Sheffield Forgemasters hosts pressure vessel forum

Sheffield Forgemasters showcased its many years of experience in the large, complex petrochemical market to members of a national manufacturing forum.

The Pressure Vessel Manufacturers' forum (PVMf) took a tour around the Brightside Lane facilities on their third visit to South Yorkshire this year.

As well as a visit to the world class forge and foundry facilities at Sheffield Forgemasters, members were given an insight into the AMEC Group Limited’s involvement with the UK nuclear industry by Paul Smith, Pressure Vessel Technical Lead at AMEC.

Steve Newall, managing director of CPE Pressure Vessels Ltd, who was the PVMf chairman for the day, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the PVMF to visit and tour Sheffield Forgemasters.

“The scale of the equipment and projects undertaken is impressive and certainly gave the members a more detailed in-sight into the world of large-scale castings and forgings.”

The forum, which is facilitated by Lloyd’s Register EMEA, solely represents pressure vessel manufacturers in the UK bringing like-minded manufacturers together with the common goal to support and help each other in relation to issues such as legal and regulatory matters.

Forum member and Sheffield Forgemasters’ sales manager David Bunney said: “Pressure vessels manufacture is something of which Sheffield Forgemasters has a long history, with large-scale units produced for many years and now enhanced by significant technology advances.

“Our major USP is the time-served reliability of our products which gives clients the confidence to work with us through the provision of proven technical manufacture.”

Companies attending the Sheffield Forgemasters’ event were; AMEC Group, Barton Firtop Engineering Company Ltd, Cookson & Zinn (PTL) Ltd, CPE Pressure Vessels Ltd, Edwin Snowden & Co. Ltd, EEF, Gilwood (Fabricators) Ltd, Glapwell Contracting Services Ltd, Graham Hart (Process Technology) Ltd, GWF Engineering Ltd, Hoval Ltd, Lloyd's Register EMEA, Pipeline Engineering & Supply Company Ltd,Portobello-RMF Engineering Ltd, Rednal Industries Ltd (Pneumatics), LBBC Beechwood and Whiteley Read Engineering Ltd.

Sheffield Forgemasters recently won a significant order to supply highly specialised forged pressure vessel components to a large global chemicals manufacturer, based in the US.

The contract, valued at more than three million USD, will mean Sheffield Forgemasters will produce forged parts for large-scale pressure vessels, designed to operate under highly stressed conditions in the manufacture of polyethylene.

For further information on the PVMf please contact Samantha Lee on 02476 518631.