Harborough firm wins Paris airport deal

Arnab Dutt, managing director of Harborough manufacturer Texane.
Arnab Dutt, managing director of Harborough manufacturer Texane.

A Harborough business is celebrating after winning a big contract to keep passengers moving around France’s busiest airport.

Texane, of Welland Business Park in Harborough, will be supplying polyurethane wheels for travelators throughout Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, which has more than 60 million passengers a year.

The contract is worth €500,000 (£414,490)over three years to the company, which also supplies wheels for London’s Underground and the New York subway.

Texane won the deal with its French partner SEDIS, which manufactures the chains that work alongside the Harborough firm’s Texane Tough drive wheels.

The team beat other bidders from France, Germany, Austria and beyond.

Texane’s managing director Arnab Dutt said: “This contract win has given us a major morale boost, demonstrating the talent of our workforce in producing a winning product.

“It has provided more stability and strengthens our long-term relationships in Europe.”

The company, which employs ten people, already does business in France, including work with the RATP railway network and the Paris Metro, and supplies wheels and other polyurethane components to other industries worldwide under the Texane Tough brand.

Mr Dutt added: “This shows it is possible for British companies to export to France, and while it’s true that French contracts are generally won by businesses in that country, working with a French partner helped us get there.

“I definitely recommend that companies build a relationship with a partner in countries where they want to do business, to access the resources and know-how that are required to win bigger contracts.”