Clayton Equipment secure additional Hybrid+™ Locomotive order from Tata Steel, Port Talbot

Clayton Equipment, the only British independent locomotive manufacturer in the UK capable of designing and manufacturing locomotives up to 150 tonnes, has agreed a contract to supply a further two Hybrid+™ CBD90 locomotives to Tata Steel, Port Talbot. The steelworks fleet will eventually include a total of seven Hybrid+ locomotives supplied from Clayton Equipment.

In 2019 Tata Steel UK placed an initial order for three 90 tonne CBD90 Hybrid+ ™ Bo-Bo locomotives capable of moving 2,500 tonnes at its Port Talbot works in Wales. Subsequently Tata Confirmed purchase of a further two locomotives to be delivered in July 2021.

This new contract is for two additional locomotives to be delivered early 2023.

The Clayton Equipment CBD90 locomotive is a 90 tonne Bo-Bo locomotive. The locomotive is self-contained, with on board battery charging. Costs and emissions are significantly reduced by the Hybrid+ technology. Battery charging is undertaken from a 3-phase supply, providing 100% emission free solutions or from the low emission, EU Stage V Diesel engine.

As part of Tata Steel’s requirement to replace their ageing Port Talbot fleet, many of which are over 60 years old and to deliver further growth, they are to invest in a further two CBD90 locomotives. The sixth and seventh instalments of new Hybrid+ locomotives, the largest built in the UK for over 20 years will represent both Tata Steel and British based Clayton Equipment working together.

The locomotives built will be straight to work, and the new configuration will allow Tata Steel to realise significant commercial benefits from their investment in greener technology including reduced emissions, reduced carbon footprint, reduced noise levels, greater haulage capacity and increased reliability.

Clayton Equipment who ‘lead the way’ in offering low emission rail locomotives also provide the additional benefit of UK based customer support. Clive Hannaford, Managing Director at Clayton Equipment, said: “We are very proud to work with Tata Steel UK and to supply an additional two CBD90 locomotives. This enables Clayton Equipment to provide Tata Steel with sustainable, low emission environmentally compliant locomotives which meets their commitment to invest in new technology and provide cost savings”.

Since the initial Tata Steel contract the market has grown significantly and the interest and demand for Clayton hybrid designs have led to a record of new contracts and forward orders. This has meant an increase in its workforce by 40% to cope. “We’ve had to employ a lot more people including fitters, contract managers and design engineers across all departments to just meet that demand” says Hannnaford.

In a market dictated by regulations and driven by customers, the shift from Diesel to low emissions is to an extent being forced upon people. Clayton adopt a broad approach to customer interest by being flexible and small enough to design in partnership to individual requirements.

During this 90th year of Clayton Equipment there continues to be plenty of expressions of interest in

Clayton’s products and Clive Hannaford says, “We continue to provide the highest quality service by innovative thinking, excellence of execution and solid, yet flexible, partnerships with our clients with Tata Steel being a prime example”.

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About Clayton Equipment Ltd:

Clayton Equipment Ltd has an enviable reputation for its ability to both design and build modern traction of all sizes, incorporating modern technology and meeting the latest emission standards with a long pedigree in the railway industry dating back to its formation. Clayton Equipment is well positioned to take full advantage of the growing demand for new environmentally friendly traction.

About Tata Steel’s European Operations:

Tata Steel is one of Europe’s leading steel producers, with steelmaking in the Netherlands and the UK, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies high-quality steel products to the most demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. Tata Steel works with customers to develop new steel products which give them a corporate edge. The combined Tata Steel group is one of the top global steel companies, with an annual crude steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes and more than 65,000 employees across five continents.

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