Bridon Launches Advanced Steel Rope Development Facility

Chris Newton (Group Technical Director), Jon Templeman (Global CEO), Rosie Winterton (MP for Doncaster Central)

Chris Newton (Group Technical Director), Jon Templeman (Global CEO), Rosie Winterton (MP for Doncaster Central)

International rope manufacturer Bridon has launched a state-of-the-art facility for the development of the world’s most advanced steel ropes.   The Bridon Technology Centre (BTC) houses a range of purpose-built equipment to test rope properties and performance, enabling Bridon to refine complex rope constructions and optimise their design.  The facility is set to develop the largest and most sophisticated rope products ever made available.  According to Global CEO John Templeman, “This state of the art facility will enable us to develop and test ropes that perform at the highest levels in the harshest conditions on earth, and to collaborate with our customers on tailored solutions to the toughest challenges they face.”

David Hewitt (Application Specialist)

David Hewitt (Application Specialist)

Bridon has cited demand across a number of key industries as the primary motivation behind the Centre’s development, noting the widespread need for stronger, more sophisticated ropes that can perform at the highest levels in the world’s most punishing environments.  Bridon has invested £5 million in the Centre’s custom-made testing and analysis equipment, which is designed to evaluate advanced rope constructions for their suitability in even the most challenging conditions.

Erica Gateley (Lab Technician)

Erica Gateley (Lab Technician)

The facility has the capacity to test samples from ropes that will weigh hundreds of tonnes, assessing their strength under extreme loads, their endurance against bend fatigue, their rotational characteristics, and their response to repeated layering on smaller, more economical spools. It is also invested with the latest 3D Microscope technology to examine ropes in minute detail, allowing for some of the most rigorous examinations ever conducted.

John Allen (Test Lab Technician)

John Allen (Test Lab Technician)

BTC also affords Bridon the opportunity to work with customers on selected technical projects. Over the coming months, the company is expected to enter talks with major operators looking to optimise a rope for their equipment or application.

The launch of the Bridon Technology Centre follows the opening three months ago of Bridon Neptune Quay – a state of the art manufacturing facility capable of producing the largest and most complex ropes in the world.

For additional information please contact Daniel Dolan or Elizabeth Jones at the Bridon Press Office on 0207-249-7769 or Bridon@withpr.co.uk

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