The Engineering and Manufacturing Network are pleased to announce that for the third consecutive year, Stadler will be the headline sponsor at its upcoming EMCON show at Xcel, Newton Aycliffe on September 9th.

Last year, Nexus, the public body which owns and managed the Tyne and Wear Metro, appointed Swiss rail-builder, Stadler, to design, build and maintain 42 new trains for the metro, entirely replacing its current fleet.

Stadler is also responsible for maintaining the existing trains, ahead of the arrival of the news ones, employing 120 members of staff at Gosforth depot in  Newcastle. The new Metro trains are scheduled to enter commercial operation from 2023. Stadler is one of the most significant inward investments to the north east in several years. It has pledged to support the regional economy and include as many local and UK-based companies in the new trains project as possible. It is committed to using local suppliers for materials and services for the depot re-build, the manufacturing of the new trains and for the service and maintenance contract.

Rob Baxter, managing director of Stadler Rail Service UK, commented: “Stadler is delighted once again to have a presence at EMCON, acting as headline sponsor for the third time. We are committed to the north east region and keen to work with as many regional firms as possible. We encourage anyone who may like to do business with us to sign up to our meet- the-buyer session and have a chat with us about the opportunities available.” Metro Development Director, Neil Blagburn, said: “We have appointed one of the railway industry’s best train manufacturers in Stadler and it is great to see them showcasing this exciting project at this conference right here in north east England. “I have no doubt that delegates will find this really useful and it is a chance to find out more about our £362m fleet replacement programme and how Stadler has made a commitment to our region since securing the contract to design and build the new Tyne and Wear Metro fleet.” Stadler and Nexus will give a presentation at EMCON in the main conference room at 0.30am This will be about the new state-of-the-art trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro, the role they will play to support the regional economy and Stadler’s 35-year commitment to the north east.

Engineering and Manufacturing Network will also be arranging a meet-the-buyer event for Stadler. Delegates will have the opportunity to arrange individual meetings with members of the Stadler procurement team to discuss working with Stadler on any aspect of their contract.

The meet-the-buyer event will start at 1.30pm and go on till 4pm. Anyone who wishes to book a 20-minute one-on-one, in-person session with Stadler should register to confirm interest. Stadler will then contact applicants to confirm bookings and time slots. The EMCON Show will be a live event, with 800-1,000 people expected to attend. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet the chosen supplier of the new Tyne and Wear Metro, as well as many other exhibitors within the engineering and manufacturing sector.