Light Rail Winner!

We have boosted our enviable "track" record by scooping another major title at the Light Rail Awards.

Gaining the "supplier of the year" category, held in London.

Now in its ninth year, the Light Rail Awards are regarded as a benchmark of excellence for suppliers, manufacturers, operators and cities engaged in the light rail industry worldwide.

Specialising in the manufacture and supply of innovative on-train and track-side safety products and components to the world’s railways, we were chosen as the winner in the under 10 million euros category.

Our award entry was based on the Intelligent Wheel Flange Lubrication (iWFL), an on-train system which applies precise amounts of biodegradable lubricant.

The system, engineered for both national rail networks and urban tram services, greatly reduces wheel and track wear, decreasing the need for maintenance and offering substantial cost savings to operators, track owners and passengers.

The feedback from the judges commented that “Rowe Hankins’ innovative iWFL system increases safety, gives passengers a more comfortable ride, significantly reduces infrastructure and vehicle wear and has the potential to save millions over the life of a system”.

Our eco-friendly and cost effective system is already in use on rail networks across Europe. In the UK, it is being trialled with Metrolink and we have also been approved as the preferred supplier to Crossrail, the new high frequency, high capacity railway for London and the South East.

Mike Hankins, managing director, said: “We are very proud and grateful to be recognised for this much sought after award. It's a testament to all at Rowe Hankins that with their hard work, passion, knowledge and customer first approach, anything is possible.

“The iWFL system is already making vast improvements to the rail industry, not only making safety cheaper but more efficient and attainable. We have several new products that we’re currently launching into the market, combined with this recent accolade and I’m genuinely excited about the future.”