In 2017 Medals UK were commissioned to create a custom coin to commemorate a successful 10 years of Hitachi Rail Europe operating at their Ashford Depot in Essex. The depot opened in 2007 to house Britain’s fastest train. The train was built using their Japanese Bullet Train technology, making the trains aerodynamic, light and running at speeds of up to 140mph.
Hitachi’s investment in Ashford has seen the creation of long-term skilled jobs in the area. The depot employs over 128 people, including two new apprentices taken on every year. The Ashford depot has also set-up a work experience programme and holds regular school visits to promote careers in rail to local young people.
The impact of Hitachi’s investment is also benefitting local businesses. Since the depot was opened, Hitachi has spent millions with 28 local businesses who supply equipment and service.
The silver coin measures 38mm with a semi-proof finish. The obverse of the coin features an image of the train and the wording to mark the event “10 years of Hitachi in Ashford – 2017”. The reverse features their logo alongside the words “Harmony” “Sincerity” and “Pioneering Spirit”, the three values that Hitachi Rail Europe and their parent company Hitachi Limited strive to meet throughout their business.
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