VolkerRail has invested in heavy duty steel mast manipulators for its Colmar road-rail cranes to facilitate the installation of more than 1100 overhead electrification structures for electrification works in northwest England. VolkerRail said the manipulators would increase output per possession, and reduce the need for staff to work at height and within the crane exclusion zone. ‘This is a great example of the benefits of early contractor involvement, helping client, contractor and plant specialist become aligned to create benefit for all’, said Plant General Manager Mark Jackson. VolkerRail has also bought 12 logistics kits which include trailers and stillage frames so pre-assembled masts and structures can be delivered to worksites.

Rolling stock leasing company Alpha Trains has moved to a new office in Antwerpen.

Control and automation system supplier Hima-Sella is to change its name back to Sella Controls with effect from June 1. The company will continue to operate in its current structure, with no changes to its addresses in Stockport, Ashby-de-la-Zouch or Aberdeen. Hima will now provide its safety critical application directly to customers in the UK and Ireland.

Wagon leasing company Ermewa has joined the Rail Working Group, which represents the rail industry in regard to the implementation of the 2007 Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment.

United Wagon Co is implementing a SAP S/4HANA enterprise management IT system. ‘The implementation of a modern SAP platform in our manufacturing enterprises is a logical and at the same time a significant step‘, said IT Solutions Delivery Director Vladislav Masenkov. ‘The use of leading functional and technologically advanced solutions will ensure maximum business effect and will improve the quality of production processes.‘

Transport ticket manufacturer BemroseBooth Paragon has recruited 10 extra staff, taking its workforce to more than 100 for the first time. The Hull-based company produces more than a billion magnetic tickets each year for customers around the world, and the extra capacity will enable it to seek larger contracts.