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Mechan shortlisted for innovation award

The Crown Point bogie drop that has secured Mechan a place in the finals of the Made in Sheffield manufacturing innovation award.

The unique nature of the products made by Sheffield-based rail depot equipment specialist, Mechan, is being celebrated by the city’s manufacturing community.

Mechan is one of five firms shortlisted in the manufacturing innovation category at this year’s Made in Sheffield Awards.

The firm has been selected for the accolade, which recognises the impact of an innovative product or process, after producing a bespoke bogie drop for Norwich’s Crown Point rail depot. The firm’s skilled design team created the equipment to allow complete bogies and other underfloor modules on trains to be changed without decoupling, meaning they can return to service more quickly.

Winners of the Made in Sheffield Awards will be announced at a special dinner held on April 28 at the city’s Cutler’s Hall, bringing together competitors from across the S postcode.

Lindsey Mills, Mechan’s sales manager, said: “We are thrilled to make the finals of the Made in Sheffield Awards, which celebrate the world class manufacturing taking place in our region. There is no other UK company providing the same bespoke design service to the rail industry as Mechan and the Crown Point project demonstrates perfectly the high level of engineering skill and expertise we possess. We fly the flag for Sheffield at home and overseas and hope the judges recognise our commitment to promoting the local manufacturing industry.”