FTV Proclad International’s new operations Manager, Colin Maxwell, has outlined his plans for transforming the capacity and efficiency of the company’s Glenrothes headquarters as it looks to re-establish its reputation as market leader.
Colin initially served his apprenticeship with ITS Tooling, part of the Proclad Group, some 10 years prior, and has since gone on to gain extensive machining and management experience in the engineering sector working with major suppliers to the aerospace, petrochemical and oil and gas sectors.
Proclad has transformed its Induction Pipe Bending capabilities thanks to a major investment in its manufacturing process which will see the full bending process automated to improve quality, repeatability and control.
The investment sees the company continue to develop its investment in its Intelli-Bend system which was originally designed to constantly measure key performance variables such as feed, speed and temperature, throughout the bending process, recording them on datalogging technology and presenting them on a computerised dashboard.
Proclad Induction Bending has announced plans to extend its presence on a global scale, with a new partnership programme and network of agencies, to capitalise on the additional capacity and quality standards being achieved by its Intelli-Bend System.
The company boasts one of the largest induction bending capacities and capabilities in the world and recently announced plans for a major investment in its operations. The move aims to reinforce its position in key countries and re-establish itself as the world market leader.
Proclad Group has strengthened its sales efforts with the appointment of Gregor Burt as its new Business Development Manager as it looks to build on its total value engineering solutions.
Gregor brings a wealth of hands-on and technical experience to the role having qualified as a welder and fabricator before moving into the sales and estimating side of the business where he has held a number of management roles within UK based companies.
The Proclad Group continue to invest in their Glenrothes based UK production facilities having created a dedicated clean area for the fabrication of white metal projects.
This comes as part of their continued investment to support growth in sectors out with the oil and gas sector and demonstrates the company’s position to continually seek to improve very aspect of their service to deliver world class quality.
Proclad has appointed Alessandro Rottach as Managing Director for its UK and European operations as it looks to strengthen its position in the market and embark upon a new strategic growth plan.
Alessandro brings extensive experience in the global engineering sector having been Managing Director of United Cast Bar Group, Europe’s leading foundries and suppliers of cast iron bars with 8 owned distribution warehouses from Spain to Sweden and also part of Proclad Group.
Proclad Induction Bending has secured a major contract for its induction bending solutions in the MENA Region where its Total Value Engineering has once again demonstrated major efficiencies and cost savings.
The contract will see Proclad manufacture 10” bends with various angles from 44 degrees to 90 degrees from API 5L X42 material, all with a wall thickness of 64mm.
Proclad Induction Bending has successfully completed an induction bending project for one of the UK’s leading pipeline pigging specialists which included the bending of a 34” diameter pipe.
The project saw Proclad Induction Bending manufacture three 5D 90 degrees bends from carbon steel pipes ranging from 24” to 34” in diameter.
One of the key aspects of the induction bending process is the thinning of the pipe material which must be taken into consideration as it will determine the finished product.
Glenrothes based FTV Proclad International has celebrated an excellent start to 2018 by securing several new contracts totalling over £5million, all to be delivered in the next 12 months.
Part of the Proclad Group, FTV Proclad International is one of the few engineering companies in the world which offer a complete solution inhouse from supply of materials through to heat treatment, specialist machining, weld cladding, forged fittings and induction bending.
Proclad Heat Treatment have invested over £300,000 to manufacture and install a new top hat furnace with bogey hearth which will provide a working capacity of 9.5m long x 3.5m wide and 1.2m high.
The natural gas furnace can deliver a maximum running temperature of 1200 Degrees Celsius and has been designed to meet the market leading standards established by Proclad Heat Treatment.