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AESSEAL completes £1.4 million test house refurbishment
AESSEAL – the Rotherham-based manufacturer of mechanical seals and support systems – has reopened its mechanical seal test house, following a £1.4m upgrade.
The test centre – where the company’s mechanical seals and compressor dry gas seals are produced and put through rigorous trials ensuring they meet the highest quality and performance standards – has undergone a major refurbishment over the past two years.
The entire test house building and offices have been reorganised and refurbished to allow for expansion of gas seals manufacture.
The first high speed dry gas test rig arrived in 2017, and this final phase has seen AESSEAL invest £800,000 in another five state-of-the-art test rigs, with a sixth due to arrive in 2020. These will ensure the testing process is even more efficient and accurate.
Michael Rich, test house manager for AESSEAL, said: “The investment in the test centre over the past two years ensures we can maintain our award-winning customer service well into the future.
“All our test rigs can be run on an automated basis, leaving operators more time to focus on preparation and post-test analysis. They are also user friendly, which means new test technicians can be trained quickly, adding another efficiency to this rapidly expanding area of our business.”
The reopening formed part of an open evening held by the business to attract more South Yorkshire students into a career in engineering.
Michael Rich added: “As our business grows it’s crucial that we meet the demand for more people to fill the additional engineering jobs and supporting roles. These visits show young people that engineering offers a wide variety of professional career opportunities and is a far cry from the ‘grease and overalls’ image some might have imagined.”
Established in 1979, the firm began as a small distributor of mechanical seals, with ten employees and an annual turnover of £400,000. It now supplies customers in 104 countries, from 230 locations worldwide. In its 2018 annual report, AESSEAL recorded a 6.3% rise in turnover to £181.3 million.