Seven-figure investment commits Saint-Gobain Pam Uk to future of UK water industry

Iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK is investing more than £1.3 million in new, state of the art production facilities at its headquarters at Stanton-by-Dale, near Ilkeston in Derbyshire.

The investment confirms the company’s confidence in the ductile iron water and sewer pipe market in the UK, and will enable Saint-Gobain PAM UK to provide an even more responsive service to customers.

The first phase, completed in February 2011, saw the full integration of the flange pipe processing plant and stockground, which will contribute significantly to reducing lead times in supplying fabricated pipes to customers. The facility handles pipes from 80mm in diameter upwards which are often required within a few days of ordering.

Meanwhile, a further investment is being made on upgrading the pipe finishing facility, which will now be able to accommodate pipes of up to 6 metres in length. Completion of this project is scheduled for September 2011.

Saint-Gobain PAM UK Managing Director Paul Minchin explained: “We are constantly seeking ways to optimise service to customers while removing unnecessary costs from the supply chain and this investment will help to achieve both of these aims.

“The improvements at the flange pipe plant will significantly reduce time from order to despatch, while using 6-metre pipes for finishing to UK requirements will allow us to better meet customer need.

“This investment is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the UK market – and in offering high-specification products backed by fast and responsive service.”

Further details on the Saint-Gobain PAM UK water and sewer range can be found at www.saint-gobain-pam.co.uk/water-press.

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