in the area, such as the £137 million revamp of Derby Midland Station in 2018.

It’s a great pleasure to open this office. I’m very proud of what we’ve done here
— Matthew Kent, Delivery Director at Siemens

The new office has some staff transferred from Birmingham and some new recruits. Now working at the office is a team of 35, but there's also capacity to double the team.

Rob Morris, Delivery Director at Siemens, said: "We already have a great team of people here who have produced outstanding work with colleagues from Network Rail. Establishing the new office in the same building as Network Rail's team means we can continue to work just as closely but from our own permanent base - allowing us scope and capacity to grow quickly."

The team has already started work for the Derby station remodelling programme and Delivery Director Matthew Kent commented: "It's a great pleasure to open this office. I'm very proud of what we've done here."

Toyota speeds past rivals for global crown

Global car manufacturer and Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) has fought off what was nearly a close call with Volkswagen to remain the world's top-selling car-maker for the fourth consecutive year.

Selling 10.15million vehicles worldwide in 2015, Toyota beat Volkswagen who sold 9.93 million after sales slowed following the company's emissions scandal.

Industry experts predict that Volkswagen's sales will continue to fall behind for the foreseeable future, which means Toyota is likely to remain on top.

At Toyota's plant in Burnaston, both the Auris and Avensis models are manufactured. Despite having brand new designs, the plant managed to produce 10.4% more units than the year before.

Rolls-Royce soars with orders of £3bn

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has won two orders totalling $3bn - a $2.7bn order from Norwegian for Trent 1000 engines and TotalCare© long-term service support for 19 new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and an order worth $300m to provide ANA Group with Trent 900 engines for use in three new A380 aircraft.

This decision further develops our relationship with Rolls-Royce and we look forward to operating aircraft powered by the latest version of the Trent 1000
— Bjorn Kjos, CEO at Norwegian

The Norwegian deal also includes TotalCare© for Trent 1000 engines that will power 11 previously-announced leased Boeing 787s yet to enter service. 

Bjorn Kjos, CEO at Norwegian, said: "This decision further develops our relationship with Rolls-Royce and we look forward to operating aircraft powered by the latest version of the Trent 1000, which sets new standards of performance.

Rolls-Royce's deal with ANA Group reinforces the Trent 900's position as the engine of choice on the A380 as it has been selected by the majority of A380 customers.

Dominic Horwood, Director, Customers & Services - Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce said: "ANA Group is an extremely respected and valued customer and we are honoured that they have chosen us again to power their new airplane."

Engineering company listed in Sunday Times Top 100

Civil engineering firm and Bondholder Aspin Group has been named as one of the fastest-growing companies in terms of sales in the UK.

Based on Pride Park, the company placed 82nd in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table and has worked on projects with Network Rail and Balfour Beatty.

This is a fantastic achievement and a reflection of the dedication and hard work from our staff

The league table takes into account companies with the fastest-growing sales over three years and in the case of Aspin Group, the company has managed to triple its sales figures to £38.5 million this year.

A spokesperson for Aspin Group said: "This is a fantastic achievement and a reflection of the dedication and hard work from our staff. Our company ethos of working together 'as solution providers' has contributed to this acknowledgement and we will continue to build on this success to develop and grow the company further."

The company specialises in the design and construction of foundations for the rail sector and across industry. Aspin has benefited recently from continued investment in the rail sector - such as the electrification of parts of the rail network including the Midland Line. The company's growth has also been achieved through the expansion of its range of products and services and the end markets it serves including waterways, highways and energy.

Altran partners to make intelligent vehicles

Global leader in innovation and Marketing Derby Bondholder Altran has announced its partnership with Jaguar Land Rover to develop and market a unique and groundbreaking open software platform.

This is a great example of international collaboration, where best-in-class expertise has delivered a game-changing product
— Mike Simms, CEO of Altran

This platform will revolutionise traditional Electrical and Electronic (E/E) automotive architectures by bringing together cutting-edge industrial and engineering techniques with the processes, methods and tools found in the consumer electronics industry.

Mike Simms, CEO of Bondholder Altran commented: "At Altran UK we are very proud to be key stakeholders in a project that will prove to be an asset of enormous value to the Altran Group. Our long-standing relationship with Jaguar Land Rover has allowed us to co-develop an architecture that will set new standards across industry sectors going forward. I congratulate our automotive team based here in Warwick and those with whom they have worked across the wider Group; this is a great example of international collaboration, where best-in-class expertise has delivered a game-changing product."

epm:technology secures £4m contract

Bondholder epm:technology has announced it will be finishing the year with the win of its first series production contract to manufacture high-quality, cosmetic components for a leading automotive client.

We’ve now secured substantial new orders in aerospace, motorsport, defence and new automotive market sectors which will see the epm group grow considerably throughout 2016
— Graham Mulholland, CEO of epm:technology group

CEO of epm:technology group Graham Mulholland said: "After a year of all years as we moved and settled into our new 60,000 sq ft technology centre, this order is great news for team epm and a fitting way to sign off the year as we all get ready for Christmas."

"We've now secured substantial new orders in aerospace, motorsport, defence and new automotive market sectors which will see the epm group grow considerably throughout 2016."

"This particular order is for a complex assembly of components which are very high-profile and we're thrilled to now be working closely with our clients as this first vehicle programme goes into production in Q1 2016."

"We now have clear vision of other components which will also go into production at various times throughout 2016. Therefore, we're clearly now on target for our automotive division to grow throughout next year as we continue to invest in our capabilities to be customer-focused and customer-ready."

Business Secretary opens new £30m production facility

Yesterday marked the official opening of Bondholder Rolls-Royce's £30m Production Facility extension to its Derby Assembly & Test Facility with a ceremony conducted by Business Secretary Sajid Javid. The news comes as new CEO Warren East presents his update on review of operations to the city today.

Mr East said: 'My review has underpinned my confidence about the opportunities before us and I am convinced that our long-term outlook is positive.'

The new 2867 metre-squared extension will increase capacity to assemble Trent civil aero engines and become the production hub for the Trent XWB - the world's most efficient large aero engine and the fastest-selling widebody engine in history.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: 'The opening is great news for the company, its workforce, and the UK. Aerospace is a great British success story. I want to capitalise on our world-leading capability so that we can win a big share of the £3.5 trillion market for new aircraft which will be needed over the next 20 years.'

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has installed new equipment and is making use of advanced manufacturing processes helping to boost productivity in order to meet customer demand. Over the next two to three years, Trent XWB production will grow to more than 300 engines per year. The engine is expected to be in service for many years, creating an annuity of aftermarket services that will generate revenues for decades to come.

Warren East added: 'It was a great pleasure to welcome the Business Secretary to open our new Production Facility extension. We are transforming our global industrial base and investing in innovative technology to help us deliver our record £76.5 billion order book. Our world-class Assembly & Test Facility in Derby will deliver a wide range of Trent civil aero engines including the Trent XWB. The Trent XWB engine is fundamental to the future growth of Rolls-Royce.'

 

Bombardier unveils billion pound design

Rail manufacturing giant Bombardier has unveiled the latest designs for its new Crossrail trains. The Bondholder company‘s designs showcase what Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, refers to as: 'the best of British design and engineering.'

It’s fantastic to think that these sleek new trains will soon be transporting millions of people across our great city and beyond. They’re feature packed, eye-catching machines that showcase the best of British design and engineering.
— Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Mr Johnson continues: 'It's fantastic to think that these sleek new trains will soon be transporting millions of people across our great city and beyond. They're feature packed, eye-catching machines that showcase the best of British design and engineering. They will add vital capacity to our rail network and will help to ensure our economy continues its onward journey full-steam ahead.

Bombardier was chosen by Transport for London to deliver the Crossrail trains in February last year, in a contract worth £1 billion. The contract covers the supply, delivery and maintenance of 65 new trains. Since then Bombardier has invested millions into its Derby site in preparation for production.

The new Crossrail trains will add an extra 10% capacity to London’s rail network and will provide space for up to 1,500 passengers. The trains will also offer full walk-through carriages, air conditioning and Wi-Fi and 4G as standard. The lightweight design of the carriages helps to ensure energy efficiency, with the new carriages using 30% less electricity than standard carriages.

I look forward to seeing the first train off the Derby production line next year, where this contract is supporting hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships.
— Claire Perry, Rail Minister

At more than 200m in length, the trains are over one and a half times longer than the longest Tube train.

The trains will be rolled out for service in May 2017 and should be fully operational by 2019.  

The Rail Minister, Claire Penny, said: 'I'm delighted that these British-built trains have been designed with customers at their heart, with onboard facilities that are fit for a truly 21st Century rail link. the spacious layout and longer trains will provide a significant boost to London's rail capacity, meaning better journeys for passengers and transforming the way people travel between east and west. I look forward to seeing the first train off the Derby production line next year, where this contract is supporting hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships.'

Bombardier is delighted to be working with TfL in designing, manufacturing and testing these iconic new trains for London - all done right here in the UK.
— Peter Doolin, Bombardier's Vice-President of Projects

Finally, Peter Doolin, Vice-President of Projects at Bombardier said: 'Bombardier is delighted to be working with TfL in designing, manufacturing and testing these iconic new trains for London - all done right here in the UK. The new Crossrail trains are based on our very latest Aventra product platform, which has proudly been designed and developed as a technology leading train for the UK. We look forward to continuing to work together with TfL on this flagship project to deliver these new trains for London.'

£6.75m Hi-Tech Hub Opens

Bondholder and producer of parts for high-performance sports and racing cars, epm:technology has now commenced production at its new £6.75m hi-tech factory.

“A world-class factory in a world-class location, with a world-class workforce” is how managing director, Graham Mulholland described the move.

Marketing Derby Bondholders have supported the move - Ivygrove Developments were responsible for constructing the building, legal advice services were provided by Smith Partnership, and Salloway put the property deal together.

In total, epm:technology has moved 103 staff to its state-of-the-art, purposely designed new manufacturing site in Raynesway, the most advanced of its kind in Europe. The investment was made possible by a £4.75 million loan from Derby City Council’s Derby Enterprise Growth Fund, designed to help businesses expand in order to create good-quality employment opportunities.

Graham Mulholland added: “Ensuring the continuation of production throughout our transitional period has been imperative and I am extremely proud to say that that goal has been achieved seamlessly which is a great testament to the entire epm team who have made it all possible.”

Graham Mulholland said “This is how we are going to improve our performance and the factory demonstrates that we really are a world-class operation that is worthy of working with global bluechip companies.”

The firm is recruiting more laminators and engineers to help it expand further to support future growth.

US Aerospace company lands in Derby

Marketing Derby is pleased to welcome the arrival of Florida-based aerospace company FTT (Florida Turbine Technologies) into the city, a move secured by the proactive work of its inward investment team with the support of colleagues across the city.

FTT specialise in engineering, developing and testing of turbines and other components for military and commercial aircraft, space propulsion and other industries including power stations.

FTT (UK) Ltd already has nine people at its Derby base. This number is set to increase over the next 12 months and could easily match the growth of their recent investment in Brandenburg, Germany where FTT’s headcount reached around 25 within just three years of setting up a base.

The company has taken leased offices in Sadler Bridge Studios, Derby City Council’s new £4.4m purpose-designed facility aimed at innovative businesses like FTT, as part of the wider £14.2m Derby Connect project. Their move has been supported by a £165,440 grant from the £20 million Derby Enterprise Growth Fund, run by Derby City Council to support growth and job creation for businesses in the city and surrounding area.

FTT Chief Engineer Robert Ress said “Derby is the perfect place to establish and expand our UK operations. We looked at various locations in the UK and the support we have received from Marketing Derby and Derby City Council was a crucial factor in our decision to come to the city. We were also keen to tap into the local engineering skills base and to work with the University of Derby to be involved in their work to develop new advanced manufacturing technologies”.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby commented “FTT were considering various locations in the UK but were drawn to Derby thanks to the high-tech credentials of the city, the quality of life here and the support that the Connect Derby team were prepared to make”.