Northumberland company beats the cold in the world’s toughest locations

Managing director Tim Burgess with one of the new master links.
Managing director Tim Burgess with one of the new master links.

It might be cold outside but it’s nothing to the temperatures for which a Northumberland company is developing products.

William Hackett Chains, in Alnwick, has helped to produce a range of products capable of withstanding temperatures down to -40°C.

It has teamed up with one of the world’s leading chain component manufacturers, McKinnon Chain, to release a new range of equipment suitable for use in some of the world’s toughest locations.

Managing directior Tim Burgess said: “Material toughness at low temperatures has become recognised as an essential characteristic in lifting equipment used in the energy sector. McKinnon Chain have responded to our market feedback and developed an already proven tough product into an even a better one.”

The need for improved material toughness at sub-zero temperatures has become an increasing requirement in the off-shore oil and gas industries due to the exploration and development into some of the planet’s most remote locations and extreme conditions.

The collaboration is the latest in a series of developments and innovations the company is working on for release in 2015.