Thursday, November 19, 2015

News: Sarclad secures Chinese contract

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AMP-based Sarclad, a provider of advanced technology products for the metals industry, has secured a contract from CISDI, a Chinese company which set up its European base in Sheffield.

Sarclad employs around 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) in Rotherham in 2012 after moving from Chesterfield.

CISDI UK, a subsidiary of China's global engineering giant CISDI, opened its £2.2m offices at Victoria Quays in May and the procurement and design company has a shopping list of hi-tec, hi-spec engineering components for CISDI construction contracts around the globe.

Worth £190,000, the first deal will see Sarclad supply a remote strand condition monitor, a hi-tech quality control device to be used for a steel casting machine.

Richard Cowlishaw, managing director at Sarclad (pictured, third left), said: "Having CISDI located in Sheffield provides a direct link to the huge export market in China and will benefit not only Sarclad but other manufacturers and suppliers throughout the country.

"We feel proud and honored to have received the first order issued from its new Sheffield office.

"Our equipment will be used for measuring the critical parameters of a steel casting machine to ensure the highest quality of the cast steel slabs. It is custom-designed and manufactured entirely in the UK.

"The world-leading, hi-tech engineering equipment Sarclad offers satisfies CISDIs requirements in many areas of the steel industry, from steel casting to inspection and the texturing of rolling mill rolls."

John Lester, managing director at CISDI UK, added: "We are delighted to be buying from Sarclad, a company with a vast amount of expertise in the metals industry.

"The order will be heading for China, where our parent company CISDI Group will incorporate it into a continuous casting plant it has won a contract to build for Sha Steel in Zhangjiagang, in the Jiangsu province.

"There will be further orders to come from that project and we hope to place as many as possible within the Sheffield City Region.

"CISDI UK has a further £1.3m of procurement and design orders from China to fulfil on components within our first year, particularly those made to such long tradition in the local area."

Since March, Sarclad has secured further orders for steel plants in China and Germany. It also supplies plants in Canada, Turkey, Belgium, Saudi Arabia and Brazil.

Sarclad website
CISDI website
Images: CISDI UK / Sarclad

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