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Congratulations to James Crawford, Managing Director of Wood Group UK & Africa, who won our 14 year old single malt in our business card raffle at Offshore Europe!

Please don't drink it all at once James!

 

We very much enjoyed exhibiting at Offshore Europe this week having made many new business contacts, a broad cross section of customers, from Tier 1 service providers to small independents with follow up discussions on collaborations to come.

 

It was a pleasure to see many of our existing customers on our stand, whilst also promoting our wide range of services to potential clients and industry as a whole.  Our gas cylinder handling products continue to lead the market, as shown with our new 450 Bar offering to Air Liquide, see more at https://www.airliquide.com/connected-innovation/quad-plus

 Our bespoke fabrication service continued to generate interest with offerings of 

  • containers
  • tool baskets
  • crash frames
  • skids
  • chiksan units
  • subsea transponder frames

all on show in our new promotional video.

We will draw our Whisky raffle on Monday after the show... keep your fingers crossed!

After 30 years designing and manufacturing equipment for the Offshore industry, Ritchie have celebrated delivery of their 20,000th DNV 2.7-1 certified unit.  This is a significant milestone in the company's history and also in the context of the global oil & gas operations.  This represents 10% of all of the DNV 2.7-1 rated equipment in the world and highlights Ritchie as the number 1 supplier of DNV 2.7-1 equipment in the UK.

Read the full press release here.

 

The Ritchie (Forfar) Team and the 20,000th DNV 2.7-1 unit

 

From left to right, Charles Roy (Ritchie MD), Alan Ramsay (RMEC Director), Sandy Black (DNV Surveyor)

Neachells Lane

We are delighted to announce the official opening of our new facility in Neachells Lane, Willenhall, West Midlands on 10th August 2015.  This new facility replaces our previous Willenhall factory, which after 4 years we had simply outgrown.

The new facility allows the business to bring in new processes and manufacture a wider range of the Ritchie product portfolio in the heart of England, close to many of our customers and central to the regional divisions covered by our customer services representatives.

With this new facility, customers will enjoy improved logistics, enhanced product storage and a future Customer Visitor Centre.

The site, previously a Mercedez Benz truck maintenance facility, has been bought and refurbished by Ritchie.  The gallery below shows some of the works undertaken, demonstrating Ritchie’s long term commitment to the area and strengthening of this part of the business.  Works include filling in of the old inspection pits, painting and the rebranding of the buildings with the distinctive orange & white Ritchie logo. 

  

Furthermore, in line with Ritchie’s commitment to the environment, the heating, lighting, and extraction systems have been upgraded to lower energy usage & emissions.

The site will continue to employ 10 people as well as 1 new apprentice, with further expansion in the pipeline.  The site will continue to house advanced production facilities, delivering high-volume manufacture of agricultural equipment, with further Ritchie products being added later this year.

We wish our colleagues in the new factory well in their new home and look forward to showing the facility off to our customers in the area.

Ritchie are delighted to announce that their Combi Clamp has been awarded a gold medal for product innovation at this year’s Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.  The award was presented to Dr Andrew R Edwards, Marketing and Business Development Manager from Ritchie by Mr J. Mackie, Chief Steward of Outdoor Trade Stands at Ingliston House on 20th June 2015.

 

From left to right; Andrew Edwards (Marketing & Business Development Manager, Ritchie) & Lord Forsyth 

“We are honoured that the Combi Clamp has been recognised for such a prestigious award,” said Dr Edwards. “It is a credit to all those involved, from the original idea through to the development, manufacture and supply of each Combi Clamp which has been making life easier and safer for sheep farmers for years. Coincidentally this award has been presented as Ritchie have launched our all new Combi Clamp trailer at this year’s Royal Highland Show.”

 

The Combi Clamp is a New Zealand designed, UK manufactured, sheep handling implement used for dagging, drenching, vaccinating, tagging and foot trimming of sheep and goats.  This labour saving device allows the sheep to run up the race to the clamp to be at a convenient height to carry out the required tasks without any back-breaking, manhandling of the sheep. A simple foot treadle plate utilises the operator’s weight to securely and safely clamp the sheep in the Combi Clamp allowing animal husbandry tasks to be completed with minimal stress to the beast or operator.  The clamp width can be adjusted to allow small lambs, pregnant ewes or even large breeds to be accommodated comfortably.  The Combi Clamp has been modified over the years and can now be upgraded to carry out digital weighing, EID reading with auto-shedding, and various options are available for making the Combi Clamp unit mobile, including an ATV kit and the all new, road-legal trailer.

 

New Products

At this year’s Royal Highland Show, Ritchie will be launching a number of new and innovative products that complement our agricultural portfolio.

Combi Clamp Trailer – a new ‘drop-and-use’ trailer has been introduced for use with the award winning Combi Clamp.  This affordable addition to the Combi Clamp range, is a high quality, road legal trailer that makes it simple to move the Combi Clamp and get straight into those sheep handling tasks.  RRP - £3,375

Root and Grain Bucket XL – the popular Root and Grain bucket now has a BIG brother, with an increase in capacity of approximately 50%.  This unit allows potatoes, beet and grains to be effectively chopped and distributed into feed troughs or onto the floor. RRP - £5,900

CosyHome – hygienic, housing for calf groups. RRP from - £1,800

Texwall – a fabric, temporary, bulk wall solution for grain, woodchip, etc.

Stock Cube II – a rethink of our ORIGINAL mobile forcing system, that now allows the operator to set up for a left or right sweep of the cattle. RRP – £4,300