Derbyshire manufacturer has winter warmer sales spike

Alex Campbell

A Derbyshire manufacturer of chemical solutions says it has seen a “significant” spike in sales for its winter rail products, as infrastructure specialists and train operating companies look to make preparations for the cold weather.

Arrow Solutions, the Swadlincote firm which has been supplying its products to the sector for nearly 50 years, is reporting that it has won a string of new contracts for its Thaw Granules and its Network Rail approved Third Rail Anti-Icing fluid, which prevents ice-build up on the conductor rail.

Whilst demand for these products has been strong, the company says they have been outstripped by interest in the company’s Ballast De-Icer and Universal De-Icer solutions, both developed and manufactured at its headquarters in the East Midlands.

These fast-acting de-icing solutions are applied by spraying the area requiring de-icing and have built a strong track record for loosening frozen track ballast in situ or in transit and quickly removing ice and snow residues respectively.

“Our Universal De-Icer and Ballast De-Icer are really key to keeping the railways moving, helping to de-ice track, switchgear, signals, rolling stock and de-icing frozen ballast…they’re very versatile,” explained Alex Campbell, who joined Arrow Solutions earlier this year as its dedicated sales manager for Rail.

“They are absolutely crucial with the sector continually looking to reduce the significant costs associated with delays and cancellations, not to mention improving customer satisfaction if we can work together to keep trains on time and on track.”
He went on to add: “What we have noticed this year is our customers are looking to place orders sooner than normal, making sure they have the right quantities available for when the winter weather inevitably starts.

“We are already 15% up on sales across the board for all of our winter products and there are still a few big months to come. The additional orders – with large infrastructure companies and train operators – prove our solutions do exactly what they say they will.”

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