West Midlands MEP Malcolm Harbour and three of the Conservative Party’s local European candidates visited Alstom’s Rugby site to take a closer look at the work the company undertakes in the town.
Mr Harbour, who steps down as an MEP this year, was joined by candidates Dan Dalton, Dan Sames and Sibby Buckle were given a tour of the factory, which is busy refurbishing steam turbines from power stations around the country. They then moved on to see some of the highly technical work the research and development team undertakes to make power stations around the world more efficient.
Joe Jamieson, Manager, Model Testing at Alstom, said: “As an engineer himself, Malcolm really seemed to appreciate the work that we do here in Rugby as we work to extend the life of power stations and make them more efficient for customers around the world.”
Alstom employs around 600 people in Rugby, refurbishing steam turbines from around the world, working at the cutting edge of engineering technology and designing smaller scale turbines for industrial processes or green generation.
In the UK, Alstom is active in the rail, power and electricity transmission sectors, operates from 30 sites and employs more than 6,500 people across the country. Around a third of all rail journeys in the UK are made on Alstom rolling stock, our generating kit powers half of the UK’s power stations, we are testing new tidal turbine technology in waters off Orkney, and we operate the only large-scale transformer manufacturing facility in the UK. Our sites in Stafford and Rugby have been at the forefront of engineering developments since the 19th-century and continue to produce cutting edge technology for projects across the world.
Jonathan Smith, Head of Media Relations, Alstom UK – Tel 01788 545602 or 07801 775650 or firstname.lastname@example.org