Having a nose around the modern and all-electric casting facility near Stansted Airport where the AATi stair nosings are made, you will soon realise that the skill set for making the anti-slip stair nosings is used there for many other rail-industry cast products: signalling castings and DC switchgear, Victorian structures and carriage door thresholds, drainage and gulleys, and gratings, and fencing…
In the metronomic tone of Auden’s ‘Night Train’ to Glasgow, foundry and rail enthusiast and FSE Group chairman David Bisset rattles off a seemingly endless string of his company’s products, which gives the impression that this is a dedicated rail foundry and engineering facility. That is not exactly so, but, as a result of the synergies developed by the FSE Group companies over the years, FSE Foundry has an impressive track record of supplying castings to rail infrastructure and component builders, including its very own AATi specialist safety stairway products firm.
Prior to its move to Essex in 2001 where it became FSE Group, Enfield Foundry was well known for this work but originally came from Clydebank shipyard stock. “We still make the marine alloys and cast irons but are particularly proud of the rail-related work,” says David. FSE Foundry has a range of niche skills and metallurgical knowledge. As an example, they are one of only a few high conductivity copper casters in the UK and consequently they even export switchgear castings. Every foundry product line has a similar speciality, but all lines share the firm’s intense desire for quality, service and short lead times when the customer needs them.
FSE Foundry is currently very busy and expanding the factory to meet demand. AATi continues to work hard to ensure its great brand is being specified all over the Underground and overground network, and is proud to be walked over by the Great British Public in this Diamond Jubilee Year.Visit AATi Ltd at Infrarail on Stand B40
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