21 May 2014
Making tracks for the rail industry. Earlier in May, John attended the Rail Alliance Supply Chain conference held at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park. The event was opened by Gary Dimmock from the Wolverhampton Business Centre and Chaired by Colin Flack CEO, Rail Alliance. The event was well attended with more than 80 delegates from a broad range of suppliers within the West and
East Midlands. The key themes from the day highlighted the continued growth in both rolling stock and rail infrastructure and how the demand is increasingly being met by smaller SME sized companies providing innovative product and service solution.
Key note presentations from Tim Ward of Alstom and Neil Tinworth of Unipart Rail described the scale and complexity of current and new projects. Changing technical demands from the industry, including longer life of rolling stock, the need for weight reduction to improve efficiency and the incorporation of additional equipment into passenger trains were amongst those highlighted. The talks also brought the latest news from the HS2 project as the industry tries to manage the planning, public relations and consultation processes and dialogue with several different organisations.
From a Oneflow perspective the purpose of the day was to establish if any opportunities existed in the rail sector for our proven Contract Assembly and Engineering Services as well as a networking opportunity with potential suppliers. Upon reflection John commented “I spoke with a number of potential suppliers based locally in Coventry and found some interesting possibilities for Oneflow within the rail sector”.
Watch this space!