Beverley engineering firm seals major international deal

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 31 Aug 2017

A Beverley engineering company has secured a lucrative deal with a Humber-based international manufacturer which will boost potential expansion plans.

Romica Engineering Ltd has joined forces with specialist designers Epsilon Engineering Ltd to deliver work for Immingham plasterboard manufacturer Knauf UK, as part of its own multi-million pound expansion plan, as previously reported.

Romica owner and managing director Bob Turner said the job producing a new stacking system showcases how Romica can transfer its factory engineering facilities and knowledge to other areas.

He said they received Epsilon’s order in January before a fast turnaround to allow testing in April ahead of full installation in May at the German construction giant's manufacturing facility by the port's eastern entrance.

“This brief involved replacing an existing material handling system on Knauf’s site responsible for stacking and discharging sheets of plasterboards,” Mr Turner said.

“The system is integral to the overall operation and improves product handling, process flow and enables enhancements in operator interaction and machinery ergonomics. The construction therefore needed to be reliable, efficient and durable”.

From left, Bob Turner, Sarah Turner and Adam Springall, of Romica, Beverley

The business currently specialises in subsea lifting and winching equipment in the offshore oil and gas exploration market.

This latest contract forms part of Romica’s campaign to diversify into new areas of engineering.

Mr Turner said: “REL was also able to provide additional benefits from a plant machinery care and maintenance standpoint.

“The system has been manufactured with the highest-quality welding possible, along with protective covers and bellows over devices and exposed mechanisms to guard against harsh operating environments, including plasterboard dust ingress.

“It further benefits from high-quality pneumatic components for the actuation process. This versatile piece of machinery is also capable of handling different lengths and widths of plasterboard. We have developed a strong collaborative relationship with Epsilon over the years.

“When they approached us with outline plans to develop a performance enhancing material handling system we felt very confident we could bring their vision to life.”

Kent-based Epsilon Engineering managing director Graeme Leno said: “We selected Romica as a partner on this project because it was a sizeable job in terms of the machine frames and construction process.

“In order to do the job efficiently we needed a partner with the right workshop equipment including large overhead cranes and a finishing facility for shot-blasting and painting, as well as a skilled workforce. The other benefit with REL is the fact it’s a UK company which helped us de-risk the operation.”

Romica exports its products worldwide which much of their manufacturing taking place in their factory in Satu Mare, Romania. They have facilities and contacts in the UK, Romania, Turkey, China, South Korea, Australia, and the US.

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