Greater Manchester-based safety seal manufacturer Roxtec UK has recruited a new infrastructure manager as it looks to further benefit from strong growth in the rail industry.
Phil Jones has joined the company as market manager for rail infrastructure. He takes up his post as Roxtec seeks out further opportunities in the sector.
With a strong background in sales, Phil brings with him a wealth of experience in compliance and technical standards gained in previous roles, including fire protection specialist at an international insulation supplier to the building industry.
His role at Roxtec will involve finding new business and then guiding a project through the design stage, right through purchase and installation.
Roxtec offers a complete package to its clients, including support in all phases, from design, engineering and installation training through to maintenance and inspection.
It has been involved in several UK major projects as an investment in rail infrastructure continues to develop. Phil said: “I’m really looking forward to my new role and having the opportunity to play my part in the continuing growth of the business.
“Central to that will be building on Roxtec’s existing strong relationships in the rail sector and developing new ones as we look to seek out new opportunities.”
He added: “I was attracted to the job by the ambition of the business and its innovation. Also, the fact the role is not just purely about sales, it is also about providing technical solutions to customers, working closely with them throughout their project to see how to successfully fulfil their needs.”
Roxtec UK managing director Clive Sharp said: “We’re delighted to welcome Phil to the team and we’re looking forward to him playing a key role as we look for further opportunities in the rail sector, utilising all our industry experience and knowledge.”
Phil, 37, from Wirral, has joined Roxtec as it continues its work on several major rail projects, including several significant orders for train maker Alstom.
Its cable, pipe and conduit seals are found widely in facilities and systems within electrification, signalling and communication in both the rail and rolling stock markets, and are Network Rail and London Underground approved.
Roxtec’s key rail infrastructure work includes playing a role in the upgrade of the London Underground. The £5 billion Four Lines Modernisation project (4LM), which began in 2016, aims to update the Tube network’s Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines with hi-tech signalling equipment capable of boosting the frequency of trains and cutting down on delays.
The project has seen 51 new signalling rooms created, as well as equipment to house signalling cabinets along the 161km of track, with Roxtec products sealing cables going into and out of these buildings and cabinets.
4LM will enable the introduction of 192 longer S-stock trains which will run closer together. With 32 trains an hour, it is estimated that this will result in a 33 per cent increase in peak-hour capacity by 2023.
Roxtec also delivered heavy-duty cable seal solutions for Network Rail’s London Bridge Station, and it has been involved in pioneering schemes such as Crossrail’s new Elizabeth Line for London and the South East.
The business is supplying cable and pipe seals for use within tunnels, sub-stations, flood defences and signalling infrastructure as part of the UK’s HS2 project.
The global Roxtec Group has also supported several high-profile rail infrastructure projects across Europe. Commissioned in late 2020, the Ceneri Base Tunnel is part of the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA), created to allow more passenger and freight trains to run through the Alps, with shorter travel times.
The company’s cable transits were chosen to seal the pressure-tight control cabinets in the tunnel’s cross passages and technical niches.
Roxtec UK has a turnover of more than £6million and a team of 20 based at its Waterfold Business Park head office in Bury. It is the British subsidiary of the Swedish-headquartered Roxtec Group.
Roxtec was founded in Sweden in 1990. 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 more than 80 markets with a turnover of more than £173million employing over 800 staff across 28 subsidiaries.
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 (eg: 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.