Plant & Works Engineering

Royal opening for new Middlesbrough Service Centre

Published:  29 April, 2015

Sulzer’s new, purpose-built Service Centre in Middlesbrough has been officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, who was given a tour of the new facility by Arthur Grant, the service centre manager.

The new £4.5 million Service Centre is part of the national engineering and repair facilities that enable Sulzer to offer a 24/7 service for engineering solutions including the repair of large rotating machines across the UK.

The event was well attended by senior Sulzer staff, customers and local dignitaries who have welcomed the latest investment in the city which forms part of the huge redevelopment of Middlehaven, the historic industrial heart of Middlesbrough. Sulzer relocating to the new premises has also made way for the regeneration scheme, which covers an area of approximately 57 hectares (140 acres).

Sulzer has demonstrated its commitment to the North East by expanding the size of the available facilities by over 25%, which has enabled the company to create a new metal spraying facility and a comprehensive load testing area for both low voltage and high voltage motors and generators.

Peter Alexander, president of Sulzer’s Rotating Equipment Services, commented: “This new state-of-the-art facility is a testament to the high quality engineering that is present in the North East and the confidence of our Sulzer management team in looking to expand the business locally. We also appreciate the efforts of Middlesbrough Council that has shown its support for our vision and for the skills base within the town.”

Once fully operational, the new Service Centre will offer customers a full complement of rewind, repair and refurbishment services for both motors and generators as well as repair, refurbishment and upgrade services for many types of pumps. In addition, the engineering workshop will deliver a wide range of mechanical repairs and machining services while on-site engineers will deliver a full range of condition monitoring services including balancing, vibration analysis and laser alignment.