Shropshire Galvanizers has installed a new hot dip galvanizing kettle as part of a £350,000 investment which also includes replacing its existing furnace and fume extraction system. The upgrade to the Oswestry plant was carried out during the 2019 Christmas shutdown and is now fully operational.
The new kettle’s cubic capacity is 40% larger than its predecessor due to it being slightly longer and wider. This will help increase the workload capacity whilst maintaining high quality standards.
Managing Director David Watkins said “the existing kettle had given us 13 good years of service and now is the logical time to replace it. Rather than replacing the old kettle with one of the same size we opted for a kettle that is 4.5 metres long and 1.5 metres wide. Customer expectations are for ever faster turn-arounds and the increased throughput that the larger kettle gives us will help meet these demands and is a fantastic opportunity to grow our business in this new decade”.
Shropshire Galvanizers also has a separate powder coating and shot blasting facility in Oswestry and is part of the Hereford Galvanizers Ltd group which operates a hot dip galvanizing plant in Hereford.