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From apprentice to graduate, FSP celebrates success

A design engineer at a firm of Shropshire manufacturers has graduated with a first class honours degree, six years after joining as an apprentice.

Daniel Brown, who works for Fabweld Steel Products in Madeley, Telford, has been made a Bachelor of Design after completing his course at the University of Wolverhampton. Dan joined FSP in 2013 and began studying for his degree in September 2015 on day release. His role involves working with customers to provide bespoke solutions for their drainage and access cover needs.

FSP has a proven track record in supporting staff development - its Operations Director Wayne Carter also began his career on the shop floor as an apprentice. The firm is a previous winner of the Excellence in Learning and Skills title from the Shropshire Star Excellence in Business awards.

Managing Director Richard Hilton said: “We are all delighted with Dan’s achievement. He has worked hard to balance the demands of studying with his day-to-day role. “Bringing on home-grown talent like Dan enables us to develop a strong and sustainable workforce that will support the on-going development of our business.”

Dan has used his career experience to act as a STEM ambassador to motivate and encourage other young people into engineering, said: “I am very grateful to FSP for offering me the chance to progress in my career and providing the framework for me to gain this professional qualification. “I am looking forward to putting my degree to good use for the benefit of our customers.”


Technical update for BS7903

For the last year, BSI’s Technical Committee B/505 (Wastewater Engineering) has been working on a complete revision of the British Standard BS 7903:1997. This Standard is a guide to the selection and installation of manhole and gully tops within the highway and has historically been used as a supporting specification to BS EN 124:2015 (Gully tops and manhole tops for vehicular and pedestrian areas).

The update of BS EN 124 in 2015 and the numerous product, technical and specification improvements and changes which have taken place since the last update of the BS 7903 Standard in 1997, meant that a completely revised approach was required to produce an updated Standard for today’s specifiers and end users.

The updated BS 7903:2020 will deliver this and will align directly with BS EN 124:2015 clauses, providing clear and concise guidance based upon a robust technical background of known failure mechanisms and industry challenges affecting suitable product selection and fitting/installation.

BS 7903 is currently at Draft for Public Comment stage which will run until the 31st October 2019.

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FACTA Board Meeting. A visit to Morgan Motors Company, Malvern

Once a year we try to hold a board meeting and enable the FACTA members to experience a factory visit with some relevance to our industry. This year we undertook a visit to Morgan Motor Company who have been hand building motor cars for over a 100 years.

Why Morgan Motor Company? Well for one they have been using traditional methods in a similar manner to our members who also hand fabricate access covers so we felt that this would be an ideal opportunity for the members to experience something different to what they have been used to.

Morgan Motor Company History

Morgan Motor Company was established in 1909 by H.F.S Morgan with the design of the now iconic Morgan Three-Wheeler. This was followed in 1936 by the Morgan 4-4, which continues to be produced today, and is the longest running production car in the world.

The authenticity of Morgan, one of Britain’s longest established motor manufacturers, has remained unchanged for over 110 years: from design and engineering, to craft and manufacturing, through to sales and tailoring, every Morgan is designed and built to be as individual as its owner, a bit similar to some of the products which our members themselves undertake.

Each Morgan is hand crafted using three core elements: ash, aluminium and leather. Every Morgan is entirely unique, built to the highest standards by passionate craftsmen and women, whose skills are handed down through generations and perfected over a lifetime, bringing together heritage, innovation and cutting-edge technology.

The Tour

Our guide for the day was a gentleman by the name of Ian, he was an enthusiast himself and very passionate about the brand, he has owned a Morgan for several years and has been involved with the factory tour for more than 5 years himself. He told me that Morgan Motor Company has around 30,000 visitors per year which is a testament to the brand.

The site in Malvern currently employs 220 people and have been manufacturing cars on the same site since 1914. The skills which they use have been passed down by the generations which have worked there and they undertake each year an apprenticeship scheme to ensure that the traditions are maintained.

The tour commenced with a 10 minute video explaining the history of the brand giving insights of what was to come on the main factory tour.

We started in a converted workshop area which housed some of the cars that had been created for events such as the Le Mans 24 hour race, it was also good to see other Morgan cars which had some sort of historical bearing on the brand complete with race livery.

From here we assembled into the chassis building, Ian explained that Morgan were know using component assembly techniques where a team of people were pre building parts in order for the assemblers of the chassis to fix them into position. He went on to explain that this modern day approach had reduced some of the lead time speeding up production without compromising quality. The chassis itself was brought in from a local company in Ross on Wye, and each chassis was put together using high bond adhesives, no welding was carried out.

Progressing from here the body panel shop was next in line, it was quite unique how each workshop was connected through a small passageway leading from one shop to another. The cars themselves were wheeled by hand through doorways at the end of each shop, there was no mechanical production line involved like you see at high volume production facilities.

The body panel shop used components either made in house from sheet aluminium formed using traditional fly presses, plate rollers, saws, hammers, dies etc. or they brought the panel in from a local supplier in Worcester. Each panel is manipulated into place and additional strength is added by folding the metal and adding Ash wood. All woodworking was carried out in the adjacent wood shop.

Once all the panels were installed the car was moved to the paint shop. On completion of painting the final stages were to put all of the finishing trims onto the car, all the leather seats were built from scratch as was the hood for the roof, all of these were hand fabricated.

The last stage of manufacture was a final check of the paint finish and then off on the road for final checking and adjustments.

Each car was accompanied with a build book signed off by the operators involved during the manufacturing process, our guide informed us that all the cars were built to order and each car was individually tailored to the client’s requirements.

To finish off the tour of the factory we headed into the facility which manufactured the Morgan 3 wheeler, this was a car which utilised a motorcycle engine and 2 wheels at the front and a wheel off a car engine at the rear. This car was manufactured using the same traditions as the 4 wheel vehicles combing wood with metal to create a truly unique motor vehicle.

On behalf of FACTA I would like to thank Morgan Motor Company for their hospitality during the day and for the very experienced guided tour of the factory.

Lee Henley - Chairman FACTA

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New LPCB High-Security Access Covers Brochure Available from EJ

EJ offer a range of LPCB certified fabricated steel covers, certified to LPS1175:Issue 7 in SR4 and SR3.  EJ’s GARRISON and DEFENSO high-security covers and frames are available in Flush Fitting, Hybrid and Upstanding units with a wide range of options and sizes.

For more information on the LPCB rated range of steel security covers, request your copy of their new brochure or download it today.

Request your free brochure here or Download a digital copy here.

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Solid Top Ducting System

Steelway Brickhouse has recently supplied a bespoke solid top ducting system.
The system supplied comprised of 3 modules with 150 covers in total the longest module being 42 metres in total. The system was designed to aid in easy cover removal and to allow for full chamber access when the covers were removed. Steelway undertook all the surveying, design and manufacture of the ducting system.

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Welding Extraction

Steelway Brickhouse have recently undertaken a £16k investment to improve the welding fume extraction on 6 number welding stations. The investment has seen a reduction in the amount of welding fume and compliments the investment that was undertaken a few years ago on another section of the fabrication shop.

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Manufacturer powers cabling solution on major London infrastructure project

Fabweld Steel Products, which is based in Telford, has secured orders totalling more than £346,000 for its bespoke cable brackets that will be used in a new network of underground cable tunnels in south London.

The six-year London Power Tunnels 2 project, which started this summer, involves the construction of 32.5 km of cable tunnels running between Wimbledon and Crayford that will allow for the replacement of existing electricity circuits.

The firm has supplied more than 1,500 cable brackets to infrastructure specialist J. Murphy and Sons for sub stations at Beddington and Rowdown. The project is part of a £750m investment by National Grid to upgrade and future proof the capital’s electricity supply.

FSP has already supplied duct cover systems and designed and manufactured stretcher access covers for the London Power Tunnels 1 project that saw a 32km electricity superhighway constructed deep beneath city streets.

Managing Director Richard Hilton said: “We are delighted to have a continuing role in this significant overhaul of London’s power supply. It shows that our investment in employee development, factory improvements and the retention of standards such as EN1090, 9001, 14001 and 18001 are now reaping rewards.

“Our in-house design capabilities, flexible manufacturing schedule and experience of supplying major infrastructure projects enables us to provide bespoke products and prompt service to schemes such as these.

“In the first phase of this project we were able to design and manufacture an entirely new product – the stretcher access cover – and we are anticipating further orders as the London Power Tunnels 2 project progresses.”

For more information on FSP and its product range, visit

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