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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:18

Local business receives coveted F4N status

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Devoran Metals, located near Truro in Cornwall, has become the first reinforcing steel company in the UK to achieve Fit for Nuclear status after 2 years of hard work and continuous improvement.

Devoran Metals are the county’s leading suppliers of reinforcing steel and concrete reinforcement products. The Fit for Nuclear programme (F4N) is a unique service to help UK manufacturing companies get ready to bid for work in the civil nuclear supply chain – in new build, operations and decommissioning.

(L-R) Georgina Cooper (General Manager), Carina Martin (Sales), Richard Orsman (Managing Director), Sarah Hickling (Sales)(L-R) Georgina Cooper (General Manager), Carina Martin (Sales), Richard Orsman (Managing Director), Sarah Hickling (Sales)

In order to achieve the status, companies must measure their operations against the rigorous standards required within the nuclear industry. Achieving it means not only has Devoran Metals’ hard work and commitment been recognised, but it opens up a range of new opportunities for the company - as industry leaders are using F4N to identify potential companies for their own supply chains.

Richard Orsman, Managing Director of Devoran Metals, is delighted to have achieved the status, saying:
“Having F4N status means we have benchmarked our performance against the standards demanded by the civil nuclear industry’s top tiers. We are one of only two companies in the whole of Cornwall to receive F4N recognition, which is a fantastic achievement for us as we are committed to driving continuous improvement in all areas.”

Mark Knowlton, Fit For Nuclear industrial advisor, commented:
“It was obvious from the start that the Devoran team were fully committed to the Fit For Nuclear program, during each of my visits there was clear evidence of progress as they completed the necessary improvements identified using the F4N Business Excellence tool.”

Alongside the F4N status, Devoran Metals are the only Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels (CARES) certified company in the county, and are dedicated to producing high quality concrete reinforcement products with a focus on safety and reliability.

Richard continued:
“Safety and quality are extremely important to us at Devoran Metals, which is why we are so committed to achieving the highest standards and the latest qualifications and certifications. The team’s hard work has seen vast improvements in areas of quality management, lean manufacturing techniques and health and safety. We have introduced 5S workplace organisation onto the factory floor which is proving very beneficial. We hope to continue these improvements as the company progresses into the nuclear supply chain.”

For more information about Devoran Metals, visit their website

Devoran Metals is the leading specialist supplier of CARES approved cut & bent reinforcing bar or rebar and mesh for concrete reinforcement in Cornwall. 

Holding an extensive range of construction accessories, chemicals and formwork products in stock, Devoran Metals is the one stop shop for concrete reinforcement.
A well-established company with over 50 years’ experience of supplying the construction industry, offering customers fully automated production for the fast and efficient processing of orders from initial enquiry right through to on site delivery.

F4N has been developed by the Nuclear AMRC with the support of its top tier partners, including nuclear new build developers and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. These industry leaders are using F4N to identify potential companies for their own supply chains.

Devoran Metals are one of the South West’s leading specialist suppliers of steel reinforcement and associated products for concrete reinforcement. The company provide a complete package of products for reinforced concrete. Devoran Metals have comprehensive stocks of all reinforcement steel rebar and steel mesh fabrics and associated products and are able to respond quickly to the needs of customers not just in the South West but across the UK.
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