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UK Source for High Spec Formed & Welded Pipes

Pipes in stainless steel and other high grade materials are often difficult to source when not dealing in Mill quantities, and bespoke sizes not produced as standard rely on the importing of formed pipes mainly from Southern Europe.

The only UK supplier of formed and welded pipes Bentham International ceased production in 2000 due to reducing orders and increased competition, leaving a void in the UK supply chain. Now however Angle Ring of Tipton has purchased and installed machinery from Bentham International and is intending to ensure bespoke pipe forming has a home in the UK.

Angle Ring is a leading supplier of specialist bending services to the engineering and construction industries and has been offering a range of steel bending processes for over 50 years.

Angle Ring are well known for their work in the structural market due to the high profile in the press of prestigious projects such as the recently opened new bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin which featured 368mm diameter tubes with a massive 80mm wall thickness curved to create large arches spanning the river.

The manufacturing equipment and production expertise of Bentham International was relocated to Angle Ring's Tipton facility and the pipe forming operation commenced in earnest in July 2002. The production equipment includes three press brakes up to 1200 tonne capacity with 10 metre bed: an edge planer for plates also up to 10 metres long: together with 10 metre SAF welding beams, equipped with plasma, TIG and submerged arc welding for the longitudinal seam closure of pipes.

Mr Barry Stone, former Bentham Production and Development Director moved from his base in Gloucester with the machinery taking with him many years of experience and expertise. Barry, who is known throughout the industry now oversees production of pipes and is on hand to discuss all technical enquiries and aspects of production with interested customers.

Pipes in standard and specialist materials, formed in plate thickness from 3 to 200mm and lengths up to 10 metres can now be supplied. Standard or special pipe diameters are produced to current ASTM, ASME and BS specifications, suitable for use in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries or industries where hollow tubular sections are used.

All welding is carried out to ASME IX Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes and BSEN 287/288 approved procedures or to clients' own welding specifications. Work is carried out to comply with tight or extended delivery schedules.

Materials available for pipe manufacture include Austenitic stainless steels, together with Duplex, Super-Duplex and Nickel alloys. Carbon steels including low alloy and high strength carbon variations can also be accommodated, together with other ferrous and non-ferrous materials including aluminium, copper, brass, titanium and bronze.

Alan Kilkenny, Business Development manager at Angle Ring, stated: “All products are produced to close tolerances, with full QA support and documentation, with welding carried out to Lloyds approved welding procedures. Ultrasonic wall thickness measurement, radiography of longitudinal and circumferential welds, surface crack detection and heat treatment services are also provided as necessary.”

The installation of the press braking machinery was the final piece in the jigsaw for our bending services, and an unparalleled range of sections, bar tube and plate can now be offered.

Angle Ring also offer cold rolling and induction bending of pipe work, including small or long radius and even including non-circular bends, with high accuracy and limited deformation in pipes up to 30 metres in length.

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