UK Steel Manufacturer and Galvanizer Announce Partnership
Fastline Steel has signed a manufacturing agreement with Corbetts the Galvanizers for steel fencing production.
(l-r) Paul Jones (Fastline Steel Services), Sophie Williams (Corbetts the Galvanizers), Simon Prest (Corbetts the Galvanizers) and Mike Fellows (Fastline Steel Services). Photo Credit: Fastline Steel Services
Fastline Steel Services (Whitehall, England) has signed a £multi-million integrated manufacturing agreement with Corbetts the Galvanizers to exclusively use Plant A at it’s Telford site, guaranteeing over 15,000 tonnes of perimeter steel fencing will be galvanized there every year.
The decision marks a switch from dual sourcing to a more strategic partnership that can deliver increased capacity and reduced lead times.
“This marks the next stage of a five-year relationship and a new way for galvanizers and manufacturers to work together,” explained Sophie Williams, Finance Director and General Manager at Corbetts the Galvanizers, “Over £500,000 has been invested in creating the infrastructure so that the products can be manufactured and sent straight to be dipped in baths just a few meters away.”
Corbetts currently galvanizes over 100 tonnes of products every week for Fastline, with the second line providing the opportunity for exponential increases. Both companies believe this will speed up throughput and allow both parties to meet growth expectations.
Mike Fellows, Managing Director of Fastline Steel Services, went on to add: “There is significant interest in our core fabricated products, including steel palisade, rigid mesh, chain link, weldmesh and fabricated railing systems, with a host of new automated solutions also coming online. This means we require a strategic partner we trust to deliver the galvanizing capacity and quality going forward and Corbetts really stepped up when we gave it the challenge.”
Corbetts the Galvanizers has been supplying hot dip galvanizing to thousands of customers across the UK and Europe.
This process is stated to be the most effective and environmentally friendly way to protect steel from the elements and provides a long-term solution to corrosion (rust) and maintenance free protection in excess of 100 years.
From its purpose-built facility in Telford, it operates a number of galvanizing baths that give it the opportunity to process in excess of 50,000 tonnes every year and the ability to double dip material up to a length of 14 meters.
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