Presentation on theme: "Rope-making at Bridon -Willington Quay, “Then and Now”."— Presentation transcript:
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 1789First fibre-rope making factory established at W.Q. by William Chapman.
3 1843 Site taken over by Robert Hood Haggie. He developed the business and expanded the site to 5 acres (20,200 sq.m.)
4 1885Demand for higher BL’s and longer lives, especially for mining – led to start of wire rope production on site.
5 British Ropes. 1924 British Ropes. Amalgamation to form “British Ropes”.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.British Ropes.N.B. R. Hood Haggie still remained independent.
6 1959 1986 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 Bridon 1989 Bri tish Ropes Don caster (H.Q.) Company name changed to Bridon Ropes.Bri tish RopesBridonDon caster (H.Q.)
9 2008 Where we are today. Output - approx. 26,000 t.p.a. Employees working 3 shifts.Rope diameters - from 10 to 140 mm.Wires per strand - from 7 to 52.Constructions - round, Dyform, triangular.Strands per rope - 6, 8, 18 and 34.Wire tensiles - from 1370 to 2260N/mm².Finished weights - from 0.5t to 137t.
10 26,000t - Where does it all go? 4% - Cable belt systems. Mining. 14% 2% - Aerials.Anchor and drilling lines.33%17%Fishing.30%Cranes and Industrial.