Harsco Infrastructure, which is part of the worldwide industrial services and engineered products provider Harsco Corporation, has announced a new contract which adds significantly to its industrial maintenance sector order book. The contract provides scaffolding support to the 2,000 acre Tata Steel plant in Scunthorpe, a major location where Harsco Metals also provides onsite metal recovery and material handling services to Tata’s steelmaking operations.
The contract reinforces Harsco Infrastructure’s increasing global focus on the industrial maintenance and infrastructure sectors. It also demonstrates the company’s growing multi-discipline relationship with the Tata Group, following the announcement of other recent new orders in India.
Harsco’s industrial maintenance expertise was seen as a principal factor in winning the award, as the Company identified key areas in which savings could be made through increased efficiencies and reduced waste. “Our decision to move to a new work-at-height contract provider was not one that was taken lightly,” said Dave Jones, Contracts Manager at Tata Steel in Scunthorpe.
Unlike traditional scaffolding arrangements (in which scaffolding providers normally charge by the hour based on how many scaffolders were provided and over what period) Harsco Infrastructure proposed a solutions-focused approach built around the project requirements. “The development of this solutions-focused approach will be a radical change but one that will save us a lot of money,” adds Dave Jones. “These savings, along with Harsco’s best-in-industry operations standards, give me confidence that benefits across the whole site will be felt quickly.“
Harsco Infrastructure is one of the world’s largest and most complete providers of engineered scaffolding, shoring and forming systems as well as painting and insulating services, for major construction and industrial maintenance projects.
Ivor Harrington, Harsco Executive Vice President and Harsco Infrastructure Group CEO commented, “This order from one of the world’s largest blue chip organisations highlights the progress that we have made in increasing our presence in the industrial and key infrastructure sectors. Our combination of experience and expertise makes us ideally placed to continue this growth and help deliver improved performance for some of the biggest players in this important market.”