A company from Birmingham is exporting "leaves on the line" technology to Hong Kong.
It may be the classic excuse for late trains, but, like in Britain, it seems so-called "low adhesion" is just as much an issue in Kowloon as it is in Kings Heath.
Now Transys Projects (TPL), of Holt Street, Aston Science Park, an independent engineering consultancy specialising in the rail industry, is looking to sort out the problem.
TPL recently attended several events in Shanghai, including the Asia Rail Pacific conference last year, and visited Hong Kong. During these visits, company representatives learned of similar trouble to the "leaves on the line" difficulties experienced by British rail companies - and provided an ideal solution with an established product that is fitted to about 900 trains in the UK.
It has now connected a Japanese-built train running in Hong Kong with its Automatic Sander system, which effectively reduces stopping distances under slippery rail conditions by introducing sand between the wheels and the rail, in an initial order worth #75,000, also including design and trials. This could lead to further orders to fit the fleet of up to 100 trains.
Sales and marketing director Kevin Lane said: "The ongoing trial is providing very good results, and we are hoping this will lead to many similar orders from the Far East, not only for Automatic Sanders, but also for the many other enhancements that we offer."
TPL is involved in designing, building and installing products to improve reliability, safety and passenger comfort.
Originally established in 1989 as Hunslet Transportation Projects in Stirchley, Birmingham, it has 38 permanent staff and utilises additional consultants and subcontractors as necessary.
The company joined UK Trade & Investment's Passport initiative - a flagship scheme that gives new exporters the training, planning and ongoing support they need to succeed overseas - in May 2004.
Passport funding has backed the Far East push.
Helen Yendall, international cluster co-ordinator at UK Trade & Investment's West Midlands regional team, said: "It is a great pleasure to help such an enthusiastic exporter.
"The Far Eastern markets are not the easiest to penetrate or service but TPL has shown that with determination and a clear strategy, excellent results are possible. We are delighted by this success and hope the company continues to go from strength to strength."
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