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We are pleased to announce that we have retained our Rail Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS) certification for our range of AC and DC traction motor and motor alternator (MA) set repair and overhaul services.

Reaccreditation was awarded this month following a comprehensive reassessment audit by SGS CORREL Rail in January.


Michael Mitten, CEO of Houghton International, commented: “Quality and health and safety are paramount at Houghton International and we are committed to continuous improvement in these areas.


“RISAS is the benchmark for quality in safety critical repair for the industry and, through a rigorous assessment process, it demonstrates our capabilities and the quality of our work to our customers.


“Customers can be assured that we are dedicated to improving our processes in all areas, demonstrated by the reaccreditation, and will continue to do so across our full range of electro mechanical engineering services.”


Our accreditation covers multiple product groups including: AC and DC traction motors, Motor Alternators (MA Sets), transformers and inductor coils, gearboxes, and oil pumps.


RISAS is designed to provide economies of scale to the railway industry by reducing duplication in the auditing and assessment of suppliers of critical goods and services for the overhaul of assets and components. RISAS certification sets out to ensure that suppliers of critical products to the railway industry have the appropriate systems, processes.


For more information on RISAS and the approval scheme visit - http://www.risas.co.uk


For more information on the RISAS certified services that Houghton International offer, please contact Chris Robson, Technical Account Manager, on chris.robson@houghton-international.com or +44(0)7964394007.

 
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Meet our new Electro Mechanical #apprentices and #trainees.

We have welcomed three new apprentices and three trainees to our 85 strong team based in Walker, Newcastle.

Sam Gibson, Connor Lohan and Joe Rowan have joined Houghton International as Advanced Engineering apprentices. Over the four year Electro Mechanical Apprenticeship programme they will attend Tyne Met College alongside learning from experienced engineers on site, supporting the team as they develop their engineering skills.
Ryan Hutton, James Boon and Garry Bone have also joined the company as trainees, undertaking a Level 2 NVQ in Performing Manufacturing Operations. They will work alongside staff in the coil manufacturing division, manufacturing high voltage coils for use in machines all around the world.

The new additions follow on the back of the permanent appointment of five former apprentices who completed their training this and have taken on full time roles.

Michael Mitten, CEO of Houghton International, commented: “Investing in the future of our business is important in order to ensure we have the skills to continue to grow. Former apprentices have gone on to take on various roles within the company, including Heads of Division and Sales Managers.

“At Houghton International everyone matters and we are committed to providing a high quality education offering apprentices a hands on working environment, the opportunity to earn while they learn and work towards becoming an integral part of the company’s future.”

Apprentices currently make up 13% of the workforce at Houghton International, working alongside skilled electro mechanical engineers they assist in the repair, maintenance and life extension of electro mechanical assets servicing a broad range of sectors including power generation, renewables, industrial, water, oil and gas, marine and rail.

A number of the trainees were selected on the back of successful work experience placements and upon completion of the programmes there will also be opportunities of on-going future personal development to include HNC/HND qualifications, in addition to career progression within Houghton International.


http://www.houghton-international.com/new-apprentices-generate-skills-at-houghton-international/
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Houghton International celebrates 30 years in business with record turnover, profit and business growth

Electro mechanical engineering specialist Houghton International exceeded its £5 million turnover target in 2014, leading to record profit representing a 25% year on year growth and £1million investment plans for the Newcastle based firm.

Strong sales performance and infrastructure improvements have resulted in record results for the financial year to January 2015. Growth comes from expansion into new sales territories in the UK and overseas, long term contract wins in the rail sector and sustained development in its core HV coil business.
“In addition to our forecasted sales, profits in 2014 were bolstered by several large motor rewind projects for overseas power producers. We have also secured some strategic long term contracts that put us in a robust financial position moving forward.
“To exceed our target and break the £5million barrier for the first time is a fantastic achievement, especially in our 30th year in business.
“We plan to invest a further £1million into the business this year, financing new machinery, people development and factory enhancements to enable us to compete in developing markets and continue to meet our customer’s needs. This supports further double digit growth for 2015.
“We’ve set the challenge to hit £20million turnover by 2020 and are confident that our highly skilled workforce, innovative culture and reputation for quality will help us grow the business even further, both in the UK and further afield.”

To support this the company expects to take on around 150 new employees, invest £2million into R&D and expand into new manufacturing space to accommodate the increase in demand over the next five years. Houghton International has also committed to taking on six new apprentices this year, following the graduation of four of its current recruits with HNC qualifications.
Founded in 1984 by Michael’s parents, Ron and Christine Mitten, Houghton International has expanded over the last 30 years into a multi-million pound, multinational business. The company has grown from originally serving one customer to now working with over 200 customers in the UK and beyond. Houghton International currently export to over 15 countries worldwide, including Canada, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nigeria, Norway, Venezuela, Malaysia, the Middle East, the USA and the Caribbean.
Located over three sites on Walker riverside, it now employs 80 staff and specialises in the repair, maintenance and life extension of electrical mechanical assets servicing a broad range of sectors including power generation, renewables, industrial, water, oil and gas, marine and rail.
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Houghton International achieve RISAS certification

Electro mechanical engineering specialist Houghton International has recently been awarded Rail Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS) certification for it its range of AC and DC traction motor and motor alternator (MA) set repair and overhaul services.

RISAS is designed to provide economies of scale to the railway industry by reducing duplication in the auditing and assessment of suppliers of critical goods and services for the overhaul of assets and components. RISAS certification sets out to ensure that suppliers of critical products to the railway industry have the appropriate systems, processes, competence, resources, facilities and procedures.

Michael Mitten, CEO of Houghton International, commented: “RISAS is the benchmark for quality in safety critical repair for the industry therefore it was important for us to demonstrate our capabilities achieve these standards via this rigorous assessment process.
“To gain the award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering maintenance and overhaul services to the highest standard through our robust quality management processes and our culture of continuous improvement to achieve world class standards in electro mechanical engineering.

“Not only will this accreditation provide customers with the reassurance that the services we deliver are of the highest quality but also it will save them time and money by providing a reliable and independent assessment of our capabilities.”

The prestigious accreditation, awarded following assessment by SGS CORREL Rail, covers multiple product groups including: AC and DC traction motors, Motor Alternators (MA Sets), transformers and inductor coils, gearboxes, and oil pumps.

Chairman of the RISAS Board, Tim Dugher said: “This is great news for Houghton International, and great news for the RISAS scheme and broader rail industry. It will be a boost for the company’s business and kudos, and demonstrates their commitment to meet the high expectations of customers in the procurement and engineering community in rail.”

Barry Cullinane, who led the SGS RISAS team during the assessment, commented: “SGS awarded Houghton International their RISAS certificate following a comprehensive assessment of both their production and management processes. We always have to ensure that the business we are assessing has robust processes and procedures and that they are being applied and we’re delighted that Houghton International could clearly demonstrate that they are.”
Established in 1984, Houghton International specialise in the repair and maintenance of AC and DC traction motors and motor alternator sets. Using its in house developed HiTRAX coils, patented transient dynamic MA Set test process and high voltage expertise, Houghton International work with ROSCO’s, TOC’s and bogey overhaulers to reduce costs and improve reliability by extending the life of their electro-mechanical assets.

Following significant investment in new facilities, including silicone and epoxy VPI plants, Houghton International is set up to deliver an end to end service including consultancy, analysis, repair, test and impregnation of traction motors, MA sets, HST alternators, DC line inductors and other auxiliary equipment.

Visit the RISAS website to view the certification – RISAS
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Houghton International ‘amps’ up team with three key appointments
 
We have strengthened our management team with three new recruits to support the company’s ambitious growth plans for 2016 and beyond.
Julie McSherry joins the team as Finance Manager; Joanne Angus as Operations Planning Manager and Mark Wilkinson as Procurement Manager. The newly created positions reinforce key areas of the business and are designed to streamline process, reduce operating costs and help prepare the company for future growth.
Michael Mitten, CEO of Houghton International, commented: “Coming off the back of a strong 2014/15, our best year to date, we are strengthening our management structure to support the business going forward.
“Julie, Joanne and Mark are joining the business at an exciting time of growth and I’m confident their skills and experience will be a big help in assisting the business to achieve our targeted £20million turnover by 2020.
“Further to this we have four apprentices completing their time with us this year and are in the process of recruiting four more apprentices to grow our operations team and add to the electro mechanical skills we have in house.”
Joining the team from Siemens in Newcastle, Julie brings a wealth of industrial accounting and finance experience. She will work as part of the finance team to improve processes and management information to inform growth strategies. Commenting on joining the team, Julie said: “I am delighted to have joined Houghton International, the company has clear growth potential and an innovative culture. Everyone has been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to working with the team.”
Operations planning manager Joanne joins the company from Bernicia and will be working with the operations team to plan workloads to ensure the company continues to deliver in line with market demand as it grows. Joanne said: “Houghton International has a great reputation for customer service and planning has an essential role to play in this. Working with the team we will put the processes in place to ensure this continues moving forward.”
Previously at SMD Limited, Mark will be working with suppliers to reduce operating costs and strengthen the supply chain throughout the business. Mark added: “Customers rely on Houghton International to return their motors on time and in good working order, our suppliers have a key role to play in this and this is a great opportunity to build those relationships and work together to deliver a top quality service.”
Founded in 1984 by Michael’s parents, Ron and Christine Mitten, Houghton International has expanded over the last 30 years into a multi-million pound, multinational business. The company has grown from originally serving one customer to now working with over 200 customers in the UK and beyond. Houghton International currently export to over 15 countries worldwide, including Canada, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nigeria, Norway, Venezuela, Malaysia, the Middle East, the USA and the Caribbean.
Located over three sites on Walker riverside, it now employs 80 staff and specialises in the repair, maintenance and life extension of electrical mechanical assets servicing a broad range of sectors including power generation, renewables, industrial, water, oil and gas, marine and rail.
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We won the Apprenticeships category at the Tyneside & Northumberland heat of the North East Business Awards 2014 held on Thursday 20th March 2014 at the Hilton Hotel, Gateshead.

This is an excellent achievement and demonstrates our commitment to investing in people in order to ensure we have the skills to continue to grow the business and become an Employer of Choice.

For further information visit: http://www.houghton-international.com/apprenticeships-winner-north-east-business-awards-2014/

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We were a finalist in the ‘Training and Development’ category at the Rail Business Awards 2013 held at the London Hilton Park Lane on 27th February 2014. The prestigious annual event was attended by 750 guests from across the industry.

We are pleased that we have been recognised for our commitment to training and development as we are passionate about investing in people in order to ensure we have the skills to continue to grow the business and become an employer of choice. This is highlighted by our partnership with South West Trains, one of the best performing mid-life operators to create an apprentice exchange programme.

For more information visit http://www.houghton-international.com/rail-business-awards-2013/
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Electro mechanical engineering specialist Houghton International have been awarded BSI EN ISO 14001:2004 Certification for their commitment to Environmental Management. The standard exists to assist organisations implement demonstrably robust environmental management performance and is widely regarded as the world’s most recognised environmental management systems standard.
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