Anchors aweigh for northern foundry

August 2011

BONDS Foundry has been awarded a contract from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to manufacture and repair anchors for its fleet of ships and submarines.

The contract, which could be worth up to £4 million over its lifetime, will run for four years and was awarded to Bonds Foundry on the strength of its technical merits, delivery times and qualified staff with the necessary expertise.

The steel anchors range in weight from 4.5 kilograms up to 5.5 tonnes and include both non-magnetic and magnetic anchors, which require sophisticated metallurgical processes.

A spokesperson from the MOD said: “The UK Ministry of Defence is pleased to confirm the award of the contract for the supply, repair and support of anchors fitted to Royal Navy surface ships and submarines to Bond’s Foundry.

“The contract won in competition, extends the long and very successful association the company has developed with the Maritime Equipment Systems Project Team and its forerunner, the Warship Support Agency, in supporting the Royal Navy in this vitally important area of specialist support.”

Bonds Foundry director, Mike Best said: “Supplying and restoring anchors for the Royal Navy is a great privilege for Bonds Foundry having also supplied parts for the new Type 45 destroyers and the aircraft carriers, which are now under construction.

“We pride ourselves on our technical capabilities and competitiveness and are pleased to be supplying British-made anchors.”  

The contract comes as Bonds Foundry’s holding company acquired the former Kenmore ten-acre site on the Beechburn Industrial Estate in Crook, County Durham from Parker Hannifin. 

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