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Hutchinson invests £500K in grit blasting & paint booths

Widnes-based Hutchinson Engineering has invested £500,000 and recruited five new employees adding the capability to blast, metalize and paint steel structures at its headquarters.The company becomes one of just a handful in the UK to offer the full design, manufacture, Fabricate, weld, blast and paint to highest international specifications.

It has invested in new blasting and paint booths, each 32m long, 5.5m wide and 5.5m tall, both able to handle objects up to 100 tonnes, which means Hutchinson further cements its position as the market-leading producer of wind, chassis and other specialist large steel structures.

Paul Adams, an industry specialist with a background in painting within aviation, has been hired as paint shop manager, alongside four other new employees who will help operate the booths.

The booths come into play once a structure has been fabricated. It is then blasted to remove any rust or mill-scale and to produce the right quality surface finish to enable the specified paint to be applied. Metalizing follows, which involves spraying molten zinc to prevent rusting in the most prone area.

The paint booth is fully illuminated and has the latest air filtration along with full automated low-bake system. Once applied, paint is specified to last up to 25 years. This new facility will allow Hutchinson to paint to even the most stringent oil industry and off-shore specifications.Dean Drinkwater, managing director of Hutchinson Engineering said: “This is another investment for us, but we needed really state of the art painting and preparation facilities to keep the full manufacturing process at our site. Keeping it in-house is the best way to ensure our exceptionally high level of quality.”

Published: February 9, 2015

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