Lovells Springs’ international reputation continues to attract the attention of locomotive manufacturers worldwide. This is taking place alongside changes in the Australian market.
Lovells Springs continues to win tenders to supply springs for locomotives and rolling stock under construction in Europe and Russia, serviced from its Newcastle, New South Wales plant. Loco suspension springs are difficult to manufacture, due to their size and heavy-duty nature, some over a quarter tonne in mass and with high stress levels in service.
According to Lovells Springs, European rolling stock standards are highly exacting. However, Lovells Springs has engineered the solution to the problems put to it. Lateral, as well as axial load performance of these springs are all closely specified, but proved a test that Lovells Springs can meet.
Importantly, Australian clients are turning away from imports and returning to the quality home-made product.
According to Lovells Springs, it is pleasing to see the Australian rolling stock market responding to quality and total life-cycle cost, rather than being solely focused on initial purchase price.