Alcester based Smith Brothers & Webb, manufacturers of the world renowned Britannia Washing Systems, is embarking on a major investment programme which will take the company to the next level.

Improved manufacturing processes and enhanced IT and customer relationship management systems will ensure that the company will not only maintain its market leading position but will have processes robust enough to continue to compete on the global stage.

Two new service engineers have also now been taken on board with a potential 3rd in the pipeline for Scotland.

The £250,000 investment is one of the largest the company has made and is indicative of the company’s continued growth in the vehicle washing sector.

The company has enjoyed a couple of boom years, exporting as far afield as Australia, Hong Kong and India as well as to many countries in Europe.

Andy Barracliffe, Director of Britannia Washing Systems, said: “We are delighted to be investing further in our manufacturing processes to make them more streamlined and efficient.

“We are proud of our 70-year history of engineering excellence and want to ensure that Smith Brothers & Webb will remain at the forefront for many years to come.

“To succeed in our highly competitive we have to continue to invest and evolve, and we are committed to doing that.”

The range of Britannia Washing Systems includes models designed to wash trains, trams, buses, coaches, commercial vehicles and municipal vehicles such as road sweepers and refuse trucks. All of the machines are designed and built at the company’s base in Alcester, Warwickshire, UK.

Its train washing machines can clean up to 200 carriages an hour in any order of presentation for different gauge rolling stock, and its Britannia Streamline bus washing equipment can clean up to 80 buses an hour. Machines can be fitted with water reclamation systems.

There is also an under-chassis wash and Smith Brothers & Webb produces a Contained Effluent Transfer system that uses airline-style technology to rapidly empty train on-board toilet tanks.
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