The company won a string of new contracts for its Thaw Granules and its Network Rail approved Third Rail Anti-Icing fluid, which prevents ice-build up on the conductor rail.

Whilst demand for these products has been strong, they have been surpassed by interest in the company’s Ballast De-Icer and Universal De-Icer solutions, both developed and manufactured at its headquarters in the East Midlands.

Alex Campbell, sales manager for Rail, said: “What we have noticed this year is our customers are looking to place orders sooner than normal, making sure they have the right quantities available for when the winter weather inevitably starts.

“We are already 15% up on sales across the board for all of our winter products and there are still a few big months to come. The additional orders - with large infrastructure companies and train operators - prove our solutions do exactly what they say they will.”

Perhaps this year we will be more prepared for wind and snow – stranger things have happened.