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March 2024 newsletter

Welcome to our March 2024 newsletter from Joseph Ash Galvanizing. This month, we’re talking about the history of metal treatments, galvanizing for the nuclear and energy sectors, careers in metal protection, and an environmental message from galvanized sculpture Fin the Fish.

Finally, we’d like to draw your attention to the range of bath sizes across the Joseph Ash Group, as well as give you advanced notice of our Bank Holiday plant closures over the Easter weekend.

Enjoy!

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February 2024 newsletter: Strood Waterfront galvanized and powder coated railings

Welcome to our February 2024 newsletter from Joseph Ash Galvanizing. This month, we’re talking about cleaning galvanized steel, the deadline for applying to the Galvanizer’s Association Galvanizing Awards (GAGAs), careers in metal protection, and the benefits of galvanizing for the telecommunications and datacentre industries. We’ve also welcomed a new Managing Director – Jason Anderson – to the Joseph Ash Group, and we’re happy to report our latest Net Promoter Scores which highlight various aspects of our service and quality.

Finally, in our Thursday Throwback story, we’re looking back at an interesting project we galvanized and powder coated (on behalf of W.S. Atkins, Claydon Architectural Metalwork, and Medway Council) which consisted of 300 metres of custom-made steel railings for Strood Waterfront.

Enjoy!

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Welcome to our January 2024 newsletter from Joseph Ash Galvanizing. This month, we’re celebrating our new Joseph Ash brand, and galvanizing in transport.

We’re also showcasing the range of opportunities available across the Joseph Ash Group if you (or someone you know) are looking for a new career. We’re looking back at some fond ‘Monday Memories’ of a bridge project we completed in Mersey, and we’ve shared some information about welding galvanized steel.

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Welcome to the December 2023 newsletter from Joseph Ash Galvanizing. This month, we’re doing ‘A year in review’ and looking back on many of the stories that made us smile over the last 12 months.

We hope you enjoy it!

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Welcome to the November 2023 newsletter from Joseph Ash Galvanizing. This month, we’re celebrating the sustainability of galvanizing, a Thursday Throwback story about a Bluewater Shopping Centre powder coating project, and we’re shining a spotlight on our Widnes plant.

We’re also showcasing the range of opportunities available across the Joseph Ash Group if you (or someone you know) are looking for a new career. Finally, we’ve published the dates our plants will be closing/opening for the festive break.

Enjoy!

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Widnes Galvanising

As we approach the end of the year, we’re shining a spotlight on our final plant for 2023. This month, our focus turns to the Joseph Ash plant in Widnes – Widnes Galvanising. A pivotal location among our nine plants strategically positioned across the UK. We provide insights into our services, cutting-edge facilities, and dedicated team members who tirelessly cater to our valued customers.

Location and history

Widnes Galvanising is situated on the Fairway Trading Park in Cheshire. It services clients from various areas, including (but not limited to) Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Widnes has a rich industrial history, and galvanizing has played a significant role in the region’s development.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Widnes was a major centre for the chemical industry, particularly the production of alkalis, such as soda ash and soap. The development of the chemical industry led to increased demand for materials and applications (including construction, transportation, and agriculture) that could withstand corrosion, and galvanized steel emerged as a popular choice for this purpose.

Widnes also became known for its expertise in the production of galvanizing equipment. Companies in the area manufactured machinery for galvanizing processes, contributing to the overall industrial infrastructure of the region.

Over time, as industries evolved and the demand for galvanized products persisted, the galvanizing sector in Widnes and Cheshire continued to thrive. Today, the historical legacy of galvanizing is part of the broader industrial heritage of Widnes and its surroundings.

A broad spectrum of services at Widnes Galvanising

At Widnes Galvanising, our expert team specialises in galvanizing a diverse range of steel products. From structural steel to street furniture, bollards, gates, railings, and balustrades – we ensure robust protection against corrosion for all.

But that’s not all. As part of the extensive services offered by Widnes, we go beyond traditional galvanizing. Our capabilities extend to powder coating, duplex coating, and spin galvanizing, leveraging the collaborative strength of the wider Joseph Ash Group.

We also take pride in delivering convenience with our comprehensive additional services, including a seamless collection and delivery service, full technical support, on-site storage facilities, and passivation post-hot dip galvanizing. Widnes Galvanising is not just a provider; we are your trusted partner in preserving the longevity and durability of your steel assets.

Bath size

The bath size at Widnes Galvanising is 6m x 1m x 2.3m, and the team can dip up to 2 tonnes. Bigger fabrications can be transported to other Joseph Ash plants with larger capacity baths, using Widnes’s fleet of trucks.

Flexibility

At Widnes, we recognise the importance of meeting tight deadlines. To support our customers, we extend our opening hours for drop-offs and collections. Our commitment to your convenience goes further with quick turnaround times – including overnight and within 24 hours – available by prior arrangement.

Uncompromising quality and compliance

Widnes Galvanising is dedicated to delivering services of the highest quality while adhering to stringent occupational health and safety, quality, and environmental management standards. You can expect an impeccable finish that aligns with BS EN ISO 1461 specifications when you protect your steel with us.

Meet the dedicated team at Widnes Galvanising

Our Widnes plant is powered by a dynamic team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic individuals, each playing a vital role in our operations. From the expertise of our shop floor personnel to the precision of our transport and truck drivers, the diligence of our health and safety experts, and the efficiency of our administrative team – every member contributes to the seamless functioning of Widnes Galvanising.

Your questions, our answers

At Widnes Galvanising, we are committed to transparency and communication. Our team is always ready to assist with queries about galvanizing, shot blasting, or powder coating. Contact us today and let us be your trusted partner in addressing all your steel treatment needs.


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This month, we’re celebrating the winners of the Structural Steel Design Awards (SSDA), explaining how the process of galvanizing works, sharing news about a galvanized steel sculpture for a National Trust project, and shining the spotlight on our Walsall plant.

We’re also talking about our upcoming events, venting do’s and don’ts (for preparing your steel for galvanizing), and showcasing the range of opportunities available at our plants if you or someone you know are looking for a new career.

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The Joseph Ash Group has nine plants across the UK, from Medway in the South to Hull in the North. This month, we’re shining the spotlight on Walsall to share its history and capabilities.

History of galvanizing and Joseph Ash in Walsall

Galvanizing has a rich history in Walsall, dating back to the 18th century when the town was a thriving hub of metalworking and manufacturing. With a wealth of iron and steel production facilities, the need for corrosion protection became increasingly important.

As the Industrial Revolution took hold in the late 18th century, Walsall’s metalworking industry saw significant growth – especially in the production of saddlery and harness equipment, catering to the needs of the equestrian industry.

The mid-19th century witnessed the expansion of railways, driving an escalating need for galvanized metalwork. Rails, fasteners, and signalling equipment became indispensable components of this burgeoning transportation network.

Then came the World Wars, during which Walsall’s metalworkers pivoted to producing military equipment and components crucial for the war effort.

In the latter half of the 20th century and into the 21st century, the galvanizing industry in Walsall faced economic challenges due to global competition and changes in manufacturing processes. However, companies like Joseph Ash adapted to these challenges by diversifying services and modernising facilities.

Today at Joseph Ash Walsall

Joseph Ash Walsall’s clientele extends across the West Midlands, encompassing areas like West Bromwich, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Avon, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, and Shropshire.

In addition to galvanizing, Joseph Ash Walsall offers shot blasting through an external shot-blasting subcontractor. As part of the Joseph Ash network, we also provide powder coating, duplex coatings, and spin galvanizing.

Our services are complemented by a convenient collection and delivery system, comprehensive technical support, on-site storage facilities, and passivation post hot dip galvanizing, ensuring a seamless experience for our valued clients.

Bath size

Our bath dipping size at Joseph Ash Walsall is 7.3m x 1.3m x 2.5m, and we can dip 2.5 tonnes.

For larger fabrications than the bath allows, we’ll transport long-length and wide work to other Joseph Ash plants with larger capacity baths using our own fleet of trucks.

Collections, deliveries, and quick turnaround times

Joseph Ash Walsall has extended opening hours to assist customers wishing to drop work off early and collect it late. Get in touch with us to find out more.

We can also provide a quick turnaround (overnight and within 24 hours) by prior arrangement.

Quality and accreditations

At Joseph Ash Walsall, all work is hot dip galvanized to BS EN ISO 1461. We also meet occupational health and safety, quality, and environmental management standards, including ISO 45001:2018, NQA ISO 9001:2015 and ISO14001.

Certification

Joseph Ash Walsall is happy to supply Certificates of Conformity for each job when required.

Here to help

At Joseph Ash Walsall, our dedicated and experienced team is driven by a ‘can-do’ attitude. We’re here to assist with any queries about galvanizing, shot blasting, or powder coating—just reach out to us!

Our plant is staffed by a diverse team spanning various roles, including shop floor operations, skilled transport and truck drivers, health and safety professionals, and our proficient administrative staff. We’re ready to provide the expertise and support you need.

Contact our Walsall team today to book a collection or get a quote. We’d love to help you!


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(Detail from Copr Bay Bridge)

The 55th Structural Steel Design Awards recently took place in London, where the much-anticipated project winners were announced and applauded. The 2023 SSDA Awards were open to steel-based structures situated in the United Kingdom or overseas built by UK or Irish steelwork contractors. Once more, the submitted projects displayed exceptional quality, celebrating structural steelwork at its finest.

Jointly sponsored by the British Constructional Steelwork Association and Steel for Life, this event was a magnificent celebration of steel’s manifold virtues, encompassing cost-effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and aesthetic appeal.

Five outstanding champions emerged triumphant from a meticulously curated shortlist of contenders. Six projects also received commendations, and three received merits.

Commendations went to:

  • Tropical Fruit Warehouse, Dublin
  • Ed Sheeran Mathematics Tour
  • The Outernet, London
  • Clery’s Quarter, Dublin
  • SAS13 Bridge Replacement, Birmingham
  • Montacute Yards, London

Merits went to:

  • Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow
  • New Riverside Stand at Fulham FC
  • Cody Dock Bridge, London

According to the BCSA website, Chairman of the Judges, Professor Roger Plank said: “The awards, commendations, merits and national finalists recognised in the Structural Steel Design Awards this year reflect the impressive quality of the current steel construction industry, and everyone involved should be proud of what has been achieved.”

Click here to read about each winner.

Congratulations to the winners and everyone who took part.

(Photo of Battersea Power Station by Edson Rosas on Unsplash / Award night photos provided by Steel for Life)

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Welcome to our September 2023 newsletter.

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on our Telford plant, celebrating the winners of the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association (RIDBA) Awards, and discussing corrosion: what it is and how to prevent it.

We’re also talking about our upcoming events, a new environmentally-friendly passivation process at our Widnes plant, and showcasing the range of opportunities available at our plants if you (or someone you know) are looking for a new career.

Finally, we have a ‘Thursday Throwback’ story about Folly Farm, and we’ve launched a new ‘Safe Deliveries’ poster for you to download.

Enjoy!

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