Metalcraft opens nuclear manufacturing facility

01 Dec 2016
Stainless Metalcraft has completed the development of a 1,600 square metre production facility in Chatteris

Stainless Metalcraft has completed the development of a 1,600 square metre production facility in Chatteris

A Cambridgeshire manufacturer playing a key role in the decommissioning of nuclear waste containers at Sellafield has officially opened a bespoke production facility in Chatteris.

Stainless Metalcraft won a contract in 2015, initially worth £47m, to manufacture three metre cubed boxes to store intermediate level waste from Sellafield’s Pile Fuel Cladding Silos.

It has now completed the development of a 1,600 square metre production facility in Chatteris, with potential to expand the site to 3,200 square metres as demand increases.

Austen Adams, managing director of Stainless Metalcraft and Avingtrans PLC’s Energy and Medical division, said: “Opening the new facility is a real landmark in delivering this important contract and was a significant challenge as construction works – including strengthening foundations to support the heavy machine tools required – had to go on alongside existing operations.”

As part of the project, the company has also invested £2m of capital expenditure to purchase plant and equipment tools for the site. This includes a robotic welder offering both plasma and MIG welding; two new machine tool cells; test and assembly cells incorporating vacuum, pressure and dimensional inspection facilities; and a specialist cavity mixing and filling cell installed at the site.

Mr Austen explained that the new site will employ multi-skilled workers across a range of roles, including 17 new apprentices.

He added: “In this, the centenary year of our apprentice scheme, we’re particularly proud to be able to offer genuine career prospects to the next generation of engineers and we hope the Sellafield contract will be the first in a long line of contracts we can bring to the region.”

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