News: Jan 2017

Supporting Michelin’s Investment in UK Manufacturing

We are currently working with Michelin Tyre PLC to assist them in the redevelopment and improvement of their manufacturing plant in Dundee, Scotland. As one of the world’s foremost tyre manufacturer, Michelin are always seeking ways to improve their product and better the customer experience. As part of a £60m+ investment project, we are undertaking the Owner’s Assistant role for the development of a new tyre curing workshop.

Once complete, this new facility will allow Michelin to manufacture a larger range of tyre sizes and profiles to meet market demands, while doing so with a significant drop in their energy consumption to ensure the future environmental effectiveness of their company which is of the upmost importance to them. It will also secure the future of the plant in Dundee and support the 800+ staff who are employed there, making Michelin one of the single biggest employers in the region.

To date, we have undertaken the initial design and full technical specification for this curing workshop, including the development of the fume management and ventilation strategy, provision of a new utilities building to supply hydraulics, vacuum and nitrogen and the specification for a new 4MVA substation on site. The project also includes the installation of feed and collector conveyor systems plus fully automated guided vehicles for the delivery of the tyres to the presses. We have also acted as Principal Designer and provided CDM advice to Michelin.

Following this design work, we have successfully undertaken a full procurement process to appoint an EPC contractor to deliver the works and, with the contracts now signed, the next phase of the project commences. Idom Merebrook will now provide technical specification approval for the detailed design as well as monitoring the works and contract administration on behalf of Michelin. As a facility that produces over 7 million tyres per year on a 24/7 basis, particular emphasis is placed on production continuity and the tie in of this development to ensure no interruption to production which will require the close collaboration between all parties.

Alex Sinclair, Principal Engineer for Idom Merebrook and Project Manager for the Michelin project said: “This is a fantastic project to be involved in and the science and technology that Michelin put in to their tyres is simply staggering. The opportunity to work with the team from Michelin has been great experience and the success of the project so far can be attributed to the professionalism of the Michelin and Idom Merebrook staff. We are looking forward to the construction phase of the project and continuing our work alongside Michelin to deliver this step-change in tyre manufacturing technology.”

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