Leading gasket maker to open £2.8m hi-tech-facility

UK gasket manufacturer J. A. Harrison will this month unveil new hi-tech production facilities designed to earn its accreditation to work with the world’s most heavily regulated industries.

The 38,000sqft design incorporates state-of-the-art computerised industrial presses – image courtesy of J.A. Harrison

The company’s new scientific facility in Middleton, Oldham – backed by the Department of International Trade through Manchester Business Growth Hub – will be opened on November 10.

J.A. Harrison’s £2.8m benchmark installation houses advanced technology, machinery and manufacturing processes needed to assure clients that its specialised sealing products and supply chain meet their industries’ stringent safety and quality requirements.

The 38,000sqft design incorporates advanced computerised industrial presses, lathes, ovens and cyber-safe security systems.

Enhanced handling, packaging, storage, cleaning, waste control and review processes ensure a supply of uncontaminated products.

It also offers efficiencies that will cut lead times and down-time in industry and allow J. A. Harrison to compete on price with gasket manufacturers in China and India.

The company, already a supplier of bespoke and standard-dimension gaskets to prominent energy and petrochemical businesses including Siemens and Total has as well worked with international aerospace companies, space agencies and satellite manufacturers to supply the automotive sector.

J. A. Harrison’s managing director Keith Shepherd said: “Safety of products, security of systems and contamination are big issues for customers in these industries. This facility addresses them all, and many more.

“We must be compliant with a wide range of industries so we can satisfy the tough auditing required of their suppliers.

Our sealing products have always been the highest quality available and we have a track record in creating innovative products, which many companies in these industries seek.

“But we needed to refine our processes and this facility has more than done that for us. It is a flagship facility for our industry and gives us the scope to produce gasket and seals for some of the most tightly controlled businesses around the world. We’re delighted it is now operational.”

The installation’s official opening is expected to be attended by the UK’s Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and representatives of The Bank of England.

It will also acknowledge the launch of an apprenticeship scheme, a new website and the rebranding of J. A. Harrison to appeal more directly to overseas users of it products.