Success for Corrocoat

Leeds-based engineering firm Corrocoat recently celebrated the successful first anniversary of a joint venture in India to deliver fresh drinking water to remote areas.

Corrocoat joined forces a year ago with existing licensees Kirloskar Brothers, an Indian engineering group and fluid handling systems specialist.

Based in Pune, the new company, Corrocoat Private, manufactures high performance materials from the Leeds company’s range, under licence, for applications such as the fresh water project.

This involves Corrocoat coatings being applied to 850 of Kirloskar’s pumps, ordered by the Indian Ministry of Defence for remote regions and border outposts.

Corrocoat chief executive Charles Watkinson said: ‘The success of this joint venture opens up new opportunities to expand our international business interests. Over the next few years we expect to see a tenfold increase in production capacity in India to fulfil a growing order book.’

Separately, large bore butterfly valves, engineered at Corrocoat’s Leeds headquarters, are to be installed as key components in major water cooling applications throughout the UK power industry.

Corrocoat claims it is one of the few companies in Britain able to manufacture equipment of this size, ranging from 48″ to 132″ in diameter. Consequently, it has substantial contracts in production, chiefly for Scottish Power and British Energy Generation.

Contracts have also been gained for applications at power plants in Pribram, Czechoslovakia and Yokohama, Japan, where the company has just launched larger and upgraded premises. In Australia Corrocoat Engineering is providing internal corrosion protection for 47 process tanks at BHP Billiton’s Nickel Project in Queensland. Other key projects are currently completing in Malaysia and Indonesia.