Pickersgill-Kaye has increased the engineering team at its Centre of Excellence for Rail in Leeds, as part of owner ASSA ABLOY’s organic growth strategy investing in people and facilities to continually design and develop new products for the rail industry.
Tom Benn has been employed as Electromechanical Design & Project Engineer at the R&D facility, bringing his electromechanical expertise of working for Bosch and TCS John Huxley on the design of high-tech robotic lawnmowers and gaming equipment respectively to Pickersgill-Kaye’s engineering team. He is joined by Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Jordan Carter.
Engineering Manager, Gerry Murphy, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tom and Jordan to Pickersgill-Kaye. Tom’s experience makes him a very strong addition to the team and I’m sure they both will make a significant contribution to the business.”
Pickersgill-Kaye has a strong presence in the rail industry, providing security and critical safety equipment for locomotives and trains for many years. To build on this success, ASSA ABLOY has invested in a Future Lab, similar to those at the Group’s other centres of excellence in the UK, a refurbished office and an on-site product test facility.
A major supplier of high quality, robust locking products and safety critical solutions to train builders, upgrading Pickersgill-Kaye’s Leeds manufacturing site will enable the company to keep pace with increasing demand for its products.
Creating the right conditions helps the workforce to develop the locking systems for the trains of the future and also enhances Pickersgill-Kaye’s capability to support legacy rolling stock on the UK’s rail network – often retro-fitting problematic locks originally supplied by competitors.
With over 150 years’ experience supplying the rail industry with door locks, Pickersgill-Kaye’s manufacturing flexibility and commitment, now with the considerable support of ASSA ABLOY, will help the company to win further orders for high profile projects against often tough overseas competition.ENDS