It took a year and lots of money, but finally Forgemasters has won permission to sell pressure vessels to the Chinese – creating a potential multi-million pound revenue stream.
The heavy engineering specialist has been granted the top level of accreditation, opening the door to the country’s burgeoning petrochemical industries. Without A1 rating, foreign manufacturers cannot trade with China.
David Bunney, senior sales manager for forgings at Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “We invested heavily in new equipment to get A1 certification and had to undergo a stringent systems and processes audit to qualify. Accreditation offers significant opportunities for Forgemasters to build on more than 30 years of trading with China.
“We have many years of experience of manufacturing complete pressure vessels, storage tanks designed to hold liquids at high pressure, for global markets and we see the China market as being particularly strong.
“We are also providing project leadership so that other UK based companies will also be able to supply components or products for the wider project scope.”
The 800-strong Brightside Lane company, led by chief executive Graham Honeyman, has been granted a four-year licence by the China Special Equipment Inspection and Research Institute, after a year-long application procedure.
Forgemasters, which is the world’s leading supplier of castings to the offshore sector, has also recently gained permission to fabricate safety-critical cast and forged components for nuclear power stations, opening up the civil nuclear power market internationally.