Well-established North-East subcontract sheet metal fabrication company, Hydram Engineering, has been successfully recertified for its existing ISO standards following an audit by SGS in September 2021.

This recertification was carried out to the requirements of ISO 9001 (quality standard), ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety standard) and ISO 14001 (environmental standard) in a combined audit. With COVID-19 precautions for visitors still in force at the time, the decision was made to make use of information technology to enable the entire audit to be conducted remotely.

“We were able to use web conferencing and the coverage of our CCTV system so that the auditor could fully engage and assess everything required,” says Hydram’s Safety Health and Environment Manager, Lewis Dartnall. “The feedback was very positive and there were no areas that were difficult to access so that all the objectives were met.”

The SGS auditor commented, “Hydram operates a well-established Integrated Management System that has been in place for many years – the IMS is well presented, implemented and managed. The audit covered all production processes (laser cutting, punching, inserting, painting, machining and welding), support activities, interviews with personnel, and checking of related management system documented information.”

After careful review of process records, testimonials and video evidence, re-certification to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 was recommended. There were no non-conformances and four opportunities for improvement identified.

Hydram’s Quality Manager, Barry Edgar said, “Obviously I’m very pleased with the outcome of the audit and positive feedback from the auditor regarding the way in which we control our systems and processes. For me though, the professionalism of those who contributed during the audit really stood out, and the management team thanks everyone who was involved.”

About Hydram Engineering

Established in 1977 and employing over 250 people in its 115,000 square foot facility, Hydram Engineering is one of the largest sheet metal fabrication companies in Europe. It offers the full range of subcontract engineering services including laser cutting, CNC punching, panel bending and folding, tube laser cutting and tube bending, fabrication, powder coating, wet painting and assembly from its site in Chilton, County Durham, UK.

Hydram has put quality central to all its business activities since its inception, and has held internationally recognised standards since 1996 and has been certified to the ISO 9001 Quality Standard since 2002. Hydram also emphasises the importance of occupational health and safety (achieving ISO 45001 in 2018), and the environment (holding ISO 14001 since 2010). The three ISO standards have been brought into alignment so that they can be assessed in a combined audit, saving time and expense.

Hydram supplies metal products, components and precision sheet metal fabrications to market leading OEM companies in industries such as rail, bus, lighting, furniture, earth-moving machinery and white goods. The company is committed to providing outstanding manufacturing services and working closely with customers to establish long-term partnerships.

Find out more about Hydram’s accreditations here

Engineering Apprenticeships at Hydram

Hydram Engineering welcomed the newest group of engineering technician apprentices to the business in September 2021. Six young people from across the region began their apprenticeships, bringing the number of current apprentices studying towards the nationally recognised Engineering Technician level 3 qualification to nine. Hydram has always had a strong ethos in workforce development and apprenticeships in particular, offering apprenticeships to the workforce at qualification levels ranging from level 2 up to master’s degree level 7.

Hydram Apprenticeship Centre

Hydram began delivering its own engineering apprenticeship programme in 2011 having previously worked closely with local colleges which supplied candidates and delivered training. Since bringing the whole process in house Hydram is now able to deliver full Apprenticeship Standards at Level 3, along with a range of other qualifications at various levels as an EAL recognised centre; EAL being one of the leading awarding bodies for manufacturing and technical qualifications.
In recent years the programme has expanded, with applications increasing rapidly along with the quality of the candidates, strengthening the Hydram team and securing a sustainable workforce for the future. It has also gained accreditation from the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) allowing apprentices direct entry to EngTech status upon completion, and even gaining access the National Union of Students NUS Extra program. Hydram has a dedicated training centre equipped with all of the required technology apprentices need to achieve their individual learning goals.

“This is a great opportunity for young people with an interest in engineering. They are gaining knowledge and experience from an established team of engineers within Hydram, and from a company perspective they are learning exactly what this business needs to continue its expansion within the sheet metal sector,” said Neil Mawson, Hydram’s Training Manager.

About Hydram’s Apprenticeship Programme

A formalised training programme exists which has fixed training plans and progression routes for all apprentices. Apprentices develop practical skills in line with the core business of Hydram whilst completing their technical studies. Apprentices gain not only the technical knowledge which is delivered onsite by members of Hydram’s training team, but also the necessary practical skills on the latest production machinery: CNC laser cutting machines, punching machines, press brakes, milling machines and the paint and assembly facilities to name a few.

Hydram Engineering has obtained certification to Cyber Essentials demonstrating its commitment to protecting both its business and customers’ data against cyberattack. 

The government backed Cyber Essentials scheme provides independent verification that cyber threats to the business have been understood and appropriate cyber security measures are in place.  To achieve certification an assessment is made against five areas of IT security implementation and the information provided verified by an external auditor.

UK Group Director, David Greatorex says: “We are delighted to have been certified as meeting the standards of Cyber Essentials.  It’s long been expected that we have the appropriate standards in place for quality, health and safety and environment, and we have maintained corresponding ISO compliance for many years.  Increasingly new customers are enquiring about our IT resilience and policies, and the benchmark in the UK is Cyber Essentials.  We are happy to say that we are now certified to Cyber Essentials which, along with our ISO standards, gives assurance to our customers.”

Cyber Essentials Logo

Hydram obtained certification at the end of August covering its complete IT environment including its workstations, servers, mobile devices, firewalls, anti-virus, software and network.

Find out about our accreditations HERE

Since 2013, Hitachi Rail has spent over £1.8bn with UK suppliers, including with local company Hydram Engineering.

Hitachi Rail’s success with the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) has helped to create a supply chain of over 1,400 individual suppliers. This includes over 130 suppliers directly in the North East – close to the manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

Hydram Engineering has worked successfully with Hitachi Rail to enter the rail market in 2016, winning a contract to supply over 1,500 components and assemblies.

Hydram’s employees are proud to experience the trains during both the production process and then again as passengers – seeing how the parts they are responsible for make a real difference to millions of people each year travelling on Hitachi rolling stock.

Find out more about Hydram and how collaborating with Hitachi Rail as a partner has supported business growth, whilst developing new talent through a successful apprentice scheme.

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Click here to watch the video to hear more from engineering Apprentice Holly and Managing Director, David Greatorex.

Hydram Chooses the Latest FaroArm Inspection Arm

Quality is central to Hydram’s business philosophy. In addition to holding an impressive list of customer specific approvals, the business is certified to the ISO 9001 Quality Standard, the ISO 3834-2 and EN 15085-2 Welding Standards and the DIN 6701 standard for adhesive bonding related to the rail industry. 

The mainstay of Hydram’s inspection function is the company’s collection of FaroArm, portable measuring arms. Having acquired its first measuring arm 13 years ago, the transition to FARO was made in 2015.  The outstanding performance of Hydram’s first FaroArm meant that, as the company grew further FARO models were purchased.

Prompted by an ever increasing volume of QC work and the further inspection activities that will be needed following the securing of a large contract, Hydram recently obtained the latest generation of FaroArm – the advanced QuantumM model. The company now boasts an impressive FARO collection that reflects the continuous evolution and technical development of the FaroArm range.

Hydram Quality Manager, Barry Edgar explained. “Since we bought our fist model, we have regarded our FaroArms as the ‘workhorses’ of our inspection department. Although, to ensure that we achieve best value and always obtain technically superior inspection equipment, before we made any of our FARO purchase, we carefully considered the alternatives.

“As with our previous FaroArm purchases, when judged against other makes and models of measuring arms, we considered our most recently installed FaroArm, a 2.5 meter capacity QuantumM with tactile probing, to be the superior option. In addition to its impressive accuracy specification, speed and ease of use, the QuantumM is extremely robust.

“When compared to previous generation FaroArms, we have been impressed by the range of enhancements made to the new QuantumM, that make it simpler to use and more productive.  For instance, the QuantumM is easy to manoeuvre as it is 20% lighter in the hand than previous FARO models, also, unlike our earlier FaroArms, it is always immediately ready to use as it requires no warm up time. On completion of a FARO measuring routine it helps that we can instantly archive the achieved results or print detailed customer reports.

“Although our new QuantumM FaroArm is now mainly used in our dedicated Inspection Department, its ability to perform full digital analysis and review the data in less than perfect conditions, enables it to be used across our entire shop-floor. Also, as we ordered a 2.5 meter capacity model, our new FaroArm is capable of inspecting the vast majority of even the largest of our fabrications.

“As we anticipated, our recently installed FaroArm has already made a significant contribution to the efficiency of our Inspection Department. Given the ease and speed of use of our new QuantumM, not only is it able to handle our current throughput of inspection work, it will also be able to handle the anticipated increases in production related to our large new contract.”

Find out more about quality at Hydram here >

Hydram raises its game with 16-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego from Bell Truck and Van

Metal fabrications specialist Hydram Engineering has responded to increased demand from customers by commissioning its biggest truck yet, a 16-tonner from the Mercedes-Benz Atego range which has been providing reliable service for upwards of 20 years.

Based in Chilton, County Durham, the company is a leading provider of subcontract services covering all aspects of precision sheet metal profiling, forming and fabrication, as well as powder coating and assembly.

The new rigid arrived, like the six other vehicles on the Hydram fleet, via North-East Dealer Bell Truck and Van. At 16 tonnes, its gross weight is the highest in the Atego portfolio.

The truck is smartly finished in the operator’s distinctive silver livery, with the ‘personalised’ registration plate P222 HYD. It has a ClassicSpace S-cab and, as a 1521 model, is powered by a 5.1-litre four-cylinder engine which produces 155 kW (211 hp) and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Its 26 ft curtainside body, meanwhile, is by Robinsons Truck Bodyworks, of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Acquired in 2018 by the US-owned Dynamic Aerospace and Defense Group, Hydram is committed to implementing world class standards across all of business functions, including its transport operation.

The company has previously relied on 13.5-tonne trucks. Underlining the Atego’s unrivalled reliability and durability, Hydram is still running a 14-year-old example which has clocked-up 970,000 km, as well as others from 2010, 2013 and 2015. Completing the fleet are a pair of Mercedes-Benz Sprinters, a 4.6-tonne curtainsider and a 3.5-tonne panel van.

Purchasing Manager David Lowes explained: “We’re very busy and some of our products are heavy, so we felt a vehicle which offered a higher payload would beneficial in helping us to meet the rise in customer demand.

“The new truck’s footprint is no bigger than previous versions, but it has enabled us to increase efficiency and improve cost and other controls by reducing the extent to which we rely on third-party transport providers to support our in-house operation.”

He continued: “We like to run vehicles which stand out from the crowd, and feel the Mercedes-Benz brand complements our own company’s image and reputation for quality.

“We pride ourselves in going ‘above and beyond’ in terms of the service we provide to our customers. This means the avoidance of unplanned vehicle downtime is crucial. The Atego has proved over the years to be exceptionally reliable, and has given us the flexibility we need to respond quickly to changing requirements.”

Hydram’s trucks undertake nationwide deliveries so the round-the-clock support provided by members of Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ Dealer network is also key to the Atego’s appeal. “There have been very few occasions when we’ve needed to call on the manufacturer’s Service24h back-up, but when we’ve done so it’s performed well,” confirmed Mr Lowes.

Purpose-designed for light- and medium-duty distribution work, the Mercedes-Benz Atego range offers advanced truck technology for the 7.5 to 16 tonnes segment, with outstanding dynamics, comfort, safety and manoeuvrability.

On June 10th 2019, The Dynamic Group confirmed its acquisition of the aerospace division of Paul Fabrications.  The new company will begin trading as Dynamic Aerospace Fabrications Ltd (DAFL).

The Dynamic Group (www.dynamicindustrial.com) is a privately-owned business with its main headquarters in Michigan, USA.  The new acquisition will join its existing portfolio of companies: Hydram Engineering in the UK; Dynamic Industries (SG) in Singapore; and Gem City Metal Technologies, Dynamic Metals and Dexter Stamping, based in the American mid-west.  All these companies have an established reputation, specialising in the supply of precision metal components for the aerospace, defence, automotive and rail sectors.

Don Nystrom, the President of The Dynamic Group said: “We are delighted that the aero division of Paul Fabrications has joined The Dynamic Group.  Aerospace engineering goes right back to Dynamic’s origins in the US and there is a great synergy between the two businesses in respect of skill sets and customer portfolio.  It is natural that the new company inherits the Dynamic brand as it moves forward.”

David Greatorex, Managing Director of sister company Hydram Engineering, said: “It is great to see the expansion of Dynamic’s ambition in the UK.  Hydram has been part of The Dynamic Group for 12 months and we have seen strong commitment to continued improvement and investment that has underpinned our success.  The opportunities for Dynamic Aerospace Fabrications are considerable.”

Alistair Bools, Senior Supplier Management Executive Installations for Rolls Royce said:  “The Dynamic Group is an important part of our supply chain, and following its acquisition of Paul Fabrications, we look forward to working with them even more closely in the future.”

About Dynamic Aerospace Fabrications

Dynamic Aerospace Fabrications, a former division of Paul Fabrications, has a long history supplying precision sheet metal and machined metal products and assemblies for the aerospace and power generation industries.  Using advanced manufacturing and engineering expertise, Dynamic Aerospace Fabrications produces components for demanding applications such as aero gas turbines, aircraft structures and land-based turbines, and supplies to market-leading companies in these sectors.

www.dynamicaerofabs.com

About The Dynamic Group

The Dynamic Group has its main headquarters in Michigan, USA.  It consists of a group of tightly coordinated companies particularly renowned for excellence in metal forming and fabrication, including roll forming, hydroforming, metal spinning and stamping.  Its customers include aerospace, defence, automotive, rail and earthmoving equipment manufacturers.  This is Dynamic’s second acquisition in the UK and is positioned to be the group’s platform for further growth in the aerospace sector in the UK and Europe.

Hydram Engineering is pleased to announce that it has attained certification to Bonding Standard DIN 6701-2, the accreditation for the use of adhesive bonding in the manufacture of rail vehicles and parts of rail vehicles.

DIN 6701 is a series of standards comprising a comprehensive set of rules for quality assurance in the field of bonding and adhesives use in the rail vehicle industry.  Companies who achieve the certification can demonstrate that they can safely use the full potential of adhesive bonding technology.

“This rail bonding standard is a must-have accreditation for winning new work in the rail sector and Hydram is only the third business in the UK to have gained it,” says Managing Director David Greatorex.  “Earlier this year we sent two employees to the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany for their training to become European Adhesive Specialists, and a dedicated project team was established to enable us to qualify for the standard.”

Requirements to comply with this DIN standard include demonstrating proof of offcially recognised qualifcations in adhesive bonding, a suitable quality management system, documentation for key bonded joints, suitable workplaces and many others.

Hydram was assessed by TBBCert during a full day audit in early December and qualified for the standard on its first attempt.

DIN 6701

Bonding in Rail Vehicle Manufacture

Over the past 20 years there has been rapid growth in the use of adhesive bonding technology.  The transport vehicle manufacturing sector is one of the key areas where adhesives have been used to bring about enormous technological advancement.  Rail vehicles, like planes, cars and ships, have become ever lighter due to the use of adhesives.  The advantages of adhesive bonding for transport vehicles are higher speeds, lower fuel consumption, greater comfort and more efficient manufacturing.

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The use of adhesives in the rail vehicle manufacturing sector has become a genuine alternative to traditional joining techniques such as rivetting and welding.  The reduction in vehicle weight, improved space usage, new design opportunities, less corrosion and easier repairs and disassembly have made adhesive bonding attractive in this sector.  Lighter weight rail vehicles which can withstand higher loads – this is an objective which many manufacturers achieve using adhesive bonding technology.

DIN 6701-2 Standard

Adhesive bonds on rail vehicles have differing safety requirements. For this reason, the DIN 6701-2 standard, which was published in May 2006 by the German Eisenbahn-Bundesamt (Federal Railway Authority), was declared to represent the current state of the art in February 26, 2008.  Companies that want to offer bonded products or related services in accordance with the standard must have the relevant production facilities audited and certified.

Hydram Serving the Rail Sector

Hydram is a leading supplier of sheet metal components, assemblies and light fabrications to customers throughout the UK.  The company provides the full range of subcontract engineering services, including laser cutting, metal bending, sheet metal fabrication, powder coating and assembly.

 

Hydram is also certified to the following standards:

Growing Reputation

Hydram Engineering Ltd. has been trading for over 40 years and during that time it has built an enviable reputation in the subcontract engineering sector.  This is reflected in its strong customer portfolio, which includes Caterpillar, Hitachi Rail Europe, Mitsubishi Electric, and Ideal Boilers.  In June 2018 Hydram became part of the Dynamic Aerospace and Defense group.

Following an external audit by NDC Training & Consultancy Hydram has been successful in obtaining the ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety standard.

Sheet metal fabrication supplier

Hydram obtained the previous OHSAS 18001 health and safety standard in 2012 and made the commitment to transition to the new standard, which was published in March 2018, as soon as possible, demonstrating Hydram’s recognition of the importance of occupational health and safety.

Andrew Robertson, Hydram’s SHE Manager said, “It was the ideal opportunity since Hydram holds both current ISO quality & ISO environmental standards, and fitting the new safety standard into our procedures was relatively straight forward.”

ISO 45001:2018

Strict legislation demands that organisations show a clear, pro-active commitment towards the health and safety of their employees.  The ISO 45001 certification enables Hydram to demonstrate its commitment to occupational health and safety, as well as continuously improving the related management systems.

The company’s full Occupational Health and Safety Policy Statement of Intent is available HERE.

Industry leading fabrication company

NDC Auditor Dawn Cairns wrote of Hydram, “As well as continued investment in equipment and infrastructure, a number of continual improvement examples were witnessed during the audit including in internal communication and workforce participation, pedestrian safety, housekeeping and ergonomics and reduction of manual handling, which is once again a testament to the commitment to the OHSMS by top management and workforce acceptance of change and buy-in.”

ISO 45001

What is ISO 45001:2018?

Published in March 2018, ISO 45001 is the world’s first international occupational health and safety management system.  This benchmark standard is suitable for organisations in any sector and simplifies operations for organisations that trade internationally.  The new standard replaces OHSAS 18001 and other country-specific standards, and organisations already certified to OHSAS 18001 have three years to transition across.

A business that began originally as a retirement project now occupies a site of over 115,000 sq. ft., has over 250 employees and is one of the largest single source sheet metal fabrication suppliers in the UK. 

Hydram Engineering was founded in 1977 by the late Harry Young, with his children John Young, Judith Porter and Gillian Young as the original partners.  The name HYDRAM is made up of the initials of the family names – Harry Young (HY), his wife Dorothy (D) and the middle names of the three children (Robert, Anne and Margaret).  The company continues in private ownership.

Keeping Busy During Retirement?

Harry was in his sixties when he started the business and, unlike many people who would have been thinking of spending more time in the garden, Harry had other ideas.   Company Chairman John Young says, “My father’s original intention was to have just a small business to keep him and a few family members busy during his retirement.”  The company started production in a small rented nursery unit with two pillar drills, a manual lathe and a band saw.

Putting the Customer First

With contacts in local engineering businesses Harry found his first customers easily and the family worked tirelessly to ensure that customers were not let down.  Success came as a result and the business was able to expand, with power presses, a guillotine, pressbrake and manual punching machine being acquired, beginning the focus on sheet metalwork.  By 1985 Hydram had outgrown the nursery unit and moved onto the current site in a purpose-built factory.

Harry and John Young 1997

Focus on Sheet Metalwork

The company purchased its first turret punching machine in 1986, its first flatbed laser in 1997 and consolidated its position as a large subcontract sheet metalwork supplier.  Hydram then expanded its general metal fabrication facilities, adding powder coating in 2001, robot welding in 2004 and tube laser cutting in 2006.  Today Hydram occupies a site of over 115,000 sq. ft., has over 250 employees and is positioned as one of the largest single source sheet metal fabrication suppliers in the UK.

“When we started the business, we could never have envisaged being the size we are now,” says John.  “We are all very proud of what we have achieved in the last 40 years.  I am now the same age my father was when he started the business – we are still growing, and I’m excited about what the next 40 years will bring.”

Dynamic Aerospace and Defence Ltd. confirmed their acquisition of Hydram Engineering Ltd. on June 7th 2018, acquiring the total shareholding in the business.

Dynamic (www.dynamicindustrial.com) is a privately-owned business with its main headquarters in Michigan, USA. Hydram is Dynamic’s first acquisition outside the US, joining Dynamic’s existing portfolio of companies – Gem City, Dynamic Metals and Dexter Stamping – all based in the mid-west and having an established reputation, specialising in supplying precision metal components for the aerospace, defence, automotive and rail sectors.

Don Nystrom, the President of the Dynamic Group said, “We are delighted that Hydram has joined the Dynamic team. We see great synergy between the two businesses, in respect of skill sets and customer portfolio. Because of their focus on quality and customer service, Hydram will become our platform for expanding into the UK and wider European market.”

Hydram, one of the largest sheet metalwork fabrication companies in Europe, has established an enviable reputation in the marketplace over the last 40 years for quality and high service levels. Customers include Alexander Dennis, Hitachi Rail, Komatsu, Mitsubishi and Herman Miller.

John Young, Hydram’s outgoing Chairman, said, “This opportunity arrived at an important time in the company’s growth strategy. With plans already being considered for Hydram’s expansion, this new partnership will enable the business to accelerate its growth plans and maximise opportunities from existing customers and new business.”

David Greatorex is remaining as Hydram’s Managing Director and is excited about working with Dynamic. “The similarities between Dynamic and Hydram are striking, from their family-based foundations, to their shared culture centred on quality, customer service and investment in the latest technology. The Hydram management team is very excited about the new opportunities this partnership will bring to the business,” said David.


About Hydram Engineering Ltd.

Hydram is a leading supplier of sheet metal components, assemblies and light fabrications to customers throughout the UK.  The company provides the full range of subcontract engineering services, including laser cutting, metal bending, sheet metal fabrication, powder coating and assembly.  Hydram supplies components and sheet metal fabrications to market-leading companies in sectors such as rail rolling stock, bus manufacture, electrical & electronic products, lighting, defence and earthmoving machinery.

About Dynamic Aerospace and Defence Ltd.

Dynamic Aerospace and Defence Ltd. is a subsidiary of Dynamic Aerospace and Defense Inc, a privately-owned business with its main headquarters in Michigan, USA.  It consists of a group of tightly coordinated companies particularly renowned for excellence in metal forming and fabrication, including roll forming, hydroforming, metal spinning and stamping.  Its customers include aerospace, defence, automotive, rail and earthmoving equipment manufacturers.  Hydram is Dynamic’s first acquisition outside the US and is positioned to be the group’s platform for further growth in the UK and Europe.

In October 2017 subcontract sheet metalwork supplier Hydram Engineering Ltd. announced that it has achieved certification under the latest revision of ISO 9001:2015 after undergoing a two-day independent audit of its Quality Management System.

Hydram had attained the previous revision of the standard, ISO 9001:2008, in 2009 and has been successful in updating its system to the latest 2015 version.  The audit was completed by leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS who are recognized as a global benchmark for quality and integrity.

Hydram’s Quality Manager Barry Edgar said, “Our quality management system has been in existence for over 20 years and this latest audit is proof of our commitment to continuous improvement.  Of course, this is just one aspect that customers look for in a supplier, and we work extremely hard to improve in all we do.  Above all, we are committed to our customers, and I am proud that we have attained the standard set by the latest revision of ISO 9001.”

Over 20 years of Quality Accreditation

Hydram first achieved formal quality system accreditation when it attained the (now obsolete) ISO 9002 standard in 1996.  This was superseded by the ISO 9001 quality standard, which Hydram attained in 2002 and has maintained since then through two revisions.

The ISO 9001 standard was introduced in 2000 and underwent revisions both in 2008 and 2015 to ensure its relevance for the marketplace.  The current revision, known as ISO 9001:2015, is designed to respond to the latest trends and be compatible with other management systems such as ISO 14001 by using a common framework.

Long term goals

It is Hydram’s long term intention to integrate its Quality, Environment, and Health and Safety systems under a single integrated management system.  This holistic approach would combine all related components of the business (resources and processes) into one system for easier management and operation.  The aim is to harmonise document management, planning and objectives to reduce duplication and enable a streamlined audit process.


Leading subcontract sheet metalwork supplier

Hydram is a leading supplier of sheet metal components, assemblies and light fabrications to customers throughout the UK.  The leading fabrication company provides the full range of subcontract engineering services, including laser cutting, metal bending, sheet metal fabrication, powder coating and assembly.  Hydram supplies components and sheet metal fabrications to market leading companies in industries such as transportation, shop-fitting and point of display, lighting and earth-moving machinery.

Hydram Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has attained certification to BS EN 15085 Class 2, the accreditation for Welding of Railway Vehicles and Components (CWRVC).

Certification for Welding of Railway Vehicles and Components (CWRVC) is commonly specified by rail industry customers sourcing components and sub-assemblies, as well as complete vehicles, as it demonstrates a manufacturer’s competence for control of welding quality.  Hydram is now one of the few subcontract sheet metalwork companies in the UK with this standard, underlining its continued commitment to the rail sector.

Hydram is a leading supplier of sheet metal components, assemblies and light fabrications to customers throughout the UK.  The company provides the full range of subcontract engineering services, including laser cutting, metal bending, sheet metal fabrication, powder coating and assembly.

Hydram is also certified to the following standards:

Growing Reputation

Hydram Engineering Ltd. has been trading for 40 years and during that time it has built an enviable reputation in the subcontract engineering sector.  This is reflected in its strong customer portfolio, which includes Caterpillar, Herman Miller, Mitsubishi Electric, and Ideal Boilers.  In 2016 Hydram completed a £4mn investment project which included new fiber lasers and punching machines with material storage and automated loading and unloading systems.

Following a 2-day audit leading North East precision metal fabrication company Hydram Sheet Metalwork has retained the ISO:14001 Environmental Standard which it has held since 2010.

World class metal fabrication company

Conforming to the standard can lead to benefits such as reduced cost of waste management, savings in consumption of energy and materials and lower distributiuon costs.  The standard is an integral part of Hydram’s business plan and works around four main objectives: to prevent pollution to water, land and air from the site; to monitor and reduce carbon footprint; to reduce the amount of packaging used and to reduce the amount of waste produced, diverting as much as possible away from landfill for reuse and recycling.

Energy efficient manufacturing company

SHE Manager Andrew Robertson highlighted several major projects that proved Hydram’s commitment to continuous improvement.  “Over the last year we have replaced two CO2 laser systems with solid-state fiber technology.  The new machines are more energy efficient and use less fluorinated greenhouse gases in their cooling systems,” he said.

The company has recently completed a project to replace all its low frequency flourescent lighting tubes, most recently making use of LED fittings.  All areas of the factory are now fitted with occupancy sensors, so that lights are only switched on when required.  “We have recently introduced a new managment program to monitor and maintain our compressed air system for leaks,” Andrew said.  “We are always on the lookout for ways to save energy and in doing so we can reduce our carbon footprint and save money.”

Auditor James Winter commented, “Hydram continues to fulfil the requirements of the standard and audit criteria identified within the audit report and it is deemed that the management system continues to achieve its intended outcomes.”

Leading sheet metal fabrication supplier

Hydram Sheet Metalwork is a leading supplier of sheet metal components, assemblies and light fabrications to customers throughout the UK.  The leading fabrication company provides the full range of subcontract engineering services, including laser cutting, metal bending, sheet metal fabrication, powder coating and assembly.  Hydram supplies components and sheet metal fabrications to market leading companies in industries such as transportation, shop-fitting and point of display, lighting and earth-moving machinery.

Hydram – the precision sheet metal fabrication company.