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Hitachi Rail looks to Totalkare for lifting jacks

Hitachi Rail invests in railway lifting jacks from Totalkare

A Hitachi Rail vehicle manufacturing facility in the North East has recently been boosted by the installation of railway lifting jacks from Totalkare.

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling services and turnkey. Its manufacturing and assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, employs 700 people currently building rolling stock.

The introduction of eight new 15,000kg railway lifting jacks from lifting and testing experts Totalkare will provide Hitachi Rail with flexibility for future projects, with the jacks initially being used to lift metro style carriages during the manufacturing process.

“We’ve manufactured these lifting jacks in line with Hitachi Rail’s bespoke requirements, with attention paid to the size of the outriggers, height of the anvil and the lifting capacity of each lifting jack,” said Totalkare Area Sales Manager Adam Bowser, “These will be supported through our comprehensive Afterkare service package which includes two visits per year.”

“We have an existing relationship with Totalkare’s European manufacturing partner Emanuel, having previously used their lifting jacks in Italy,” said Wayne Abbott, Manufacturing Engineer for Hitachi Rail, “Totalkare was the only supplier who could tailor a solution specifically to our requirements and we look forward to the added flexibility they will provide to the Newton Aycliffe facility.”

Totalkare is a new face in the rail industry supply chain, having partnered with Italian manufacturer Emanuel early in 2019, but is the UK’s market-leading supplier of mobile column lifts in the bus & coach and commercial vehicle markets with a network of field service engineers covering the UK.  This year sees the company celebrate 40 years of supplying mobile column lifts in the UK.