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Local businesses take a seat in supplying for the new rail and railcars

  • 20 January 2021

More local businesses are joining the ranks of those to benefit from the opportunities created by METRONET projects.

Australian company Infrabuild has been awarded the contract to manufacture components for METRONET projects and Aerison and McConnell are now onboard to supply parts for the new C-series railcars.

McConnell will keep passengers comfy, with seats made at a new dedicated facility in WA. They currently supply the seats on all new Transperth buses and will also bring this work from the eastern states to the new facility.

Meanwhile Aerison will supply the battery boxes and cab structures, with a commitment for more than 80 per cent local content to create both.

These businesses join previously announced local companies who are supplying equipment as part of the Railcar Program, including Hofmann Engineering and Eilbeck Cranes.

The WA Railcar Program will deliver 246 new railcars needed for METRONET projects and to replace the ageing A-series trains.

Infrabuild, who have recently established a new factory in Forrestfield, will be building close to 8,500 tonnes of steel reinforcing cages for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension.

About 70 people are currently employed on site at Forrestfield, including an additional 13 staff since November 2020 for METRONET associated works.

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