New partnership for Garrandale

Rail engineering experts Garrandale and composites solutions provider Datum have today announced a partnership to manufacture the cabs for Bombardier’s 65 new Crossrail trains.

Bombardier awarded the contract to Garrandale and Datum following a joint bid by the two companies.

Garrandale will manufacture the steel structures for the cabs, which will then be pre-issued to Datum for glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) moulded assemblies to be fitted and completed.

Garrandale’s name is synonymous with the provision of innovative solutions to the rail industry, whilst Datum has gained recognition for its excellence in composites across the sector. Both companies believe the new collaboration is a strong strategic fit, utilising their considerable resources and respective strengths to deliver cabs to the high specifications required for the Crossrail vehicles.

Malcolm Prentice, CEO of Garrandale, commented “These are exciting times and our collaborative partnership with Datum brings together all the right experience needed for this prestigious project. Despite our vast engineering experience in the rail industry, this is Garrandale`s first contract to supply train cabs and we are proud to be a part of this high profile contract”.

David Taylor, Managing Director of Datum – Composite Products, added “We are proud to be Partnering Garrandale in this landmark project. Our two companies dovetail very well and share world-leading technologies along with the first class and diverse skill sets required to produce what will be an amazing product”.

Both Garrandale and Datum Composites are members of the Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum (DDRF) that supports local business partnerships. Colin Walton, Chairman of DDRF and a non-executive director of Garrandale, also commented: ”Derby and Derbyshire hosts the world’s biggest cluster of rail technology businesses, and it’s a great for the region that Bombardier, Garrandale and Datum are collaborating to deliver the ultra-modern Crossrail fleet for London.”