West Midlands based tube manipulation, high integrity welding and pressure vessel manufacturers European Heathyards are pleased to announce the opening of its new nuclear facility.
The new 10,000 sq ft fully equipped workshop, which has been built and commissioned in under 16 months, houses two 10 tonne overhead cranes and offers a clean, secure manufacturing environment with biometric controlled restricted access.
The fully sealed unit, which also includes office space and a bonded store, expands the business capability to move into the nuclear decommissioning and new power generation plant markets, with a view to increasing market share within the Petrochemical sector.
The investment in the new facility, formerly used as an outside storage area, is anticipated to create 15-20 new jobs over the following 12-18 months. It is also estimated to increase turnover by as much as 30% over a similar period for one of the UK’s leading pressure vessel manufacturers.
Speaking at the opening of the workshop, Technical Director Arran Nash commented.
“Our new workshop is an important step in advancing our capability in the thriving nuclear sector and help to establish us further as pressure vessel manufacturers across a diverse range of business sectors. European Heathyards have been pre-qualified by Achilles UVDB (EDF Nuclear) and we are also currently engaged on the fit for nuclear programme”
“This will expand European Heathyards capabilities to deliver large scale contracts for key players in the Nuclear and Petrochemical industry”
The investment European Heathyards have made in the new workshop and machinery has been reinforced with a significant amount of time and investment into achieving certification in several quality standards. Currently accredited to the globally recognised ISO 9001 ‘quality management system’ and ISO 14001 ‘environmental management system’ they have completed the first phase towards achieving BS OHSAS 18001 ‘occupational health and safety management’ with the second phase due for completion in September 2015.
Having achieved accreditation to ASME U Stamp (Boilers and Pressure Vessels), the business has started the initial consultation, with the view to achieving, accreditation for ASME S-stamp (Power boiler) ASME PP-stamp (Power piping) & ASME R-Stamp (Repairs and alterations)
Work has also been completed on the first phase and are now entering the second phase towards accreditation of BS EN 1090 ‘Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures’
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