BST Wins Maintenance Contract in China
The Bombardier joint venture BST has won a maintenance contract for 656 high-speed train cars in China, to be completed by the end of 2020.
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Houghton International has recently been awarded Rail Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS) certification for it its range of AC and DC traction motor and motor alternator (MA) set repair and overhaul services.
RISAS is designed to provide economies of scale to the railway industry by reducing duplication in the auditing and assessment of suppliers of critical goods and services for the overhaul of assets and components. RISAS certification sets out to ensure that suppliers of critical products to the railway industry have the appropriate systems, processes, competence, resources, facilities and procedures.
Michael Mitten, CEO of Houghton International, commented: RISAS is the benchmark for quality in safety critical repair for the industry therefore it was important for us to demonstrate our capabilities achieve these standards via this rigorous assessment process.
To gain the award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering maintenance and overhaul services to the highest standard through our robust quality management processes and our culture of continuous improvement to achieve world class standards in electro mechanical engineering.
The prestigious accreditation, awarded following assessment by SGS Correll Rail, covers multiple product groups including: AC and DC traction motors, Motor Alternators (MA Sets), transformers and inductor coils, gearboxes, and oil pumps.
Chairman of the RISAS Board, Tim Dugher said: This is great news for Houghton International, and great news for the RISAS scheme and broader rail industry. It will be a boost for the companys business and kudos, and demonstrates their commitment to meet the high expectations of customers in the procurement and engineering community in rail.
Barry Cullinane, who led the SGS RISAS team during the assessment, commented: SGS awarded Houghton International their RISAS certificate following a comprehensive assessment of both their production and management processes. We always have to ensure that the business we are assessing has robust processes and procedures and that they are being applied and were delighted that Houghton International could clearly demonstrate that they are.
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