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Galvanised for lifeboat restoration.

A GALVANISING company has played a key role in the multi-million-pound refurbishment of a 115-year-old pier.

Newport Galvanizers, one of 14 Wedge Group galvanising plants in the UK, has galvanised 240 tonnes of steel on behalf of Centregreat Engineering as part of a major refurbishment and restoration of the Mumbles RNLI lifeboat station in Swansea.

The project saw the plant provide its hot-dip galvanising treatment to the station's tipping cradle, static span and slipway, before the renovated station's official opening - part of a major investment across the region.

Due to the station being Grade II listed, the restoration was commissioned to make use of the existing pier, and also provide a more suitable launch for the RNLI's bigger Tamar class boat.

Mike Small, sales manager at Newport Galvanizers, said: "We were delighted to support Centregreat Engineering with the refurbishment of the Mumbles Lifeboat station, an iconic structure in Swansea Bay. We've worked on a number of lifeboat station refurbishments over the past 10 years, and have supported Centregreat Engineering with other structures in Moelfre, Angle and Tenby."

Gary Higginbottom, project manager at Centregreat Engineering, said: "We have enjoyed a successful relationship with the team at Newport Galvanizers for a number of years now, which is why we chose to commission the firm's services for this exciting project.

"Galvanising offers the perfect finish for steel, particularly in a marine environment. It also provides us with the peace of mind that the steel will be maintenancefree for many years to come."

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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 13, 2014
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