At a time of unprecedented uncertainty for UK businesses, and the manufacturing sector in particular, a well-known tank company is bucking the trend in terms of investment in people, facilities, processes, research and product development.
Balmoral Tanks, which has design and production operations in Llantrisant, South Wales, and Barnsley, South Yorkshire, is recognised as being a key supplier to the water, wastewater, anaerobic digestion (AD), fire fighting and processing industries worldwide.
The company has earned a global reputation for being able to provide an industry-leading portfolio of water/wastewater storage and processing products including GRP and steel sectional tanks, cylindrical bolted tanks, concrete and epoxy coated tanks. Balmoral Tanks has installations on major projects spanning Europe, North and South America, the Middle and Far East.
Political upheavals and global disruption have forced many manufacturing companies to either scale back their staffing levels and operations or, in the worst case scenarios, close the doors altogether. In stark contrast Balmoral Tanks has invested more than £10m in a purpose designed factory in South Yorkshire and an upgrade to its manufacturing processes for its range of epoxy coated and concrete tanks.
The new facility, due to open its doors in Q4 2017, will have a brand new epoxy coating line, in-line shot blasting unit, latest laser cutting technology and fabrication facilities. Allan Joyce, managing director at Balmoral Tanks, said: “Having built up a strong balance sheet over the years we are in the enviable position of being able to invest in new technology. As an engineering company at our core, we have designed a plant and installed processes that will be at the very forefront of coated tank technology.
“Supported by highly trained and committed personnel from technical sales and design through manufacturing, quality and installation, we offer these services either direct or through a network of strategically placed global agents.
“While on that topic if there are any companies interested in working with us, particularly in North America, please don’t hesitate to contact me via our website.”
The company says it has raised the bar in the storage tank industry by having the vast majority of its products accredited to industry standards including ISO 9001; LPCB; FM Global; and WRAS, while manufacturing facilities are capable of meeting AWWA standards. New approvals such as NSF 61 will be pursued as a result of the investment in the new facility.
The huge momentum at the company is behind the Balmoral Growth Initiative which puts the customer at the heart of everything. Simon Scott, Balmoral Tanks’ exports sales director, explains: “I have worked extensively with various companies around the world but have never experienced such a focus on customer service than that practised by Balmoral.
“A commitment to personnel development and the finest available manufacturing plant means that we consistently deliver on our brand promise of being ‘not just another tank company’”.
Pic 1 - top: Balmoral Tanks’ new facility takes shape in South Yorkshire and will be operational in Q4 2017
Pic 2 - above: Balmoral efusion® epoxy coated and concrete tank installation