Smith Brothers & Webb, the British manufacturer of the world-famous Britannia brand of automated washing machines for trains, buses, coaches and commercial vehicles, is expanding its global presence to meet market demand. To date, the company has installed more than 1,900 machines in the UK, Australia, Egypt, Greece, Hong Kong, Iraq, the Republic of Ireland, Nigeria, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Syria and Turkey.
The company has a network of agents available around the world. From its base in the UK, Smith Brothers & Webb manages all contractual obligations and SLA’s (Service Level Agreements).
Smith Brothers & Webb has forged two new working partnerships with companies in Singapore and Lithuania following the major investment in rail infrastructure which is taking place in the Far East and the Baltic States. Further agreements are in the pipeline as Smith Brothers & Webb is pursuing a number of projects in territories where the rail infrastructure is being expanded, including the Far East and India.
Both companies have a number of synergies with Smith Brothers & Webb. The organisation in Singapore is Lai Yew Seng PTE Ltd., a multi-disciplinary engineering house with over 35 years’ experience. Its specialty is in structural steel fabrication and erection and no better is their engineering prowess displayed than by the recent construction of the Dancing Cranes in Sentosa, Singapore. More specifically it has relevant experience of automated wash systems and a strong reputation for its technical, project management and design experience within the rail sector.
The Lithuanian company is sustainable engineering, design and build specialist UPA. Specialising in construction, the company has been responsible for building rail depots across Lithuania and is a business with a tremendous pedigree and work ethic which very much mirrors that of Smith Brothers & Webb.
Business has been so buoyant that in the first six months of this year as many orders have been placed as were won in the whole of 2013, such is the popularity of the Britannia brand.
Smith Brothers & Webb’s reputation for reliability has won it customers around the world. Customers are attracted by the unsurpassed washing quality of its bespoke automated machines and the speed of operation of its new “airline-style” Contained Effluent Transfer (CET) for trains which operates three times faster than conventional models.
Harvey Alexander, Chairman of Britannia Washing Systems, said:
“We are delighted to have entered into formal working partnerships with companies with excellent pedigrees who will build closer relationships with our customers in areas where rail travel is expanding.”
“There are exciting developments in rail in many parts of the world and rail operating companies are turning to Britannia because they know we can be relied upon and will listen to their requirements.”
“Not only can we help keep their rolling stock sparklingly clean on the outside, our innovative Contained Effluent Transfer systems maintain an essential service for passenger comfort faster than ever before.”
“Around the world the Britannia brand is synonymous with reliability and excellent wash quality and we tailor our washing systems to suit any climate and any customer’s particular requirements.”