£20m major boost to UK manufacturing
THE UK's biggest dissolved acetylene production facility will be on stream at Stallingborough next year.
Good progress is reported on the £20-million BOC development which will employ state-of-the-art technologies and create around 40 jobs.
BOC says recruitment is almost complete. A company spokesperson added: "The infrastructure of the new plant is progressing well and moving into the final stages of construction – the building steelwork is complete and the cladding has started."
Work began on the site in January this year.
Acetylene is seen as critical to the future of the UK as a centre of manufacturing excellence and is used in a wide range of industrial processes by more than 160,000 customers of BOC across the UK.
It is used for welding and cutting operations as well as in the hardening of metals. As such it is a key technology in many engineering and infrastructure programmes.
The new DA facility is part of a co-ordinated programme to strengthen the supply chain for this product. BOC is investing nearly £10 million in the latest "ecological porous mass" cylinders which contain greater volumes of gas within the same cylinder sizes.
The company is also reinforcing and formalising commercial agreements with third party suppliers in Europe to ensure stable, secure yet flexible supplies. The new cylinder technology is compatible with systems used by continental suppliers and this will simplify technical compatibility and quality assurance.
Taken together, these investments will make the supply chain more flexible and responsive to variations in demand within the marketplace in the UK and Ireland.
The Government has awarded BOC £1.5-million from its Regional Growth Fund to support the construction of production facility.
It is understood the plant, which is being built next to BOC's special gases plant, will make the country a net exporter of the substance, as opposed to a net importer, a major boost to UK manufacturing.