ECITB Apprentice of the year

Wright Engineering is delighted to announce that Michael Hutchinson has been awarded the ECITB’s Apprentice of the Year accolade.

Michael is currently working in the fabrication department and training to become a Plater. In view of his outstanding work performance and determination to succeed in his role, the company decided to nominate him as part of the ECI Training and Development Awards 2021.

In deciding the winner, the ECI judges were looking for a candidate that had made a significant contribution to the business, demonstrated a clear commitment to their own personal development and displayed inspirational qualities.

Michael certainly met all of the above criteria. Indeed, he has been heavily involved with two complex fabrication projects, specifically the manufacture of a frame for a nuclear operator in France and a silo for a gypsum processing plant in the UK. Further, he continues to develop his skillset having completed the Abrasive Wheels, Manual Handling and Safe Slinging and Moving Loads qualifications. Finally, he has managed to continue with his apprenticeship despite the significant challenges that he has faced due to having a young family.

Paul Gibson (Managing Director – Fabrication) stated within the ECI application that ‘Michael’s work is always to an extremely high standard’ and ‘Michael is one of the best Apprentices I have ever had the pleasure of employing. He is hardworking . . . with a sheer drive to better himself’.

We want to congratulate Michael on his award which is thoroughly deserved.

Darby Rimmer MND Foundation

Wright Engineering is proud to again sponsor and provide support to the ‘Darby Rimmer MND Foundation’ which promotes awareness and funds research into curing motor neurone disease.

The foundation was established by former Liverpool, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers footballer Stephen Darby and his close friend and British Forces Veteran Chris Rimmer, both of which are fighting the disease.

After successfully completing the Coast to Coast bike ride (via the Workington to Newcastle route) two years ago, the team decided to complete the ‘Way of the Roses’ route which is a 170-mile journey from Morecambe to Bridlington and includes a number of grueling hill climbs.

The weather was, at times, treacherous but as the team arrived in Bridlington the sun decided to shine and there was a rousing welcome from friends, family and passers-by.

This year’s bike ride has raised over £14,000 for the foundation and donations are still coming in.

For further details about the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation and how to make a donation, please visit

Wright Engineering partner with Technidrive Ltd

Northern Irish company Technidrive Ltd have appointed Wright Engineering to be the exclusive GB partner for their crusher control systems, including the industry-leading ”Automatic Jaw Crusher Unblocking System”.

As a result of the increasing demand for Technidrive products within the quarry and mining sector, a reputable engineering company was required in GB to provide a local sales and support function. Wright Engineering is known for its engineering excellence, and its client base consists, in part, of leading GB and international businesses operating in the aforementioned sector. Therefore, it was an ideal partnership opportunity for both companies.

The partnership will provide clients with easy access to various crusher control systems, which will be manufactured, installed, and commissioned in accordance with specific client requirements, along with an outstanding aftercare service.

Josh Jepson, Sales Director of Wright Engineering, said, “We are delighted to have partnered with Technidrive. Wright Engineering only distributes best in class products and the industry leading Technidrive Crusher Control Systems are very impressive. These systems are complemented by the exceptional engineering expertise and customer service that our company is synonymous for providing and will deliver significant benefits to our clients. We look forward to working with the Technidrive team going forward.”

Andrew Ritchie, Technical Sales Manager of Technidrive, said, “The partnership with Wright Engineering is an important part of our growth strategy in the quarry and mining sector. We firmly believe that our relationship will prove to be a huge success and sales will increase as companies begin to realise that our crusher control systems are now readily available in GB”.

Wright Engineering partners with Martin Engineering

International bulk materials handling solutions company Martin Engineering has strengthened its coverage across the East Midlands by joining forces with Wright Engineering, one of the country’s leading specialist engineering services firms.

The partnership between the two Nottinghamshire-based businesses means that the region’s quarry operators and materials processing companies have greater access to a variety of world-class products from Martin Engineering. These products are now complemented by the outstanding engineering expertise and customer service that Wright Engineering is renowned for providing to its clients. The agreement will initially cover Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.

Martin Engineering is a US company with its UK headquarters in Mansfield supplying key components such as conveyor belt cleaners, air cannons and dust control products to achieve cleaner, safer, more efficient production. Martin’s products eliminate blockages and build-ups, prevent spillages and reduce dust emissions.

Worksop-based Wright Engineering is at the forefront of cutting-edge design, fabrication and installation of complex engineering solutions along with providing maintenance services and aftermarket spares such as conveyor rollers and power transmissions solutions for essential industries such as quarrying and building materials, but also power, water, recycling, energy-from-waste and rail transport.

Joshua Jepson, Sales Director of Wright Engineering, said: “Our new partnership with Martin Engineering gives us access to a range of market-leading products that will further enhance the industrial processing facilities we design, build and maintain for our clients. We’re looking forward to working together with Martin Engineering to maintain the highest possible standards of efficiency and productivity for materials producers throughout the East Midlands.”

Aaron Bartram, General Manager for Martin Engineering UK, said: “Having recently worked with Wright Engineering on a state-of-the-art recycling plant they designed, manufactured and installed in West Yorkshire, we’re now delighted to formalise our relationship with this new agreement. Wright Engineering are a highly skilled team and exactly the right partner to be installing and maintaining our products. As both companies are based in the heart of a region well-known for quarrying and the production of essential construction materials, we’re confident our partnership will add value to producers in the East Midlands.

Martin Engineering’s product portfolio includes the pioneering CleanScrape® conveyor belt cleaning system – the only product of its kind on the market – as well as next generation Air Cannons and Smart™ Series Nozzles which offer unrivalled ease of maintenance. Martin’s solutions-driven approach has also led to the development of its pioneering N2® remote monitoring system for conveyor belt cleaners which predicts when servicing is required and updates users via an easy-to-use mobile app.

Mountsorrel Major Milestone

The fourth and final “big lift” has now been completed on the Mountsorrel crusher erection and it marks a significant milestone in the the programme.

Weighing in at over 140te the hopper is single heaviest assembly to be lifted on the project and credit to the team, this colossal structure was certainly not delivered in such form. Weeks of assembly and welding precede the final lifting and positioning, and to land this with millimetre precision only emphasises the experience and capability of all involved.

Lifting the hopper from its assembly location into position were 2 no. 1000te cranes supplied by Baldwins Crane Hire, with all lift plans and crane supervision completed in house.

Another Major HS2 Contract Award

Wright Engineering is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a third major contract by Align JV to perform works on the UK Government’s HS2 project.

Align JV is a main works contractor on the project and has been tasked to carry out the C1 package which includes the development of 21.6km of high-speed rail infrastructure.

The scope of work requires the installation of the world’s biggest Slurry Treatment Plant from fee issue materials. Indeed, a slurry tunnel boring machine will be used as part of the construction of the 10-mile Chiltern tunnels. Spoil from the front of the excavation chamber will be removed via a recirculation system and pumped back to the surface where it will be separated from the slurry at the plant.

Josh Jepson (Sales Director) commented ‘We are very pleased that the Company was able to secure this contract following another competitive tender process. The team has worked extremely hard and has done an excellent job of showcasing the experience and expertise possessed by Wright Engineering. We look forward to delivering a first-rate Slurry Treatment Plant for Align JV and being part of this historic development’.

Wright Engineering awarded multiple HS2 contracts

Wright Engineering is pleased to announce that it has been awarded two major contracts by Align JV to undertake works in connection with the UK Government’s widely publicised high-speed rail project, known as HS2.

Align JV is a joint venture between three international and privately owned infrastructure companies, namely Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine and Volkerfitzpatrick. Align JV is a Main Works Civils Contractor on the project having been awarded the contract to deliver the C1 package of HS2 – this consists of the development of 21.6km of high-speed rail infrastructure aimed at boosting connectivity between towns and cities.

The combined scope of works awarded by Align JV to Wright Engineering involves (i) the detailed design, manufacture, and installation of a grout compound, which is preparatory to the construction of the 10-mile-long Chiltern tunnels; and (ii) the installation of a closed loop water treatment plant to treat the excess water created by the tunnelling operations and batching plant along with the surface water from the south portal.

Chris Boden-Hook (Managing Director) commented ‘It has been a difficult period for the entire engineering industry due to the impact of Covid-19. It was essential, therefore, that the company hit the ground running as soon as the lockdown restrictions eased.

The Align JV tender process was meticulous and fiercely competitive, and we (the management) were thrilled that the company was ultimately selected due to its technical expertise, resource capability and overall tender performance.

The company is delighted to be working with Align JV and excited to be part of this monumental infrastructure project’.

Gurtec – Exclusive Distribution Agreement

Wright Engineering is delighted to announce that it has completed a multi-year agreement with German company, Gurtec GmbH, to become the exclusive distributor of its products within the United Kingdom.

Gurtec is historically renowned for the design and manufacture of high quality and reliable conveyor components that meet the performance needs of its clients. Indeed, it produces the best End Cap, Special and Reformed rollers available today and it continues to refine its existing product line whilst maintaining a firm commitment to conveyor component innovation.

Due to rapidly increasing demand for Gurtec products within the UK marketplace, Gurtec made a strategic decision to establish a local sales and technical support function.

Wright Engineering has a proven track record for design and engineering excellence and given that its client base consists of leading UK and international companies from across a number of industries, it presented an ideal opportunity for the companies to enter into a partnership.

Chris Boden-Hook (Managing Director) commented ‘We are really excited about our new relationship with Gurtec and to have the opportunity to stock its products. This agreement will provide its UK clients with a number of additional benefits including faster delivery times, competitive pricing, and a dedicated support function with the capability to attend sites quickly should this be required. We have already made a number of high value sales as companies begin to realise that Gurtec products are now readily available in the UK and we expect sales to increase exponentially in the coming months’.

Peter Abromeit (Sales Manager) commented ‘This agreement with Wright Engineering is important for our UK expansion strategy and we are very pleased that it is now concluded. With a combined 80 years of experience in conveyor component manufacturing and materials handling together with a range of first class ‘Made in Germany’ products, our partnership with Wright Engineering will add real value to our UK customers’.

For further information on Gurtec products or to arrange a site visit, please visit or contact

Wright Engineering supports the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation

Wright Engineering is very proud to sponsor and provide continuing support to the ‘Darby Rimmer MND Foundation’.

This fantastic charity promotes awareness and funds research into curing motor neurone disease (‘MND’) and provides an emotional support network for individuals diagnosed with the illness.

MND is a neurological condition which affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in devastating medical symptoms whilst leaving the mind unaffected. Approximately one third of all people diagnosed with MND will die within 2 years.

The foundation was established by former Liverpool, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers footballer Stephen Darby and his close friend and British Forces Veteran Chris Rimmer, both of which are fighting the disease.

Between 17th and 19th May 2019, a team nicknamed the ‘Sherwood Rangers’ took part in the ‘Coast to Coast’ challenge, cycling over 136 miles from Workington to Tynemouth. Wright Engineering’s Paul Gibson delivered dedicated transport and logistic assistance to the cyclists using company vehicles and equipment. In total, the bike ride raised £25k which is an incredible achievement.

The team will undertake another coast to coast challenge later in the year called the Way of the Roses, which is a 170-mile route beginning in Morecombe and finishing in Bridlington. This fundraiser will again be supported by Wright Engineering and Paul Gibson and we wish all those involved a safe and successful journey.

For further details about the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation and how to make a donation, please visit

Project Completion – Saint Gobain

Wright Engineering has completed an important, high-value contract on behalf of one of its major clients, Saint Gobain.

The scope of works required the replacement of end-of-life discharge ducting which formed part the forming fan, oven and furnace extraction system. This critical plant system is responsible for the removal and dissipation (via the main site stack) of all fumes from the aforementioned areas.

The design of the ducting was completed by Wright Engineering’s experienced in-house design team using the latest design software packages including Tekla 3D modelling. Upon commencement of the project, a 3D laser scan was taken to enable point cloud modelling of the existing ducting, which acted as a key point of reference when plotting and overlaying the new design.

Each section of the ducting was dealt with separately before joining the sections together to finalise the overall design. This process ensured that the design work was of the highest quality and done in accordance with all relevant standards and specifications.

Wright Engineering fabricated 70 tonnes of stainless-steel ducting and galvanised the supporting structural steelwork at its production facility, located in Worksop. The ducting and steelwork were subsequently installed by skilled company operatives during a 9-week shutdown period.

This project was led by Mr Pete Bussey (Senior Project Manager) who commented ‘I am pleased that this challenging, time sensitive project is now complete. Saint Gobain is delighted with the new ducting and how Wright Engineering conducted its operations at each stage of the contract. The team should be very proud of its efforts’.

Wright Engineering now has a number of contracts secured with Saint Gobain throughout 2020 and is looking forward to meeting the same high standards as demonstrated on this project.

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