Advanced Materials & Manufacturing

Bumper Welsh presence at Railtex 2017

Leading Welsh companies are doubling their presence at Railtex this year – the rail industry’s leading exhibition in the UK – to demonstrate how their creativity and originality is making an impact internationally.

The trade show is held every other year and the Welsh Government is taking a prominent space with eight Welsh companies exhibiting.

Mold-based coatings specialists GLS Coatings Ltd are again exhibiting following a substantial success at the last Railtex which bought in a six-figure sum business for the company. George Green, general manager of GLS Coatings Ltd, said: “Following enquiries we subsequently gained £200,000-worth of business, much of which can be directly attributed to our being at Railtex.

“We had launched our trademarked GLS 100R which electrically insulates up to 35,000 volts. It is used throughout the UK rail network to prevent bird-strikes shorting the overhead line and to eliminate ‘touch-potential’ issues with signalling location cases for Network Rail.

“As GLS 100R was becoming increasingly known and saving Network Rail substantial amounts of money, many delegates headed straight for our Railtex stand. We were kept exceptionally busy answering technical enquiries and we showed a specially-commissioned video of our technicians at work coating the footbridge at York Station. That work was carried out in December 2014 and there have been no line trips since then.

“I was delighted that we were chosen by the Welsh Government to exhibit once again on their stand, which will be demonstrating the excellence, diversity and innovation of Welsh companies and the benefits we bring.”

Since Railtex 2015, GLS Coatings Ltd has also used the GLS 100R product to apply anti-slip flooring to terrazzo tiles at some of the UK’s major railway station and footbridges.

Terry Gee, who co-owns Cardiff-based rail security, electrical and telecoms company Gee Communications with his brother Chris, said: “We want to promote Gee Communications foremost as a Welsh company uniquely positioned to provide a service to anyone with an interest in investing in Wales and procuring our services. Railtex is one of the most popular shop windows in the railway industry calendar and gives us a chance to discuss face to face with suppliers, manufacturers, competitors, governing bodies and clients. We are delighted to have been selected by the Welsh Government to partner with them on their stand over the three days.”

Broughton-based DataScope develop fatigue management solutions for the rail industry. Sales and marketing manager Rod Jones said: “We recently launched a range of multi-platform apps which proactively manage fatigue, ensuring that rail operatives are kept safe. We know that our system is unique in the world – and that it can save lives. Operatives can also manage close calls and be safe in the knowledge that there’s an audit trail in place to manage such risks. The system is already used widely by Network Rail together with a number of the principal contractors working on rail and highways projects, but we’re keen to further our exposure within the global rail industry at Railtex.”

The full list of Welsh companies attending Railtex are: ALC, Morgan Advanced Engineering, GLS, Datascope Systems, PCC, GOS, Furrer and Frey, and Gee Communications.

More Railtext event information can be found here.