Multi-million boost for firm

editorial image

An Arbroath engineering firm has secured a $7 million contract which could see the company add to its local workforce.

John M Henderson, based on the Kirkton Industrial Estate, has been awarded a contract by ArcelorMittal to supply two coal charging cars for operating on the 6.5 metre coke oven plant in Vitoria, Brazil.

The contract includes the design, manufacture, assembly and factory acceptance test, supervision of installation and commissioning of the new machines, which will be manufactured in Arbroath, where the company employs 97 staff.

It follows John M Henderson’s successful delivery of similar equipment for ArcelorMittal in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Alistair Lauchlan, executive chairman of the company said: “The Bosnian contract was a first direct order with the company, and we are now building on that success.

“Winning this order secures the business for the whole year. There is about four or five months of work for our design office and we have taken the decision to build the machines here in Arbroath, rather than on previous projects where we have built overseas.”

While Steve Freeburn, operations director added: “We are delighted to announce the design and manufacturing of the two new charging cars for ArcelorMittal.

“This new order reflects our standing as a global leader in this field.

“We have gained vast expertise over many years and are delighted to be doing what we do best, complete design and manufacture in our Arbroath facility.”

The main function of a charge car is to charge the coke oven with the required volume of pulverized coal during the coke making process.

The charging cars will weigh 130 tonnes each and are expected to commence manufacturing operation in 2015.