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05/04/2003

Underwater Excellence

Newburgh has won a major contract from Vetco Gray Controls for the supply of subsea manifold kits which will be incorporated into their Subsea Control Modules for use on an international deepwater project.

The contract is the largest won so far for the company's new £5 million plant at Bessemer Way, Rotherham. The order should provide between three and four months of work for the bespoke Vetco cell, which is housed in the modern facility opened last year by the Duke of York.

Andrew Wright, Project Engineer, commented: "These kits are manufactured to the highest technical specification because the valves housed in them are an absolutely vital control on the supply of oil or gas. It was one of the more technically demanding jobs we have undertaken."

The manifold kits are engineered from Grade 316 Stainless Steel, plus Duplex and Austenitic forgings, under the company's widely-praised cellular manufacturing system. Two Heller twin pallet horizontal machining centres were employed, plus an advanced electro-chemical de-burring process, in order to meet the extremely high tolerances. The manifolds are designed to operate at water depths of up to 3,000 metres, withstand pressures of 16,000 psi, and have an operational lifespan of 25 years.

Marketing Manager Matthew Jewitt commented: "This order further enhances our strong supplier relationship with Vetco, with whom we have worked for about two and a half years in the field of oil and gas flow control."

Neil Robinson, Director of Supply Chain Management at Vetco Gray Controls, stated: "Newburgh's cellular manufacturing system was a deciding factor in awarding the order. Other important factors were their capacity to do the job and the development of an auxiliary electro-chemical de-burring solution."


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