Who would have thought that the groundbreaking design and manufacture of expansion and movement control joints, enabling the world’s buildings to stand the force of earthquakes, all begins in Cornwall and Devon?
European Springs & Pressings in Penryn manufactures springs for South Brent-based Vexcolt, one of the world’s leading producers of expansion joints and movement control joints.
Covering every continent across the globe, including buildings as iconic as Jeddah airport in Saudi Arabia to The Shard, to Jewel Changi airport in Singapore to the O2 arena, Vexcolt designs and manufactures joint systems that enable buildings to absorb up to one metre of movement, when an earthquake strikes.
Arun Kingwell, technical specialist at Vexcolt, said: “The UK is often misrepresented for its manufacturing capabilities, let alone Devon and Cornwall. However, here we are with two SME’s, working together, making a product that significantly contributes to the safety of infrastructures around the world.
“We have technical sales offices in the UK, Europe, India, China and South-East Asia but we manufacture in the south west. It’s great to work with European Springs & Pressings as it enables us to not only deliver a high-end quality manufacture message but also a Made in Britain status that we’re very proud of.”
Michael Gibbs, MD of European Springs & Pressings, added: “It always surprises people how much a spring is depended on for multiple functionalities across so many diverse industries.
“Vexcolt’s global influence in construction management, delivering solutions to complex building movement problems across all building types, is an engineering feat to behold. It’s an honour working with them and it puts a huge smile on the team’s faces, knowing their spring production is at the centre of safety for so many buildings across the world.”