We wanted to wish the Tyne and Wear Metro a very happy 40th birthday and congratulate operator, Nexus, on its excellent virtual tour of the Gosforth depot in Newcastle.
The development of a new product for longstanding client, Siemens Mobility, has resulted in the growth of our portfolio of rail depot handling equipment.
We are looking for a Mechanical Fitter to join our team at our Sheffield premises.
We are seeking an effective and energetic senior design engineer to join our dynamic design team
Thanks to our worldwide reputation for reliability and durability, two rail depots in New Zealand are benefiting from our equipment.
We are supplying eight 30-tonne lifting jacks to KiwiRail, eight years after four identical units were installed at the operator’s Hamilton depot.
Mechan are closely following government guidelines and are taking all possible steps to keep our employees, customers and railway partners as safe as we can. That being said, we are still fully operational at this time.
The majority of Mechan office staff are now working full time from home, with access to all the information required to carry out their roles. We currently have an on call engineer available 24/7 as normal.
We are, once again, inviting friends and colleagues to see how our lifting and handling products are transformed from concept to reality.
An open day will be held at our Sheffield headquarters on March 26, to give guests a special behind the scenes tour of our bespoke manufacturing facility.
We are cementing our reputation as the UK’s leading manufacturer of rail traversers, after installing our latest creation at Network Rail’s Holgate depot in York.
The 130-tonne traverser was commissioned by Story Contracting to replace a 50-year old unit that was at the end of its useful life.
Four of our intrepid colleagues are beginning preparations for a charity fundraiser of epic proportions next year.
The quartet has signed up for the Three Peaks Challenge by Rail in June, which will see them scale Britain’s three highest mountains in as many days.
We continue to receive a resounding thumbs up from customers, who have nothing but praise for our product quality and levels of aftersales service.
A newly renovated rail depot in Liverpool has the lifting power to keep its maintenance roads operating efficiently, thanks to Mechan.
We have installed a brand-new jib crane at the main doors of the Kirkdale depot, to transfer bogies to storage tracks at the side of the building.
Our expert design team has reinvented one of our most enduring products, saving depot operators time and money during installation.
We have launched a new turntable design, following 18 months’ research and development into ways to overcome common problems with pit construction.
We are enjoying record-breaking demand for our flagship lifting jacks, securing orders for more than 160 already this year.
We will be adding a continental feel to Railtex this year by showcasing our own expertise, alongside some of the European innovations we represent.
Joining Mechan at Birmingham’s NEC in May will be colleagues from some of the overseas manufacturers, whose products feature in our portfolio.
Sheffield Labour MP, Clive Betts, has paid us a special visit to mark our 50th anniversary.
As Mr Betts was unable to attend our official celebrations, he was invited to a private tour of our offices and workshop.
We have welcomed representatives from Cairo Metro to our Sheffield headquarters, almost nine years to the day they made their first journey to the city.
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.
Four of Mechan's keen cyclists are ditching their cars in favour of cycling to work for the next month.
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.
We are welcoming new faces to our board of directors.
Mechan stalwart, Martin Berry, has been promoted to engineering director, whilst Andrew Mott and Jean Gourp from our parent companies complete the line-up.
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 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.
Photo credit to Heritage Lottery Fund
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 project to construct a second line in the republic’s capital.
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).
High tech lifting equipment, developed by Sheffield-based Mechan, is helping rail enthusiasts preserve a fleet of historic locomotives for the public to enjoy.
Our rail lifting jacks have been identified as the most efficient way to carry out major refurbishment to London’s oldest tube trains.
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.
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We are looking forward to revisiting Railtex again in May, after enjoying our most successful show to date in 2015.
We are very pleased to announce Mechan is joining France’s CIM Group – one of the industry’s most ambitious international suppliers of integrated solutions.
Are you attending this year’s Rolling Stock Maintenance Summit on December 7 and 8?
We are celebrating our most recent order from Manchester’s home of high speed trains, the Alstom Traincare Centre.
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.
It was an honour to meet the secretary of state for rail at this year’s InnoTrans last week.
A fifth site associated with the Department for Transport’s flagship Intercity Express Programme (IEP) has taken delivery of Mechan equipment.
Our export trade has received lift, following two major orders from Hong Kong.
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.
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.
Mechan is featuring in a brand new exhibition, celebrating the internationally renowned making and manufacturing that takes place in our home city.
We are strengthening our customer support team with the appointment of a new key account manager.
We will be flying the flag for British rail industry suppliers at InnoTrans again this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have supplied Alstom Ireland, caretakers of the Luas tram network, with handheld scanner, the CALIPRI, to monitor rail and switch deterioration.
We’re pleased to be supporting the UK’s first event dedicated to improving efficiencies in rail depots through design and innovation.
Last night, Mechan was named ‘subcontractor of the year – small’ at the prestigious UK Rail Industry Awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Our chief executive, Richard Carr, is to put his gift of the gab to good use in November at the local Manufacturing and Trade Group’s annual seminar.
We are going to need a larger trophy cabinet.
Visitors to this week’s Railtex exhibition will be among the first to see our new branding, which takes inspiration from the distinctive yellow finish on our machines.
Following our success at the Made in Sheffield Awards last week, we are looking to boost our trophy collection with a Made in the UK accolade.
We have received official recognition for our innovation and investment in new technologies by business leaders in the Sheffield city region. Mechan won the SME category at last night’s Made in Sheffield Awards, which was held at the city’s historic Cutlers Hall.
One of the Middle East’s leading transport industry suppliers, Arabian Railway Company (ARC), is joining our network of agents to introduce Saudi Arabia to Mechan’s heavy lifting products. Lee Pitts, our sales manager, said: “There is a particularly active rail industry in the Middle East, where significant investment is being made in infrastructure."
We are very pleased to be introducing the latest automatic wheel measurement technology to the UK and Irish markets. Mechan has signed a four year deal, which sees the WheelPro from Spanish manufacturers, Visiona, added to the range of products we supply to complement our own lifting and handling equipment.
If you are heading to Dubai for the Middle East Rail Exhibition on March 17 and 18, say hello to our sales manager, Lee Pitts, who will be representing Mechan on the Arabian Railway Company stand C30. We will be showcasing our products and highlighting recent technological developments at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Our advanced engineering skills have breathed new life into two London Underground accommodation bogies, believed to date from the 1920's. Because the Acton Depot accommodation bogies are so old and little is known about their manufacture, we had to strip the units down and carry out reverse engineering to establish how they were constructed.
A quartet of keen runners from Mechan swapped train tracks for tarmac to raise £1,500 for our local Children’s Hospital. The team tackled the Great Yorkshire Run, held in Sheffield city centre, finishing runners up in the men’s small business category.
MORGAN SINDALL/WEDNESBURY MIDLAND METRO DEPOT Shifting sand Midland Metro’s Wednesbury depot underwent a major expansion to cater for a fleet of CAF Urbos 3 trams, introduced on the Birmingham to Wolverhampton line in the West Midlands.
Sheffield-based Mechan will be among top rail industry suppliers showcasing the very best of British manufacturing at the world’s largest transport trade fair. The depot maintenance equipment specialist is heading to this month’s InnoTrans exhibition in Germany to demonstrate the latest developments in its lifting and handling products.
Mechan’s two week annual holiday (shutdown) commences Monday 28th July. We will return to normal business on Monday 11th August. Although we will be answering calls during this period, there will be minimal staff working, so if you do need our assistance, we hope you will bear with us.
We are expanding our design capabilities to meet increasing demand for Mechan products. Design engineer, Martin Allan, joins the team to develop bespoke equipment for specific sites and enhance our existing portfolio. Having worked for us initially as a contractor, Martin was offered a fulltime position to meet growing interest from the UK and overseas.
We are pleased to announce a hat trick of new contracts supporting the Department of Transport’s flagship Intercity Express Programme (IEP), which will see improvements made to the Great Western and East Coast main lines.
We are strengthening our links with Europe to expand and enhance the range of third party products we supply to the UK and Ireland. Having secured deals with French and German manufacturers, we are now offering clients wheel lathes and wheel presses from Sogema Engineering, to complement the under car handling systems designed in house.
Rummelsburg breathes easy with Blaschke. When a new fleet of 23 diesel trains was introduced on the Berlin to Rummelsburg service in Germany, our partner firm, Blaschke, was asked to install its innovative exhaust extraction systems on two tracks at the local maintenance facility.
We will be flying the flag once again for UK exporters at this year’s InnoTrans, which is being held in Berlin, Germany from September 23-26. The bi-annual exhibition is the largest international trade fair for the transport industry and attracts visitors from across the world.
Our managing director, Richard Carr, travelled to Hitachi Rail Europe’s Newton Aycliffe facility on Friday to put pen to paper on a contract for two Mechan traversers.
We have renewed and revamped our website to provide a more user friendly experience and make it easier for visitors to find the information they require.
We are further enhancing our product range with the introduction of under floor wheel lathes and wheel press equipment from French manufacturers, Sogema Engineering. The high quality equipment is a perfect complement to our undercar handling products and we are pleased to be representing this market leading firm’s interests in the UK and Ireland.
Although most hazards in maintenance depots loom large, diesel emissions create unseen toxic particles that can reduce the productivity of workers and equipment. We are pleased to bring the UK and Ireland innovative exhaust extraction systems from Blaschke that create cleaner and healthier depots by ensuring emissions are disposed of safely.
We will be flying the flag once again for British exporters at the Rail Solutions Asia exhibition in Malaysia from May 7-9. Held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the event attracts leading rail operators and suppliers from across the continent, including international manufacturers, Bombardier, CAF and Siemens.
We are the latest supplier celebrating a welcome boost in sales thanks to the landmark UK rail project, Thameslink. Mechan has secured a contract worth more than £1 million to produce four bogie drops for two new facilities constructed as part of this historic upgrade to London’s transport network.
Only months after installing the UK’s largest capacity traverser at the Port of Felixstowe, Mechan has secured an order for another.
We are pleased to be working again with Associated Engineers, our partners in Hong Kong, on two new projects for national rail operator MTR.
We have successfully completed our first order down under! Australia’s Downer EDi Rail has taken delivery of a pair of ten tonne bogie rotators from Mechan, thanks to our local distributor, Unique Rail.
Our managing director, Richard Carr, will be joining forces with Australian partner, Unique Rail, to introduce our Rail Depot and Workshop lifting and handling products to the antipodean rail industry. Richard will be based on Unique’s stand (no. 226) at AusRAIL PLUS 2013 from November 26-28.
Mechans recent installation of a 170 tonne capacity Locomotive Traverser at the Port of Felixstowe has helped Hutchinson Ports win an award at the Rail Freight Group Annual Awards 2013.
We have been asked to provide expert advice to readers of MENA Rail News, with the focus on Rail Depot and Workshop lifting and handling equipment.
Once again our world leading Rail depot equipment is playing a starring role on UK TV! This time in the Channel 5 series – “The Railway:First Great Western” – Mechan equipment has appeared in every episode so far!
Sheffield-based rail depot equipment specialist, Mechan, will be raising more than just trains this month, thanks to the charitable efforts of managing director, Richard Carr.
Rail depot equipment specialist, Mechan, will be flying the flag for Sheffield’s manufacturing industry at one of Europe’s most prestigious transport industry exhibitions. Mechan is heading to Poland for TRAKO 2013 as part of a group of companies from the Midlands region representing Britain’s contribution to the rail sector.
Mechan are in the news again! The 15 tonne jacks (17 supplied in total) in the article were supplied as part of a contract with Volker Fitzpatrick for the depot equipment, which also included an Engine Removal Table.
Sheffield manufacturer, Mechan, has side stepped its way into the transport industry’s record books, after installing the largest capacity rail traverser in the UK. The heavy lifting specialist has designed and built the traverser to move freight locomotives between lines at the Port of Felixstowe’s new North Rail Terminal.
Rail depot equipment specialist, Mechan, will be showcasing the latest updates to its wide range of lifting and handling products at Railtex 2013. The Sheffield-based manufacturer will have a working version of its patented Microlink controller on display, along with the innovative CALIPRI-Wheel measurement device.
Sheffield-based Mechan is launching a range of energy efficient shunters onto the UK market, offering a greener alternative to the diesel engines used in rail depots. Mechan has secured a deal to become the sole UK and Ireland supplier of the award winning Zwiehoff electrically powered road and rail shunters, which are carbon neutral.
A set of Mechan wagon rotators has embarked on the long journey to Johannesburg, thanks to our South African friends at Yale Engineering. This is the second time Yale has requested wagon rotators for its clients, although this new set is much larger than the previous one.
Mechan has delivered a second bogie press to Hong Kong’s MTR Rail – 13 years after the first one!
Mechan’s jacks were making national headlines again yesterday, alongside the prime minister, David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg. The duo was in the West Midlands at Birmingham’s Soho Depot to announce a £9 billion package of investment to the rail industry from 2014.
Sheffield-based heavy lifting specialist, Mechan, has become one of the first companies in the UK to have its achievements honoured by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS). The rail depot equipment manufacturer has received a MAS Works Award to recognise the business and operational gains it has made in recent years.
Sheffield-based rail maintenance equipment specialist, Mechan, has installed the largest single system of lifting jacks in the UK at the Alstom Transport Traincare Centre in Longsight near Manchester.
Rail depot maintenance specialist, Mechan, is bidding farewell to one of the most influential members of its management team, following a 49-year career in the transport industry. Sales and technical director, Graham Cofield, is retiring after 23 years with the Sheffield manufacturer.
Sheffield-based rail depot equipment specialist, Mechan, is proving to be a hit down under, after receiving a second request for its lifting equipment from the other side of the world.
We are proud to have been shortlisted for this award, when you consider who we were up against! http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/yorkshire/68079-aesseal-scoops-made-sheffield-award
Six pairs of Mechan jacks and a wheel drop system have left our headquarters in Sheffield, destined for Taiwan. The £400,000 order has been placed by Mechan’s agent, Giant Motors, on behalf of Femco who are working with Taiwan Railway.
Northern Ireland’s new Translink depot, Adelaide, is to be the latest recipient of Mechan equipment, after an order for 12 jacks, two engine removal tables and two bogie turntables embarked on its journey across the Irish Sea last week.
Eagle-eyed rail enthusiasts may have spotted Mechan’s lifting jacks playing a fantastic supporting role in BBC2 series Great British Railway Journeys last week. As part of his journey from Winchester to the Isle of Wight, presenter, Michael Portillo, took a fascinating tour of Eastleigh Railway Works.
Sheffield-based Rail Depot equipment provider, Mechan, has joined forces with NextSENSE of Austria to offer the innovative Calipri Laser Measurement for the UK and Irish market, now available to hire as well as buy.
Mechan was highly commended in the final of the Sheffield Star Business Awards, in the Excellence in Manufacturing Award category, sponsored by the Manufacturing Advisory Service.
Rail depot equipment specialist, Mechan, is on target to double its export turnover this year. In the last month alone, the Sheffield-based manufacturer has taken orders from as far afield as France, Taiwan and New Zealand, worth in excess of £600,000. Mechan’s order from Bombardier in France is its first installation in the country.
Mechan is supplying Doncaster rail infrastructure experts, Trackwork, with two bogie turntables to form part of the firm’s Blackpool Tram contract. Trackwork chose Mechan to design and build the turntables, having worked successfully with the firm on previous projects.
Sheffield-based rail depot equipment manufacturer, Mechan, is expanding its presence in the Middle East after forging links with a second agent in the area. Mechan has joined forces with specialist railway supply firm, Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Establishment, to raise the profile of its products among the region’s transport industry.
Don’t forget to book your tickets to the world’s largest transport trade fair – InnoTrans 2012 – which arrives at Messe Berlin, Germany, once again on September 18. Mechan will be flying the flag for British manufacturers and showcasing our revolutionary new Microlink jack control system.
Sheffield-based rail depot equipment specialist, Mechan, is celebrating after securing its first order for sand filling systems from a tram operator. Mechan is supplying two automated sand filling systems to Manchester Metrolink, as part of a major investment expanding the city’s tram network.
An international delegation has swapped the sand dunes of Egypt for the seven hills of Sheffield to visit local heavy lifting manufacturer, Mechan. Representatives from Cairo Metro’s Line Three and the Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels visited Mechan to see the rail depot handling system commissioned for the project in action.
Established Sheffield manufacturer, Mechan, is marking its 40th anniversary year by adding the Investors in People (IiP) accreditation to its growing list of credentials.
Mechan has been contracted by Southern to maintain mechanical equipment at two of the train operator’s key rolling stock depots for three years. The contract award follows Sheffield-based Mechan’s decision to appoint a new service engineer dedicated to the south east and south midlands area.
A leading supplier of rail industry lifting products, Sheffield-based Mechan, is looking forward to a bumper year after new orders placed since January topped £1 million. The depot maintenance equipment manufacturer has received new orders totalling a record £1.1 million in the first quarter of 2009, to be delivered in this financial year.
Established Sheffield manufacturer, Mechan, is making an unprecedented investment in the future of its business, with a move across the city to new premises. Chapeltown-based Mechan is relocating to newly refurbished headquarters in the Darnall area of Sheffield – an operation that will cost the company around £100,000.
Leading Sheffield-based manufacturer, Mechan, has signed an exclusive deal to supply unique Italian mini cranes and mould handling equipment to the UK and Irish markets.
Sheffield-based handling equipment specialist, Mechan, is strengthening the service it offers to new and existing customers with the appointment of a new sales person.
Sheffield-based heavy lifting equipment specialist, Mechan, is ending its 40th anniversary year on a high, having achieved record turnover figures in 2009.
A new Hitachi traincare centre at Ashford and upgraded DLR depot at Beckton have generated substantial orders for Sheffield-based heavy-handling gear specialist Mechan Limited. New depot action is not confined to the UK and Mechan has also been contracted to supply equipment in Ireland and South Africa.
Established Sheffield manufacturer, Mechan, is marking its 40th anniversary year by adding the Investors in People (IiP) accreditation to its growing list of credentials.
Eurostar trains that pull into the brand new CTRL maintenance facility in east London will receive daily servicing and even wheelset changes that are the railway equivalent of a motor racing pit-stop.
Sheffield-based manufacturer, Mechan, is expanding its international presence with the appointment of its very first sales agent in the Middle East.
A big winner from train fleet modernisation since the turn of the Millennium has been Siemens Transportation Systems. After gaining a toehold in the UK a decade ago with its Class 332 Heathrow Express stock, Siemens won a series of orders, mostly for Desiro units
Mechan is supplying two special jib cranes for installation at a massive liquefied petroleum gas terminal in the Persian Gulf.
Specialist heavy-handling equipment for the latest engine test bed at the Rolls-Royce plc aerospace engine facility in Derby has been provided by Sheffield-based Mechan Limited through a £1.6m contract with Cullum Detuners.