Posted: Monday 20th November 2017

A LEADING UK gasket manufacturer has unveiled a new hi-tech production facility designed to supply the water treatment industry with its most innovative sealing products.

J. A. Harrison's £2.8m installation houses cutting-edge technology, machinery and manufacturing processes needed to create specialised sealing products for water treatment plants. It also incorporates a tightly controlled supply chain that ensures the facility meets the industry's stringent safety and quality requirements.

The new state-of-the-art facility in Middleton, Oldham - backed by the Dept. for International Trade through the Growth Company and opened on November 10 - was conceived to create the next generation of advanced-design gaskets and seals for the water treatment industry.

Its 38,000sqft benchmark design incorporates computerised industrial presses, lathes, ovens and cyber-safe security systems, as well as significant efficiencies to cut lead times and down-time at water treatment plants. Enhanced handling, packaging, storage, cleaning, waste control and review methods are also in place to guarantee J. A. Harrison supplies uncontaminated products.

The company, already a supplier of bespoke and standard-dimension gaskets to prominent energy, chemical and medical organisations including Siemens, Dow Chemicals and the NHS, recently obtained ISO 9001 -2015, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 accreditations for its new production plant to begin supply of its products directly to water treatment projects around the world.

J. A. Harrison's managing director Keith Shepherd said: "Contamination, safety of products and security of systems are big issues for customers in the water treatment industry. This facility addresses them all and many more. We must be compliant with water treatment and sewage industry procedures to satisfy tough auditing required of suppliers. Our sealing products have always been the highest quality available and we have a track record in creating innovative products, which water treatment companies often seek. But we needed to refine our processes and this facility has done that for us. It is a flagship facility for our industry and gives us the scope to produce gasket and seals for the biggest water treatment projects in the world. We're delighted it is now operational."

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