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s a leading supplier of mission-critical products to the bulk handling and conveying industry, Peterborough-based


Spirotech-SRD Group Ltd has a strong reputation for high quality design and manufacturing. This was recognised last year when a major oil and gas company placed a £5.5m order for pressurised screw conveyors, to be delivered over 12 months for use in the customer’s oil processing plants. The successful tender was awarded to Spirotech by the client, based in the Middle East, on both technical and commercial merit.


CONTENDING WITH ARDUOUS CONDITIONS


The project consisted of 32 large conveyors that were required to operate under arduous conditions with both high temperatures and high pressures to consider. The


completed system encompasses conveyors working on the critical path 24 hours per day, 7 days


per week, 52 weeks per year, across all aspects of the chemical process.


An extremely high technical specifi cation was achieved utilising in-house design, engineering and fabrication skills at Spirotech’s 40,000 square feet UK manufacturing base. Each conveyor was built to PD5500 CAT II with full third party inspection. Spirotech handled everything associated with the material conveying including site acceptance tests which were carried out on each unit. The technical documentation alone weighed 945 kgs!


GOVERNMENT FUNDING ENSURES NO DELAYS


The client was impressed with Spirotech’s technical expertise but before awarding the contract the client also had to be sure they were satisfi ed with Spirotech’s ability to deliver. The gap between funding manufacturing costs and receiving payment for the fi nished products would put signifi cant pressure on working capital and in this respect Spirotech worked closely with the UK Government, via NatWest, to secure funding for the project which


would ensure that there were no delays. NatWest’s detailed knowledge of the UK Government scheme helped Spirotech to successfully apply for the Export Credit Guarantee Department’s Export Working Capital Scheme. UK Export Finance also facilitated Spirotech’s working capital to ensure that critical delivery dates were met.


NEW ENQUIRIES FROM THE WEST Spirotech has been successfully trading


in the Middle & Far East for many years and the steps taken to fund this size of project have been both a useful exercise and extremely benefi cial, as Spirotech now has all of the necessary knowledge and contacts in place to handle much larger projects. Spirotech’s MD David Gadsby commented: “We are delighted that we have been able to forge such a good relationship with NatWest’s Relationship


Manager, Mike Cartwright, and


know that we can rely on its support to provide working capital to fund major new orders in the future. We are now receiving solid enquiries from the US and Canada - these are very exciting times for the Spirotech Group”.


Spirotech-SRD Group, which boasts one of the largest engineering departments in the screw conveyor industry, has the ability and expertise to work with existing and new clients, both in the UK and worldwide, on projects that encompass all aspects of bulk storage and handling systems - through to maintaining the equipment


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exterior of Spirotech’s UK factory


throughout the UK and Europe. The product range also includes pressure vessels, tanks & silos, pipe work and general fabrication; whilst the markets covered range from food and the water industry, through to petrochemicals and aerospace.


LARGEST 360º SINGLE PIECE FLIGHT PRESSING OPERATION IN N. EUROPE


A recent acquisition to help keep Spirotech at the forefront of its industry has been the purchase and installation of the largest 360º single piece fl ight pressing machinery in Northern Europe, allowing Spirotech to offer fl ights up to 1600mm diameter in 30mm thick material.


The market’s confi dence in Spirotech which has enabled such growth can be attributed in part to recognising the value of carrying out 98% of all engineering requirements in-house, and to the recent implementation of the ‘rapid build’ program which allows putting each department to work within hours of receiving an order, thus ensuring that critical deadlines are met without fuss.


QUALITY AND SERVICE ARE PARAMOUNT


Designing and manufacturing bespoke solutions to individual requirements, coupled with heavy investment in state-of- the-art equipment, with well trained and thoroughly dedicated personnel, all ensure that quality and service are paramount.


If you would like full details about single piece fl ight pressing or about any of Spirotech-SRD’s products and services please call Production Director Russell Gadsby on +44 (0) 1487 832 053 or email: russell@spirotechgroup.co.uk who will be more than happy to help. 


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