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Unipart Rail and Siemens teams with Supplier Award 2016

Siemens present supplier award to Unipart Rail

Unipart Rail have been awarded the Customer Focus and Collaboration Award by Siemens Rail Systems at their recent Supplier Recognition event.  This award is in recognition of the very close relationship that the two companies have to support the train maintenance activities of Siemens and in particular, the joint development to integrate a new asset management system into the Siemens warehouse at Doncaster over the past 2 years.

Siemens are in the process of introducing a series of new fleets that will double the number of vehicles supported in the UK.  This includes 60 new commuter passenger trains consisting of 1140 vehicles for Govia Thameslink.  As part of this major new fleet project Siemens have introduced a new asset management system, CORMAP, to support its 35 year maintenance agreement.  To facilitate the use of CORMAP a joint project was initiated between Siemens and Unipart Rail to identify the information and data requirements to support the new fleet.  Unipart Rail provided significant design, testing and integration of existing and new systems to enable the tight project deadlines to be achieved.

Unipart Rail and Siemens have worked very closely together for many years and currently have a 10 year agreement in place for the management and supply of parts to support the operation of the Siemens train fleet in the UK.  In the Doncaster offices of Unipart Rail, Siemens staff work alongside Unipart Rail’s team to provide over 99% material availability over the hatch in their 12 maintenance workshops. 

Tom Johnstone, Finance Director from Unipart Rail said “As both companies are accredited to the Collaborative Working Standard BS 11000, the recent joint project illustrates the benefits of this truly collaborative approach and how the theory is translated in to practice.  We are very pleased to be recognised by Siemens for our strong customer focus values, which at Unipart, is integral to our business principles and is exemplified by the high level of support that many of our operational departments provide to Siemens on a daily basis.”

The recognition award by Siemens is for the vital support that Unipart Rail provide to maintain and enhance their operations and is indicative of the high quality support services that the Company provide to clients across the UK and in international markets.

Unipart Rail

Unipart Rail is the leading specialist provider of the supply chain services to train and freight operators and railway infrastructure in the UK. Unipart Rail also has offices in Australia, China, North America and supplies materials and services internationally. Working collaboratively with customers is part of Unipart Rail’s philosophy and this was recognised at the 2015 UK Rail Industry where the company won the BS 110000 Collaborative Working Award.

Dorman, the LED system innovators, manufacturers of signalling and Passenger Information Systems are also part of Unipart Rail.

The UGL Unipart Rail joint venture was formed in 2011 to deliver the Sydney Trains Level 3 maintenance contract, providing heavy maintenance and supply chain services to 1,050 passenger cars for Sydney’s metropolitan fleet

LUR, a joint venture between Lucchini and Unipart Rail was formed in February 2015 to provide a comprehensive “furnace to fleet” service for the manufacture and supply of wheelsets and bogie overhaul capabilities for the UK rail industry.

With over 800 employees, Unipart Rail is a major partner to the rail industry and has extensive expertise in Infrastructure and Traction & Rolling Stock systems and products.

About Unipart Group

The Unipart Group employs thousands of personnel worldwide and has an annual turnover of approximately £800 million.. It is one of Europe’s leading logistics companies and a widely-recognised pioneer in the field of Lean implementation.

Operating across a range of market sectors including automotive, marine, manufacturing, mobile telecoms, rail, retail and technology, Unipart offers a breadth of services from third party logistics to expert consultancy.

All Unipart sites operate according to the Group’s proprietary version of Lean known as The Unipart Way. This is a philosophy of working underpinned by tools and techniques that inspires efficiency, flexibility and outstanding customer service in any process. 

Unipart also offers expert consultancy in implementing Lean principles and in supply chain management across a variety of industry sectors.

The Group’s clients include Sainsbury’s, Vodafone, Sky and Toyota.

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