Since establishing its rail division in 2011, the company has signed six big rail contracts, and subsequently delivered rail projects to manufacturers, including Alstom and Downer EDI.

In early 2014, a second contract was signed with Alstom to provide a ceiling made from composite materials for French operator SNCF’s 3UFC train.

One of PCT’s earliest projects involved the delivery of one of the first composite-based aerodynamic nose cones for German carrier Deutsche Bahn’s ICE train. Then in 2012, the company was selected by Downer EDI to produce low-weight but high-resistance front-end modules for Queensland Rail’s Sunlander 14 tilting train.

PCT worked with Downer EDI to design and engineer a pre-preg laminate for the front-end parts, using carbon and glass fibres combined with a toughened epoxy resin system.