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News from Tribo Rail
Tribo Rail UK visit Trako Rail in Gdansk Poland
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In September Tribo Rail UK Ltd took part in a Market Visit to the Trako Rail fair in Gdansk, Poland.
The visit, arranged by Department for International Trade in conjunction with the Midlands Engine initiative was held over 2 days, the main focus was to link the 7 delegate companies with potential new customers and markets in Poland and the CEN (Central European Network). The morning of Day 1 consisted of a visit to the head offices and maintenance depot of GAIT (Gdanskie Autobusy i Tramwaje) who operate 231 coaches and 124 tram sets in the Gdansk area. In the afternoon the delegation attended a seminar where presentations where received on the following subjects:

  • Railway Campaign in Central Europe Network
  • Development of Polish railways - Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction
  • Investment and modernisation projects on PKP high speed network
  • Product acceptance process requirements of Polish rail companies
  • Opportunities in railway sector in Hungary/Romania/Bulgaria
  • Polish railway infrastructure projects from a prime-contractor’s perspective
  • Successful and competitive passenger operator – development plans of Koleje Mazowieckie
  • How to do business in CEN - opportunities and challenges

On day 2 all delegates attended the Trako Rail fair held at the AMBEREXPO Exhibition & Convention Centre, GdaƄsk where many local and international companies associated with the rail transport industry were exhibiting. The Trako Fair is Europe’s second-biggest railway show in terms of size and importance.

TRAKO is a meeting place for rail and tram businesses: organisers and operators, technology providers, manufacturers, distributors, central and local authorities, experts, engineers, investors and railway enthusiasts. It is also a platform for discussion, exchange of information and a search for innovative solutions in infrastructure, the transport management system and rolling stock equipment technology. More than 40 events—debates, seminars, conferences and presentations—with international attendees will address the industry’s most current priority subjects.

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Govia Thameslink Railway tender for brake pad supply awarded to Tribo Rail
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The Govia Thameslink Railway tender for supply of brake pads used on Class 171, 442 and 455 fleets operated by Southern Railway was awarded to Tribo Rail in August 2016.
Tribo Rail is now IRIS registered
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Tribo Rail announce that they are now IRIS registered, and are currently working towards accreditation by this premier international quality auditing organisation for railway suppliers.
Tribo Rail have been awarded a contract to supply spare parts for vehicles maintained by Bombardier Transportation
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Bombardier Transportation and Tribo Rail have worked closely together, and following an extensive testing regime the contract was won by demonstrating a significant improvement to the environmental and life cycle costs of maintaining the vehicles. 
Tribo Rail have a portfolio of materials, suitable for vehicles ranging from Tram and LRV duty up to High Speed vehicle duty, which can help other vehicle maintainers to improve life cycle costs and contribute to benefitting the environment.

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Tribo Rail UK Ltd Achieve ISO9001 and ISO14001 Accreditation
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Alcumus ISOQAR audited and awarded ISO9001 Quality Management and ISO14001 Environmental Management certificates to Tribo Rail UK Ltd in October 2014. We are delighted that our commitment to quality, customer satisfaction and our environmental management philosophy of reducing waste, carbon footprint and better use of raw materials for both our clients and ourselves has been officially recognised.
Our advanced, long-lasting rail friction products reduce our customers carbon footprints and costs by minimising pad scrappage, which also reduces land fill costs and environmental impact. Less time is spent turning discs and wheels, reducing unnecessary train movements. Fewer deliveries are required reducing carbon footprints further. In addition optimised packaging and pallet use for deliveries reduce natural resource consumption.
Tribo Rail UK Ltd look forward to working in partnership with our clients and suppliers to further improve quality, lessen environmental impact and reduce costs.

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InnoTrans Berlin 2014
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Tribo Rail will be exhibiting at Innotrans 2014, Hall 1.2, stand 313, September 23 – 26, Berlin. If you would like to pre arrange a meeting with Tribo Rail, please contact
The Tribo Rail team have extensive knowledge in the fields of Railway Friction and Railway Applications. We have a strong appreciation of the needs and practices of many Railways, Train Builders and Train Maintainers throughout the World.

We understand the need for technically advanced materials but we also understand the need to reduce running costs in an ever more demanding Global market. Operator’s currently using Tribo Rail products have benefitted from both reduced cost and extensions to the period between maintenance exams.

We believe that this combination of experience and the manufacture of these technically advanced materials in a purpose built factory in Ukraine, enables us to offer something that many of our competitors are unable to offer

High Quality, Low Cost
Quality is the pedestal upon which safety is built and strive for the highest quality standards in everything we do – from assessing the friction needs of the rail vehicle, through the strict control of each of the ingredients used to manufacture our friction materials, right down to the pallets we use for dispatching the brake parts to the depot.

In the summer of 2013, a new R&D house was added to the resources of Tribo Rail. This facility houses a new Dynamometer and additional test machines, capable of simulating axle loads from trams and metros right through to high speed applications which will enable Tribo Rail to continue development of new materials for the friction market.

The Global Market
Tribo Rail is able to offer a portfolio of organic friction materials suitable for a wide range of applications.

We are confident that every Company using Railway Friction Products is a potential Customer of Tribo Rail.

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Southern Rail Choose Tribo
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The Southern Railway tender, for the supply of brake pads used on class 171 and class 455 vehicles, was awarded to Tribo Rail in November 2013. The supply contract lasts until the end of the current Franchise.

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New R&D facility opened
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In September 2013 the new R&D facility was opened at the Tribo and Tribo Rail site in Ukraine.

The facility is equipped with a small scale production process, physical testing machines and a state of the art dynamometer capable of simulating axle loads from light commercial vehicles right through to high speed train applications. The red tape was cut by representatives of the Tribo management, the local Mayor and members of the Ukrainian government.

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