Engineering firm to expand with wind energy diversification

Grantham-based engineering BGB has opened a new testing facility at its development site on Turnpike Close, following a growing demand for its products designed for the wind energy sector.

The new facility will allow the business to complete the full manufacturing process and testing on-site, ensuring all products meet the required industry gold standards for operation, without the need for additional examination offsite – reducing lead times where possible for customers.

A rise in the use of offshore wind farms for energy generation also means that all parts of a turbine are now being scrutinised closer than ever before, ensuring costly maintenance and downtime is kept to a minimum.

BGB’s range of products, including its power generated systems and pitch control slip rings, will be subjected to the new form of testing, allowing customisable components for clients to be examined closely before being transported off site.

The new facility is able to recreate all types of environmental conditions including high temperatures and humidity control, all while under rotation as with a wind turbine.

Nick Hubbard, managing director at BGB, said: “We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality of products to our partners. Having the means to complete the most sophisticated forms of testing on-site will allow us to manufacture goods that continue to lead on performance, while minimising downtime and maintenance – a major concern for offshore farms.

“For many years, the aerospace industry has taken the lead when it comes to the quality of testing and we’re determined to implement a similar level of quality control for our engineering processes, to ensure we deliver solutions that can perform to their maximum in all conditions.

“Pressure on pricing from the Far East has hit the UK engineering sector hard, so it’s crucial that companies invest in R&D to ensure the service provided continues to attract attention on a global stage.”

BGB has also revealed it plans to continue to diversify its product portfolio in the coming months and is already investigating potential options when it comes to assisting staff with new technologies such as production automation.