VIP seals large infrastructure deal in the Middle EastFriday 27 March 2015, 10:19 am
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 £1 million and will continue into 2016.
The predominantly DN1600 large "Tyton" sealing gaskets enable ductile iron pressure pipe to be joined enabling the transportation of dirty and clean potable drinking water. VIP-Polymers are one of the only gasket manufacturers to hold potable water certificates 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 their 2022 World Cup programme which includes building 174 hotels, 12 stadiums, the spending of $4 billion on the Qatar-Bahrain causeway and a further $20 billion on the building and expanding 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 vacuum compression moulding press. The new machine was recently signed off at the manufacturer and is currently in transit to the UK with initial manufacturing due to commence in March. VIP is now one of the very few Global manufacturers capable of producing single piece moulded gaskets up to DN2200.
VIP-Polymers Managing Director John Millar says "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 to ensure that we are able to continue to offer our customers the high level of quality and service they expect from us."