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UK gasket maker opens £2.8 million hi-tech facility to create shortest lead times for energy sector

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J.A. Harrison is soon to unveil its new hi-tech production facilities designed to slash lead times on the energy industry’s most innovative sealing products.

The £2.8 million scientific installation houses advanced technology, machinery and manufacturing processes that will significantly reduce down-time caused by leakages on oil and gas rigs, in pipelines, refineries, power stations and offshore wind farms.

The supplier of bespoke and standard-dimension gaskets and seals to Siemens, General Electric and RWE N-Power among other major energy producers has earned a reputation in the energy industry for its responsive approach to customer crises, including full systems shut-downs.

The new state-of-the-art facility in Middleton, Oldham – backed by the Dept. of Trade and Industry through Manchester Business Growth Hub and to be opened on 10 November – was conceived to create the energy sector’s next generation of advanced-design gaskets and seals.

It incorporates computerised industrial presses, lathes, ovens and cyber-safe systems capable of maximising the 38 000 ft2 installation’s output of specialised sealing product designs at industry-leading speeds. Its efficiencies will also enable J.A. Harrison to compete on price with gasket manufacturers in China and India.

J.A. Harrison’s managing director Keith Shepherd said: “The new facility gives us a capability to design and produce the most advanced, specialised and innovative sealing products in the world for the energy industry.”

"Shut downs in the energy industry are extremely costly, speed is of the essence and this facility allows us respond more quickly to customer problems. J.A. Harrison already supplies gaskets and seals to energy companies as far afield as Australia because our turnaround times in the UK are still faster than our competitors over there. Our new facility will speed up manufacturing processes further, in some cases saving precious days or hours for energy businesses.”

"It is a showpiece for the gasket and seals industry giving us scope to produce more volume at a faster rate and we are delighted it is now operational.”

The benchmark facility will be revealed at an opening event expected to be attended by UK Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Bank of England officials. The event will also acknowledge the launch of an apprenticeship scheme, a new website and the rebranding of J.A. Harrison to appeal more directly to overseas users of it products.

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