Fit for nuclear action

July 26, 2016

We’ve set our sights on expansion into the nuclear sector, after securing Fit 4 Nuclear status.

The official accreditation recognises our skills and demonstrates operations at Mechan meet the strict standards required by the industry.

Run by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the scheme helps members secure work from civil nuclear firms at home and overseas by confirming their suitability as potential suppliers.

Currently, the majority of our business comes from the rail sector, but we believe there are opportunities to extend our reach. We have provided a set of jacks for a nuclear flask lifting operation already and our Fit 4 Nuclear success now demonstrates we have the skills, experience and drive to become a valued trading partner.

To complete the Fit 4 Nuclear programme, we were benchmarked against standards demanded by the industry’s top tiers, before business improvements were identified and implemented. To retain our membership, we will be required to submit bi-annual action plans and in return, we will receive continued support from the Nuclear AMRC.

Geoff Shaw, commercial manager at Nuvia, recipients of our lifting jacks, added: “We procured four units for use on a nuclear licensed site, which were designed and built to our specification and delivered within the required timescale. They have successfully passed all commissioning requirements without any issues and will now be deployed on an installation project. Accordingly, we are pleased to see such a competent firm secure this important industry accreditation.”

Fit 4 Nuclear is open to companies with ten or more staff with a turnover in excess of £1.6 million and its members range from established suppliers to those taking initial steps into the sector. The Nuclear AMRC is a collaboration of academic and industrial partners, owned by Sheffield University and based on the city’s Advanced Manufacturing Park. For more information, visit here

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