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Steelwork contractor increases capacity

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Cleveland Bridge said it has increased production capacity with an investment in a new production line, which includes specialist equipment to cut steel plate.

The company has added a FICEP Gemini HD36 CNC plasma plate processing machine and a FICEP 1101DZB automated saw and drill line to its fabrication site in Darlington, County Durham.

The new machines will increase the company’s capacity to cut profiles from steel plate by around 50%, supporting both structures and infrastructure projects with small fitting components.

Cleveland Bridge Managing Director Chris Droogan said: “This investment demonstrates our commitment to increasing both our manufacturing capacity and productivity. It is also a welcome opportunity to upskill a number of members of the Cleveland Bridge team.

“While the principles behind engineering don’t change, the technology does, and in the UK this is more important than anywhere, given the importance of efficiency and innovation to our competitive edge.

“A growing number of projects require large volumes of profiled steel and this equipment will increase the speed at which we are able to deliver it. The work we do at Cleveland Bridge is in demand around the world and in the domestic market, so this is an ideal time to grow our capacity.”

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