Doncaster woos Brazillian bosses

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A delegation of Brazillian infrastructure bosses on a trip to the UK made a single detour out of London - to visit rail industry factories in Doncaster.

The party was shown around DB Schenker, Trackwork Moll, Unipart Rail and Wabtec before going back to Brazil.

It followed visits to the Underground, Network Rail and Crossrail in London.

Andrew Webb of Business Doncaster said the visitors were looking for expertise to assist with several huge infrastructure projects as well as supply chain opportunities.

They chose Doncaster because of its growing global reputation as a centre for rail excellence, he added.

He said: “Our successful bid for the HS2 rail college seems to have raised the borough’s profile on the international stage.

“We have had several enquiries from companies around the world including one the other day from a rail company in Japan.

“The Brazillians came because we sold Doncaster to them.

“The college bid helped form local relationships and partnerships that have allowed us to organise something like this.”

Doncaster launched a huge nationwide campaign which persuaded the Government not to site the college solely in the Midlands.

Brazillians on the trip included Nicomedes Mafra Neto, president of CR Almeida, a conglomerate of 35 companies involved in logistics, chemicals and heavy construction and Marcio Cazelli, director of Odebrecht, a monorail systems firm.

The trip was organised by Doncaster business support company Beta Technologies in partnership with UKTI, the Government’s export arm, and the British embassy in Sao Paulo.