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Traditional methods paying off; MANUFACTURING.

Quarry Bank-based Bird Stevens Ltd is celebrating its centenary by focusing on traditional processes.

The company has stayed true to its roots and is seeing its faith in traditional processes such as 'hot dipping' pay dividends.

This sees steel products dipped in zinc to give them a longer and predictable life.

Steve Ruston, managing director of Bird Stevens, said: "We are continuing to secure business for our 'hotdip' facility, with several of our UK competitors forced to close down. Our order book is strong, helped by the diversity of our engineering services, and the expertise of our fully trained workforce.

"The onsite 'hot-dipping' facility is becoming unique in our area, but Iam keen to expand on business requirements for this longstanding tradition and skill. I feel it important to keep traditional services alive to assist the next generation in learning a longstanding process that has been successful for almost two generations."

The 'hot dipping' process begins with a product being galvanised by hand to ensure that the molecular properties are bonded to the steel structure.

The use of zinc continues to be the essential raw material for hot dip galvanising and is also a highly recyclable metal, which is vital for both human health and the ecosystems.
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