Middle East project secured!Monday 29 June 2015, 3:19 pm
Cambridgeshire based rubber sealing gasket manufacturer VIP-Polymers has in recent months started supplying large diameter sealing gasket contracts secured in Qatar. The contracts won are in excess of £1m and still continue into 2016.
The predominantly DN1600 large “Tyton” sealing gaskets enable ductile iron pressure pipe to be joined enabling the transportation of both dirty and clean potable drinking water. VIP-Polymers are one of the only gasket manufacturers to hold potable water certification for temperatures up to 70 degrees – another factor which resulted in the contracts being successfully secured.
The investment forms part of the major infrastructure project within Qatar as part of the 2022 World Cup programme which includes building 174 hotels, 12 stadiums, the spending of $4bn on the Qatar-Bahrain causeway and a further $20bn on the building and expansion of the road network.
As a result of winning the contracts, VIP has invested a significant six-figure sum in manufacturing equipment including a new large bespoke compression moulding press. VIP is now capable of producing single piece moulded gaskets of up to DN2200.
VIP-Polymers managing director John Millar said “The machine comes with many benefits allowing us not only to increase our manufacturing capacity but to upgrade our capability. By investing in the latest technology we can ensure that we are able to continue to offer our customers the high level of quality and service they expect from us.”