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Event sponsor Paul Whittingham from Moneycorp (left) and main speaker Nick Brailey from Knorr-Bremse

Melksham firm shares £36m deal news over brake-fast

Britain’s trains will be coming to a halt a lot more smoothly, thanks to a £36m deal signed with Melksham-based brake manufacturer Knorr-Bremse.

The firm has won a contract to supply its world-leading brake control technology to Hitachi. The brakes will be applied to 600 new 800 Class trains, which will replace the ageing Intercity 125 fleet, and are due in service in 2017.

The company’s Wiltshire-based staff will help build the braking system and provide support for the next 28 years.

The news was delivered by Nick Brailey, the firm’s head of marketing and communications, who was guest speaker at the recent Wessex Chambers networking breakfast.

The next Wessex breakfast will be on Friday, January 31, when guest speaker Captain Bob Rushbridger will be briefing business leaders on the future of RAF Lyneham.

The event will be held at Cumberwell Park Golf Club, Bradford on Avon, from 7.30am until 9am. Attendance costs £12 for members and £40 for non-members.

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