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Donation marks start of 50th celebrations

To kick off our 50th anniversary celebrations, Mechan has donated £5,000 to Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital. Alison Riley from The Children’s Hospital Charity joined our staff, professional partners and key clients at our 50th anniversary open day, where she was presented with a cheque. We arranged a number of events to raise funds and would like […]

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Fundraising goal set to mark half century

We are embarking on an exciting charity mission to celebrate 50 successful years in business. Over the next few months, we are pledging to raise at least £5,000 for Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital to mark this milestone in our development. The close-knit team will be undertaking a range of fundraising endeavours in the run up to […]

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Jacks lift servicing expectations

Trains running on London’s eagerly anticipated Elizabeth line will spend more time in service and less in the depot, thanks to our unrivalled lifting technology. We have developed a bespoke set of jacks capable of raising the complete nine-car electric trains being introduced in the capital, for the Elizabeth line. The 36-jack set has been […]

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Innotrans presence reaches new heights

We are getting ready to raise our global profile by taking our largest stand to date at this year’s InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin, Germany. Following our busiest exhibition ever in 2016, we have committed to a bigger and more prominent space in the UK Pavilion at the bi-annual event that runs from September 18-21. […]

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Supporting Severn Valley Railway

As a supplier to Severn Valley Railway (SVR), Mechan is joining the fight to save Falling Sands viaduct and is urging you to do so too! The 141-year old bridge is a crucial part of the heritage route, but it urgently needs extensive repairs. The good people of SVR need to raise £275,000 before the […]

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Top quality people management

Mechan, has retained its Investors in People accreditation, after being described as having a “strong purpose and vision to be recognised as the best in the industry.” We have been granted the internationally recognised standard for a fourth time, following a rigorous assessment process and employee interviews. Ann Lyon, representing Investors in People North of England, conducted […]

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Making grade at high tech college

Our equipment is being used to train the next generation of skilled workers required by the rail industry. We have supplied a bogie press and a set of lifting jacks to the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster. Working with the college’s main construction contractor, Willmott Dixon, we created a bespoke 30-tonne bogie […]

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Stalwart steps down!

We are bidding a fond farewell to one of our longest serving employees, who retires this month after 25 years of service. Works supervisor, Pete Bates, from Birdwell in Barnsley, will be completing his final day in our workshop on May 18, after joining the firm in 1992. Pete, who turns 65 on May 15, […]

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Panama project puts Mechan on the map

Following successful factory acceptance tests, we are about to ship our very first order to the Americas. Working with parent company, CIM, we are delivering a set of 20 12-tonne lifting jacks, four turntables and 40 vehicle stands to a new build depot in the Nuevo Tocumen area of Panama City, as part of a major […]

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Five-year Hitachi deal

We have secured an exclusive maintenance contract with Hitachi Rail. The five-year agreement enables us to service the products we supplied to Hitachi Rail facilities as part of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP). Our contract covers regular maintenance visits and 24-hour breakdown assistance at the North Pole depot in West London, Stoke Gifford near Bristol […]

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Thoroughly Modern Mechan gives lift to Heritage Rail

High tech lifting equipment, developed by Sheffield-based Mechan, is helping rail enthusiasts preserve a fleet of historic locomotives for the public to enjoy. The specialist manufacturer has supplied four 35-tonne lifting jacks to Severn Valley Railway’s new Kidderminster facility, to make maintenance of its diesel engines safer and more efficient. Severn Valley’s employees have a […]

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Jack action at Acton

Our rail lifting jacks have been identified as the most efficient way to carry out major refurbishment to London’s oldest tube trains. We have supplied 16 ten-tonne jacks to London Underground’s Acton site in West London, from where the Bakerloo Line Life Extension Project is being delivered. They are being used to remove bogies from […]

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On track for HS2

We will be directly and indirectly affected by HS2, most significantly by the potential opportunity to supply maintenance equipment to the proposed depot at Washwood Heath. Good transport links are essential to our business. Our clients are primarily headquartered in London and we travel to other major economic centres at least two or three times […]

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Railtex returns

We are looking forward to revisiting Railtex again in May, after enjoying our most successful show to date in 2015. We will be back on stand N10 at Birmingham’s NEC from May 9-11 with our full size, fully functional demonstration jack and plenty of information about the wide range of lifting and handling products we […]

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Mechan acquires new French owners

We are very pleased to announce Mechan is joining France’s CIM Groupe – one of the industry’s most ambitious international suppliers of integrated solutions. Our name, management and personnel will stay the same, but we will benefit from the support of CIM’s export expertise and industry contacts. CIM’s portfolio of products and services includes the […]

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Take a Mechan break

Are you attending this year’s Rolling Stock Maintenance Summit on December 7 and 8? We’re looking forward to meeting delegates at this world leading conference on condition-based maintenance and offering you a special 15% discount on the innovative CALIPRI laser measuring device. Use this code through the link below to obtain your discount – RSM16SPEX […]

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Longsight lengthens shopping list

We are celebrating our most recent order from Manchester’s home of high speed trains, the Alstom Traincare Centre. Mechan has supplied 66 bogie stacking frames that are being used to kit out a new storage facility at the site, providing secure accommodation for various bogies, including Alstom’s class 390s, the electric Pendolinos serving the West […]

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Cranes order clinches Allerton hat trick

A trio of Mechan cranes is now standing sentry at Northern Rail’s Allerton depot in Liverpool, following a £23 million project to increase capacity. We have built two bespoke jib cranes for Allerton, to work alongside an existing unit that is used to remove train engines. Buckingham Group, the main contractor overseeing the refurbishment, requested […]

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VIP Visitor

It was an honour to meet the secretary of state for rail at this year’s InnoTrans last week. Paul Maynard stopped at our stand on a tour of the UK Pavilion for a chat with chief executive, Richard Carr. As the MP for Blackpool, Mr Maynard is familiar with Mechan’s work, having seen first-hand the […]

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Innovation centre gets ready for IEP trains

We received two orders from the Rail Innovation Development Centre near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, where the new high speed trains are being trialled. Working with civil engineers, Construction Marine, we designed and fitted a bespoke bogie bridge that spans the width of an existing bogie drop pit, improving vehicle access into the rail shed. […]

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Hong Kong export boost

Our export trade has received lift, following two major orders from Hong Kong. A consignment of lifting jacks and bogie turntables has already been delivered to the nation’s rapid transit railway operators, MTR and a bespoke bogie drop is currently being built. Working with local agent, Associated Engineers, we have supplied two dozen 20-tonne versions […]

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MECHAN JACKS UP PRESENCE AT INNOTRANS

Rail depot equipment specialist, Mechan, will be turning the spotlight on its flagship lifting jacks at the world’s largest transport trade fair in September. For the first time, visitors to this year’s InnoTrans exhibition in Berlin, Germany, will be able to see the Sheffield manufacturer’s eye-catching equipment in action. A full size working jack will […]

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Fit for nuclear action

We’ve set our sights on expansion into the nuclear sector, after securing Fit 4 Nuclear status. The official accreditation recognises our skills and demonstrates operations at Mechan meet the strict standards required by the industry. Run by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the scheme helps members secure work from civil nuclear firms at […]

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Home is where the art is

Mechan is featuring in a brand new exhibition, celebrating the internationally renowned making and manufacturing that takes place in our home city. Made in Sheffield is open to view seven days a week at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield until January 8 2017 and showcases the diversity of design and production offered by more than […]

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Introducing Lindsey

We are strengthening our customer support team with the appointment of a new key account manager. Lindsey Mills from Doncaster joins Mechan to look after the needs of existing clients and develop opportunities for increasing business by managing ongoing orders, processing enquiries and spreading the word about our heavy lifting products at global trade fairs. […]

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Join us at InnoTrans – September 20-23

We will be flying the flag for British rail industry suppliers at InnoTrans again this year. From September 20-23, our sales team will be setting up camp in the British Pavilion at the world renowned railway exhibition and for the first time, we will be showcasing a full size working jack. The giant yellow structure […]

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Space saving solution

We have helped Volker Fitzpatrick transform the tight confines of a depot into a time saving route to more efficient train maintenance. Our expert engineers designed and built a bespoke traverser for the Ilford facility, to manoeuvre rail carriages around a new paint shop. VolkerFitzpatrick, who is building the new stabling depot for London’s £14.8 […]

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Winning workforce

We have been named the top investor in people at the 2016 Made in Sheffield Awards! This is the second consecutive year we have emerged victorious, after bagging the SME title just 12 months ago. The judges applauded our efforts to cultivate a working environment that encourages creativity and recognised our commitment to staff development […]

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Crossrail order boost

We have secured a contract worth more than £1 million to supply depot maintenance products to the capital’s Crossrail project. The order comprises a range of heavy lifting equipment for the new Old Oak Common depot in north west London, which will be servicing trains run on the Elizabeth line. A set of 38 lifting […]

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Jacks give lift to high output base

Our lifting jacks are helping to keep the government’s plans to electrify the Great Western Line on track. Eight 25-tonne jacks have been installed at a new £7 million facility near Swindon, built to service a unique train carrying out the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) upgrades. They were commissioned by main contractor, Amey Rail, for […]

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Measuring up for Alstom Ireland

The Irish tram network is maintaining the highest standards of rail safety, thanks to our innovative laser measuring technology. We have supplied Alstom Ireland, caretakers of the Luas tram network, with handheld scanner, the CALIPRI, to monitor rail and switch deterioration. The noncontact device records all relevant wear parameters and was delivered to Alstom with […]

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Enjoy a Mechan break

We’re pleased to be supporting the UK’s first event dedicated to improving efficiencies in rail depots through design and innovation. Mechan is sponsoring network breaks at the Rail Depots and Workshops Modernisation congress, held at the Tower Hotel in London on May 25 and 26. The convention will focus on reducing maintenance times, handling new […]

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We’ve won!

Last night, Mechan was named ‘subcontractor of the year – small’ at the prestigious UK Rail Industry Awards. The high profile ceremony, held at Battersea Evolution in London, attracts entrants from across the country and we are thrilled to receive this national recognition of our efforts. RIA Awards celebrate innovation and outstanding contributions to the […]

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Mechan sets sights on middle east expo

Rail depot equipment specialist, Mechan, is aiming to expand its presence in the Middle East with a first solo appearance at the region’s largest rail conference. The Sheffield-based manufacturer will be showcasing its range of heavy lifting and handling equipment at this year’s Middle East Rail exhibition in March. Held at the Dubai International Convention […]

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Rail congress proves perfect platform

We are joining a select group of exhibitors at a global gathering of train operating companies in London next month. Mechan will be among the rail suppliers showcasing products at this year’s Rolling Stock Fleet Maintenance Cost Reduction Congress. Held at the Holiday Inn, Regents Park on December 9 and 10, the conference attracts industry […]

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We’ve only gone and done the double!

We’re thrilled to find out Mechan is one of five finalists in the ‘subcontractor of the year – small’ category at the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) 2016, while our esteemed leader, Richard Carr, is nominated for Sheffield Business Awards’ business person of the year. Richard is one of only four finalists in his category, […]

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Say g’day at Aussie expo

We are swapping Sheffield’s seven hills for the seaside city of Melbourne later this month to enhance our export opportunities in Australia. Mechan will be exhibiting for the first time at the eagerly anticipated AusRAIL Plus event, to learn more about the continent’s rail sector and raise awareness of our depot maintenance products. Sales engineer, […]

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Two Bogie Drops for Three Bridges

Equipment produced by Mechan is helping Siemens Rail Systems UK bring to life its vision for the future of train maintenance. We have installed two bogie drops at the new Three Bridges depot in London, which will be used as a role model for Siemens projects worldwide. Construction of this technically advanced facility in Crawley […]

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Mechan Traversers Carry First IEP Trains

Two heavyweight members of the Mechan family are swinging into action at Hitachi Rail’s new rail vehicle manufacturing facility in County Durham, following its official opening. The Newton Aycliffe facility is using a pair of 80 tonne traversers developed by Sheffield-based Mechan to move vehicles along the production line. Richard Carr, chief executive of the […]

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Mechan Seals Deal With Doncaster Neighbours

Heavy lifting specialist, Mechan, might work across the world, but the Sheffield-based manufacturer had to look no further than South Yorkshire to secure its latest order. The rail depot equipment expert is to kit out a new train maintenance facility being constructed in Doncaster as part of the government’s flagship InterCity Express Programme (IEP). Main […]

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