UK foundry group expands to meet oil and gas industry demand
A new, state-of-the-art steel foundry is set to launch to help meet growing demand from the oil and gas industry for high integrity steel castings – like pump casings, impellers, diffusers and channel rings.
The £4,000,000 investment by UK-based Bonds foundry group sees the launch of its third foundry, Bonds CastTech, enabling supply of a full weight range of steel castings from 0.25kg to 12 tonnes in all grades of steel from carbon to super duplex, complex austenitic alloys and nickel alloys.
Set on a 10-acre site, the new company has state-of-the-art melting and moulding capabilities which combine sand and ceramic technologies and includes central pattern management and pre-machining facilities.
With more than 70% of sales direct to the oil and gas industry, Bonds has a proven track record supplying high integrity steel castings to customers including Flowserve and SPX.
Bonds director, Andrew Shaw, added: “Customers in the oil, gas and petrochemical sector are increasingly looking for reduced delivery times and improved casting integrity to assist in the extension of the life of their assets, such as pumps. The investments Bonds has made to increase capacity and in material innovation offers customers more flexible lead times and improved technological solutions.”