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AESSEAL completes £1.4 million Test House refurbishment


AESSEAL has officially reopened its mechanical seal Test House following an upgrade totalling more than £1.4 million.

The test centre, where the company’s mechanical seals and compressor dry gas seals are produced and put through rigorous trials ensuring they meet the highest quality and performance standards, has undergone a major refurbishment over the past two years. The entire test house building and offices have been reorganised and refurbished to allow for expansion of gas seals manufacture, with the first high speed dry gas test rig arriving in 2017.

Rotherham Council leader Chris Read, who carried out the test house reopening ceremony, is pictured (left) with AESSEAL Managing Director Chris Rea.

This final phase has seen AESSEAL invest £800,000 in another five state-of-the-art test rigs, with a sixth due to arrive in 2020. These will ensure the testing process is even more efficient and accurate.

AESSEAL Test House Manager, Michael Rich, said: “The investment in the test centre over the past two years ensures we can maintain our award-winning customer service well into the future.

“All our test rigs can be run on an automated basis, leaving operators more time to focus on preparation and post-test analysis. They are also user friendly, which means new test technicians can be trained quickly, adding another efficiency to this rapidly expanding area of our business.”

The event was the highlight of an open evening held by the Rotherham-based manufacturer of mechanical seals and support systems to attract more South Yorkshire students into a career in engineering.

Michael Rich added: “As our business grows it’s crucial that we meet the demand for more people to fill the additional engineering jobs and supporting roles. These visits show young people that engineering offers a wide variety of professional career opportunities and is a far cry from the ‘grease and overalls’ image some might have imagined.”

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