Phil Brown, rail consultant, Salamander Fabrications 2021

Salamander Fabrications welcomes accomplished rail specialist

Sheet metal manufacturer Salamander Fabrications has appointed an expert rail consultant to further bolster its stance within the transport sector and secure large-scale project work.

Phil Brown is a highly qualified sales director – with more than 30 years’ experience in the UK rail and automotive industries – and has worked with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Tier 1 companies, SMEs and trade associations to achieve their business targets.

Having held senior positions within the rail sector, Salamander wants to utilise Phil’s extensive knowledge to help the team firm up new client relationships and secure business opportunities within this industry.

His consultancy appointment comes on the back of the Slaithwaite-based organisation being awarded EN15085-2 certification. This means Salamander can provide new parts for railway vehicles throughout the UK and Europe and submit proposals for high-profile sector projects.

“This is a great team. Everybody seems to be striving towards the same growth goals and they’re not afraid to invest in expertise in order to get to where they want to be,” said Phil who consults for Salamander two-days-a-week.

“Rail is quite a unique industry in that projects must be tendered for and only accredited firms can bid for large-scale contracts – that’s where the EN15085-2 standard will prove to be pivotal for Salamander.”

Having a passion for the SME sector, Phil believes the Huddersfield-headquartered business has an exciting future.

“It’s an ambitious workforce that has embraced innovative ways in how to provide an even better customer experience – you only have to look at its range of automated technology to understand that fact,” said Phil.

“Rail will be a huge growth area for the firm and I’m looking forward to educating the team further so employees can build on their skillset and knowledge.”

Working closely with Phil to secure successful sector-specific projects, Salamander’s sales manager, Tristan Jackson, added: “Phil experience has been apparent from the get-go. He’s come in at a perfect time for us following our EN15085-2 accreditation.

“We’ve already collaborated on a tender for an exciting contract that we’ll hopefully hear about in early 2021, and I’ve no doubt that Phil will continue to help us achieve our goals within the transport industry.”