New Zealand Orders Raise Mechan’s Global Presence

Two rail depots in New Zealand are to benefit from equipment supplied by Sheffield-based Mechan, as the firm’s reputation for reliability and durability spreads across the world.

The specialist manufacturer is supplying eight 30-tonne lifting jacks to KiwiRail, eight years after it installed four identical units at the operator’s Hamilton depot.

Mechan Jacks KiwiRail New Zealand
Mechan’s jacks at work in New Zealand for KiwiRail

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Mechan’s new lifting jacks are to be used in the Wellington and Dunedin rail depots on New Zealand’s north and south islands respectively, to cater for a fleet extension and maintain several different types of locomotives.

Mechan has worked with KiwiRail to customise Mechan’s standard design. Having completed the build phase in February, the units are now being shipped to the other side of the world.

Mechan enjoys a longstanding relationship with KiwiRail, New Zealand’s largest rail operator, dating back to 2001, when an initial set of jacks was delivered to the Wellington depot. Last year, a further four 30-tonne jacks were created for the Auckland depot and commissioned in September.