Greater Manchester based cable and pipe seal manufacturer Roxtec UK is reporting rapid growth across the European rail sector after doubling sales to more than £750,000 in the last 12 months.
Roxtec Divisional Manager for Infrastructure & Industry, David Chalmers, said UK sales grew substantially by 120pc, following a series of high-profile project wins in the rail sector. The deals have contributed to sustained growth over a four-year period, for new and retrofit applications.
Mr Chalmers said orders were secured for Crossrail, LoTrain, East Anglia, South Western Railway and West Midlands. Whilst ongoing projects with London Underground and Network Rail for infrastructure, are underpinning growth and creating new job opportunities at the firm.
The recent success has also enabled them to invest in their team, appointing Ric Kirman as the new Rail Infrastructure Market Manager.
“Roxtec UK has enjoyed another record-breaking year in the rail sector,” said Mr Chalmers. “We have developed strong business partnerships in the rail and rolling stock markets where we deliver specialist cable, pipe and conduit seals. We offer a complete package from design, engineering, installation training, maintenance and inspection support. Some key projects driving growth include the delivery of multi-cable transit systems for London Underground and heavy-duty cable seal solutions for Network Rail’s London Bridge Station. We are also involved in pioneering projects such as Crossrail’s new Elizabeth Line for London and the South East. This passes through 42km of tunnels and is currently one of Europe’s largest infrastructure project.”
Roxtec UK is a British subsidiary of the £173million turnover Swedish headquartered Roxtec Group. In 2018, the UK operation delivered a record financial year led by managing director Clive Sharp, pictured above at railway station. Following three successive years of stable turnover, UK sales rose substantially in the 2017/18 financial year to more than £6million.
Mr Chalmers said Roxtec’s products are proving very popular in the rail sector because they provide customers with a simple sealing solution, protecting against multiple and complex hazards. These include effects of lightning strikes, gas, fire, dust, flood, humidity, rodents, electro-magnetic disturbances and the risk of explosion. The unique sealing solutions are certified to cover all requirements for rail facilities and systems, including London Underground, within electrification, signalling and communication.
“Our solutions make it possible to route multiple cables and conduits of different sizes through openings in rail and rolling stock, as well as allowing our customers to add additional services at a later stage – without making new holes. Some applications Roxtec’s solutions can be applied to include signalling and rail control, communications, tunnels and bridges, railway stations and rail yards.
“Within the rolling stock arena, we offer cable management and sealing solutions for jumper plates, bogies, HVAC systems, junction boxes, pantograph and partition walls. We offer cable retention systems tested for shock & vibration and dynamic forces. Roxtec’s pre-configured sealing solutions are tested and certified according to standards such as EN 45545:3, up to E60 EN 45545:2 HL3 and BS EN 1366 up to EI120 in order to guarantee long-term protection against multiple risks, Roxtec are Network Rail and London Underground approved. We can also create customised solutions according to specific needs and requirements.”
Roxtec provides comprehensive technical CPD seminars to the rail industry. This covers protection of assets and ensures reliable operation with certified cable sealing systems.
Roxtec was founded in Sweden in 1990, with its UK base in Bury, Greater Manchester. It is now the global leader in the manufacture of innovative cable and pipe transit systems, supplying many of the world’s biggest firms. It is active in 80 markets. Roxtec’s products are designed to seal cables and pipes and are used to protect people, buildings and equipment from multiple hazards. Its key market sectors include Marine, Oil and Gas, Telecoms, Construction, Power (generation, distribution and transmission) OEM (e.g. trains, engines, motors, generators) and the Process Industries. Roxtec has a Triple-A credit rating and is actively expanding into new areas offering innovative and safe sealing solutions to a variety of industries.