Train overhaul company Lucchini Unipart Rail Ltd (LUR) has used Lombard funding worth £1.4 million to purchase a new machining centre and robotic handling system for its Manchester production site.
The state-of-the-art equipment will create efficiencies within the business, and allow it to increase productivity.
The investments are part of the company’s focus on delivering high quality products, excellent service and innovative solutions. The new equipment will enhance capability in all three areas.
LUR is an important employer in Manchester. Today, the company employs 230 highly skilled workers in the city and an additional 120 in Doncaster.
LUR was formed in 2015 following the merger of Lucchini UK Limited of Manchester with a division of Unipart Rail Limited, based in Doncaster. The new company is jointly owned by Lucchini RS of Italy and Unipart Rail Limited.
LUR specialises in the machining of wheels and axles, the assembly of wheelsets and the overhaul of bogies and traction system components for all types of trains. Its experienced and dedicated team provides first rate, cost efficient solutions, and develops close and productive relationships with its customers.
Simon Tuley, LUR Chief Financial Officer, said of the funding: “Being ahead of the curve when it comes to innovation is vital for our business. State-of-the-art equipment allows us to create innovative solutions for our customers, so we are delighted to have been able to purchase our new equipment with Lombard’s help.”
Andy Dunn, Business Development Director at Lombard, said: “LUR is an important business in Manchester and values quality, customer service and innovation. We have been pleased to see the business make strides in these areas thanks to the investments it has made.”