DRILLING equipment specialist Rotabroach has made a major breakthrough in China.
The company, which is based in Tinsley and is part of the OSL Group, has won a £1.87 million contract to supply rail and track maintenance equipment to China’s rail network. The Chinese railways have been using Rotabroach’s drilling machines for the past 10 years, but this is the first time they have placed such a large order.
Commercial manager, Gavin Flanagan said: “This is a great end to an important year. China is a difficult country to sell into and this success is an important component of our sales strategy in Asia.”
Rotabroach specialises in making high quality drilling equipment which attaches securely to work-pieces, either magnetically or physically.
The company makes pneumatically and hydraulically powered drills for use in hazardous atmospheres or underwater, as well as drills that are powered by electricity.
The machines being supplied to China will be powered by a petrol engine, so they can be used by track-laying teams to drill rails in remote locations.
Rotabroach was founded in 1975 and was part of the Neepsend Group until it was acquired by United Industries prior to 2000, only to be sold again to OSL in 2002.