Tue, 17 November, 2020
TWI Industrial Member company, Somers Forge have added to their existing capabilities this year by creating their own glass reinforced coating as well as offering weld cladding services. We have worked alongside the world leading propulsion shaft manufacturer for several years, including projects for the marine and defence industry sectors.
Somers Forge’s new GRP epoxy coating, Somplas, has been under development for two years and underwent a series of stringent tests. It has now been approved by ABS, DNV and Lloyd’s Register and is ready for use to protect against corrosion while also offering impact resistance. The REACH compliant GRP coating is suitable for use on marine shafts and for wrapping equipment such as pipes.
Somers Forge have also become the first forge in the UK to gain ABS approval for weld cladding that improves the resistance of items against sea-water corrosion, offering improved lifecycles. This development came following an increase in demand for propeller shaft cladding and Somers Forge can clad both stainless steels and nickel based alloys.
The ABS approval came after Somers Forge upskilled their personnel with a number of world-recognised qualifications, showing a willingness to invest in both their people and their plant. They plan to continue this training to further increase their service capacity in the future.
This news is of particular interest to other TWI Industrial Members as it could have potential use in industries ranging from defence and marine to power generation and oil and gas.