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1 Rope-making at Bridon -Willington Quay, Then and Now. A brief history of rope-making at Willington Quay, from 1789 to the present day.

2 First fibre-rope making factory established at W.Q. by William Chapman. 1789

3 Site taken over by Robert Hood Haggie He developed the business and expanded the site to 5 acres (20,200 sq.m.)

4 Demand for higher BLs and longer lives, especially for mining – led to start of wire rope production on site. 1885

5 Amalgamation to form British Ropes British Ropes. N.B. R. Hood Haggie still remained independent. R.S.Newall & Son. Thomas & Wm. Smith. Bullivant & Co. Haggie Bros. D.H.& G. Haggie. George Craddock & Co. Craven & Speeding Bros. TyneWire Drawing Co. British Ropes.

6 R.Hood Haggie becomes part of British Ropes. Awarded registration to BS.5750 – now ISO.9001 – the internationally recognised standard for Quality Management Systems.

7 World Records - the Largest and the Longest. 282 mm – largest diameter wire rope ever manufactured. 25,000m – longest single length wire rope ever manufactured.

8 1989 Company name changed to Bridon Ropes. Bridon Bri tish Ropes Don caster (H.Q.)

9 2008 Where we are today. Output - approx. 26,000 t.p.a. Employees working 3 shifts. Finished weights - from 0.5t to 137t. Wire tensiles - from 1370 to 2260N/mm². Strands per rope - 6, 8, 18 and 34. Constructions - round, Dyform, triangular. Wires per strand - from 7 to 52. Rope diameters - from 10 to 140 mm.

10 26,000t - Where does it all go? 30% Cranes and Industrial. Anchor and drilling lines. 33% 14% Mining. 17% Fishing. 2% - Aerials. 4% - Cable belt systems.

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