Silchrome shines with oil and gas listing

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Metal finishing company Silchrome Plating has secured itself a place on the approved vendor list for oil and gas provider Schlumberger.

Leeds-based Silchrome will provide a protective layer of coating to vital components used by Schlumberger and its associated companies Cameron and OneSubsea.

Wayne Oddy production manager at Silchrome, said: “The oil and gas sector is a showcase of the high levels of quality Silchrome has throughout our production cycle.”

He added that the business has “stringent controls” in place over every aspect of its production process.

The firm has two full time chemists who each day test and evaluate the chemical makeup of the solutions in its tanks.

“Our in house X-Ray inspection unit allows us to test and verify the coating makeup and coating thickness of every job,” Mr Oddy said.

Silchrome has around 20 staff and was established in 1948. The business says that the downturn in recent years in the oil and gas industry has led to a shake up of supply chains.

Oil and gas companies are now putting a greater emphasis on quality and value for money.

The approval process, which progressed over a six month period, included extended on site audits. This will allow Silchrome to carry out a wide range of metal finishing process for Schlumberger and its clients.

The business has been approved to carry out silver plating, copper plating, nickel plating as well as phosphating, xylan coating and molybdenum based coatings.

Silchrome says it has invested heavily in the last four years. This firm has overhauled its production facilities including the installation of a new large gasket line, new IT systems and continuous improvement training for all staff members.

Austen Thwaite, managing director of Silchrome, said: “We already have many customers in the oil and gas industry, but this new approval is a fantastic reward for all the hard work and heavy investment we have undertaken in the last four years.

“Approvals of this type will give confidence to other companies to use our services and demonstrate our commitment to the highest quality processing together with competitive pricing.”