We specialise in rail vehicle engineering with a focus on five core product sectors
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We offer a comprehensive supply of door system products and services supporting both manufacture and refurbishment of pneumatic door operator systems and door leaves
Utilising in house facilities we are able to support full system overhauls from functional to operational and cosmetic refurbishments
We provide an extensive range of air delivery solutions from compressor and air dryer refurbishment to the supply of components including pressure switches, safety valves, hoses and fittings
We are also able to supply, refurbish and test pressure vessels, drain valves, associated air delivery valves and assemblies
We support all aspects of the pneumatic control system including the EP brake units, relay valves and variable load valves
Maintaining the latest electronic brake controllers through to pneumatic suspension systems, our expertise in pneumatic control equipment spans over half a century of system design
Westcode levelling valves have become an industry standard in pneumatic suspension control and are now used on over 90% of Transit Fleet in North America
Our brake actuation capabilities include; the overhaul and repair of tread brake units through to the supply spares including complete calliper assemblies, disc hubs and brake pad holders
Thousands of Westcode brake actuator maintenance kits provide reliable service for major mass transit operators globally
Through a commitment to product development our HVAC systems now achieve more than 3 million miles without failure providing maximum availability combined with low life cycle costs
We offer a range of state of the art semi and fully hermetic HVAC systems and also support overhaul, repair and upgrades for existing HVAC systems. Our dedicated facilities include comprehensive design, manufacture and test capabilities
4 March 2019
Unipart Rail today announces that it has acquired 100% of the share capital of Westcode UK Limited and Westcode Incorporated, bringing the highly technical and skilled workforce and various rail capabilities of products and services into its wider operations.
The businesses will continue to trade as Westcode Inc and Westcode UK limited under the Unipart Rail brand in their respective territories. The company supports an extensive range of air supply equipment and has a comprehensive range of door system products.
UK based Unipart Rail is the leading specialist provider of technology and supply chain solutions with expertise in infrastructure, signalling and traction and rolling stock products.
The acquisition of both the UK and USA Westcode businesses supports Unipart Rail’s growth and acquisition strategy in targeting both overseas markets and customers through companies which complement the current products and service portfolio. Westcode’s reputation for providing quality products and services into the Rail industry perfectly aligns with Unipart Rail’s vision.
Unipart Rail has acquired several businesses in recent years and these have been successfully integrated into the Group. This includes owner managed companies like the Westcode Businesses.
George Tillier, Managing Director, Unipart Rail North America will manage the US operation with Paul Widdowson, President, reporting into George. Graham Jackson, Managing Director, Unipart Rail will lead the UK branch of the business with Tony Park, Managing Director, reporting into Graham.
Noel Travers, Managing Director of the Unipart Rail and Manufacturing Business Divisions said “Unipart Rail's acquisition of Westcode is an exciting prospect for both businesses. Westcode's business and operating culture is an excellent fit with our current propositions and markets and the target opportunities that we are looking to develop in future. I look forward to expanding Unipart Rail’s activities in the US with the teams in place."
The acquisition took place on Monday 4th March and the existing Westcode Business and Unipart Rail teams will be working closely to deliver exciting new future projects.
Our Customers include industry leading rolling stock manufacturers, fleet operators and vehicle refurbishment companies
We are committed to developing strong working relationships with our Customer. In 2015 we were presented with the Siemens Rail award for Going the Extra Mile in recognition of the service we endeavour to provide
Westcode Incorporated was established in 1973 by Westinghouse Brakes to support its US customer base. Following success in the US, Westcode UK Limited established in 2000 with both companies now providing high quality products and services to the Global Rail Industry
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We have developed facilities in Calne, UK, Chadds Ford PA, USA and Binghamton NY, USA specifically for Rail Industry applications enabling us to offer comprehensive solutions for a variety of rolling stock maintenance and refurbishment projects
Our ISO 9001 Quality, ISO 14001 Environmental and OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety accredited management systems ensures that all work is carried out to the highest standards
Through a number of successful major overhaul projects we have developed a reputation as a primary supplier of overhaul and repair services for the Rail Industry
We stock a vast range of spares and offer a standard 2 week turn around on overhauls, with an express 24 hour turn around for critical components
All equipment received is fully dismantled, cleaned and assessed. We utilise full in house test and inspection facilities to ensure completed products perform to the highest levels of reliability
Our surface finishing capability includes pneumatic and airless spray facilities, developed specifically for rail with expertise in low toxicity water based finishes
Our facilities also include full paint preparation capability with media blast booth for the removal of paint, corrosion and other contaminants
We utilise state of the art paint gloss level and film thickness gauges to ensure the highest standards of finish are achieved both aesthetically and functionally
We are also able to offer vinyl wrapping and labelling, powder coating and specialist metal treatments including anodize, alocrom and plating
Through our knowledgeable team and extensive library of specifications and standards, we are able to support manufacture from the supply of components to the development and production of upgrade packages
To assist with our manufacturing activities we have full in house assembly, paint and test facilities
We work with a number of key specialist manufacturing companies to produce machined, cast and extruded metal components from compressor pistons to door guide channels
We are also able to supply moulded, bonded and extruded rubber and plastic components including door seals, diaphragms and valves
With the ability to fully exercise all functions of a component or system, we are able to carry out condition assessments and make recommendations towards design upgrades and revised maintenance intervals
Our on site team works alongside customers supporting their maintenance requirements and can carry out system inspections, a proactive approach to help minimize failures
We also work with depot technicians to develop upgrades to equipment and facilities to improve servicability and reduce maintenance requirements
In order to provide a responsive service we carry a wide range of spares in stock, which can be packaged as service kits designed to support servicing schedules or individual components
We also work with our customers to develop stocking policies and provide cost effective logistics to best support their requirements
We offer high quality spares and service kits at competitive prices, manufactured to OE standards and materials
Our dedicated vehicle fleet means we are also able to provide a collection and delivery service ensuring that products are delivered safely and on time