Canning Conveyor invest in new larger factory for Engineering.

15th January 2014

Founded in September 1965 Canning Conveyor is one of the country’s leading suppliers of bulk material handling equipment providing expertise to a diverse range of industries that includes; Power Generation, Waste, Marine, Mining, Quarrying, Food, Agriculture and Film & TV.

Based at their HQ on the Sandy Lane Industrial Estate in Worksop, the Canning ethos ensures that by working closely with clients they can offer the most technically credible and cost effective solutions that satisfy the most demanding of standards.

New factory premises
As part of a £1m investment financed by Barclays Corporate for the expansion of its engineering department, Canning Conveyor has just completed the purchase of a new 4,000 sq/m factory premises which is located on Claylands Avenue Industrial Estate in Worksop. The complex is split into adjoining factory units each complete with full length, 5 tonne capacity cranes. The units will be split into fabrication, machine and assembly shops, with two storey offices.

This major expansion was required to facilitate the current engineering department workload, which currently includes major contracts for conveyor equipment (London Mining) destined for Sierra Leone and SuperDrive ground conveyor equipment (Sibelco).

The new factory will also provide better scope and facilities for additional larger engineering contract work. The company’s success in gaining a 3 year contract with a large screen & crusher supplier for standard conveyor equipment will provide the foundations for future large scale projects. This new engineering facility will lead to future development for the manufacture and assembly of the Canning SuperDrive ground conveyor equipment and the Canning standard modular conveyors. This also coincides with the winning of a new order from Mansfield Sand & Gravel for a variety of ground conveyors, stockpiling & radial conveyor equipment.

The new expansion will also become the home of the Canning Film & TV conveyor equipment, including the unique patented Tumbleator™ moving platform, as this will provide the facility for build-up, pre-test and run for game-show, film and television work. This new facility was exercised recently for the pre-testing of Tumbleator™ equipment for the next Sky 1 game show ‘A League of Their Own 8’, which was recently fully operational at the new premises using a new bespoke 63 amp electric supply.

Canning Conveyor is also investing in additional works labour and engineering staff. Having recruited 15 new employees in the last three months, to handle the increase in engineering work within the Materials Handling Industry this additional manpower and the new factory premises will cater for this growth.

New projects
Canning Conveyor has just completed the installation of a project to design, manufacture and install the conveying system and structural steelwork that form part of the fuel handling system at a £200million state-of-the-art 50MW biomass combined heat and power plant currently being built at Markinch in Fife, Scotland. The system consists of both conventional belt conveyors and low maintenance air support conveyors and has been designed in close co-operation with both the principle contractor and end users. It has a design capacity of 920m³/hr. and is fully compliant with the requirements of CDM and ATEX.

Other high profile contracts recently undertaken include the design and supply of a conveyor system installed at a biomass plant at Tilbury and the design, manufacture and installation of part of the sewage handling system at the Shell Green process plant in Widnes. Contracts have also been supplied for a complete conveyor System for the PFA beneficiation plant at Fiddlers Ferry power station and biomass handling conveyor systems at Ironbridge, Kingsnorth and Didcot power stations.

In addition to these recent contracts, engineering work includes supply of ship to shore loading and unloading systems, mining and quarrying conveyor systems, structural bridges, screening equipment, silo’s, crushers and general structural steelwork.

Working closely with Quality Assurance Systems International, Canning Conveyor have been assessed and approved to working to ISO 9001:2008 management systems, standards and guidelines.

In addition to the in-house design & manufacture of conveyor drums, Canning are now manufacturing their own idler transom frames / sets and are carrying out further development work of Canning Modular Conveyor sections as standard product ranges. Canning Conveyor offer full in-house design, manufacture & assembly facilities and can incorporate and offer, both an in-house shot-blasting and a paint spraying facility, to provide the customer with a truly ‘One-Stop-Shop’ service increasing the company’s overall competitiveness within the market.

The company now employs 52 people and turnover has risen by 60% to £8.5m in the last two years.