Access industry specialists TB Davies is making significant investments to develop its customer and product portfolio in the rail industry. During the last sixty years, the South Wales firm has developed a nationwide network of national and independent resellers of their temporary access products. Whilst their specialist access and ground support division creates bespoke solutions traditionally in the aerospace and defence sectors.
The huge investments in the rail industry are creating a continuing demand from their resale partners and directly from the industry for both standard products suitable for trackside maintenance and more tailored solutions for use in production and vehicle maintenance environments. Steve Meredith Managing Director of manufacturing division TBD UK said, “Customers as diverse as Laing and the MOD are coming to us for solutions to allow their operatives to working more safely at height. The design expertise and production capabilities we have in place are perfectly suited to the demands of the rail industry.”
The Company provides solutions for a wide array of working at height applications, with a particular focus on docking systems and staging, industrial work platforms, specialist access and maintenance steps, including a wide selection of glass fibre steps and ladders. In the Access Industry arena, TB Davies provides market-leading products including globally recognised brands such as Little Giant along with their well respected Horizon, Summit and Pinnacle range of ladder and access products.
At their Cardiff facility General Manager Bob Baldock comments, “Many of the products we stock here and consider as standard have never really been presented to the rail industry. The glass fibre articulated and combination products from Little Giant are extremely robust, electrically insulated and can be used in multiple configurations.
“This makes them a safer and more flexible alternative to step ladders allowing the engineer to move from task to task getting the job done quickly and safely.”
The manufacturing division has recently deployed a number of multi functional platforms designed to ensure safe, stable and fully compliant access to all parts of the vehicles on which they are being utilised. This turnkey solution has revolutionised the maintenance environment for the end user and provided the business managers with considerable savings by bringing major efficiencies along with improved safety standards.
From its birth, TB Davies has established a worldwide network of strategic alliances, including product development with key customers and other access equipment manufacturers. This commitment to innovation and product quality has allowed the company to successfully deliver a diverse range of ladder and access related products to many global customers from British Airways to the London Underground and Shell to BMW.
Baldock continued, “TB Davies has built an enviable reputation for exceptional design, quality and service. We are building on this pedigree by combining our development, marketing and production resources to target this exciting growth area for our business.”
The company has recently made several business acquisitions to strengthen its product and production portfolio. Meredith added, “The recent acquisition of companies like Owen Holland will help not only help complete our standard product offering but extend our product development capabilities. By the end of the year we will also have completed a move into our new manufacturing facility that will further aid our expansion plans.”
TB Davies can offer a next day delivery service an all of its standard ladders, podium and tower products. The service is complimented by the unique ability to offer training and individually tailored designs for use in almost any production, overground or underground environment. The company has already begun working with the several of the major rail contractors both directly on larger bespoke projects and through its resale network with standard product.