Thursday, September 19, 2013

News: Sarclad's contract success continues

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Sarclad, a provider of advanced technology products for the metals industry, continues to secure major contracts from across the world.

The firm employs 65 staff and specialises in world-leading products and applications for measurement, monitoring and quality improvement in the production and rolling of steel. Investing £1.6m and doubling capacity, Sarclad opened a new facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) last year after moving from Chesterfield.

The move continues to pay off, with a number of export orders recently announced for the Rollscan inspection system that uses the latest digital electronics technology and custom application software to detect surface and sub-surface flaws of hot and cold mill rolls during the steel-making process.

One contract is an order of three units for Ternium in Mexico with another two orders for Rollscan units at both North American Stainless and Indian company, Tata Tarapur. Argentinian company, Siderar have also ordered a unit.

Sarclad is also continuing its success with its Strand Condition Monitor (SCM) despite the current difficult marketplace. The system provides accurate measurement and assessment that is essential for the production of high quality steel.

New orders have been secured from the US and India whilst upgrades have been commissioned for existing SCM systems in the UK, Holland, Belgium, Czech Republic, the USA and South Africa.

Steve Shillito, SCM project manager at Sarclad, said: "While capital expenditure for new equipment is still considered a luxury for many steel producers around the world, Sarclad continues to support its existing customer base by keeping ahead of electronic hardware obsolescence with new developments."

Sarclad's other major product is Rolltex, its Electro Discharge Texturing (EDT) equipment that is used to provide surface textures on cold mill rolls in steel-making facilities. New orders have been placed for installations in America, China, Mexico, India, Italy, Russia and Japan.

A spokesperson for Sarclad said that the contract wins were "fantastic news for the business that emphasise our wide global presence within the steel industry.

"Looking ahead at the near future, Sarclad are pleased to be able to announce that we already have EDT machines due to be built, tested and delivered before the end of this year. This includes a 72 electrode for both Pangang and VAMA in China. In addition, Novelis who are a new customer in South Korea have ordered a 12 electrode EDT machine.

"Our order book for 2014 is already filling up with projects for Alcoa in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a 12 electrode machine and Chinese company Tangshan have ordered a 72 electrode machine."

Sarclad website

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