A&P Falmouth has been granted Fit For Nuclear (F4N) status by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), as part of its diversification into the civil new build nuclear market.
The Fit For Nuclear (F4N) award is granted to companies which have benchmarked their performance against the standards demanded by the nuclear industry’s top tiers and driven business improvements through a tailored action plan.
Steve Jones, Managing Director of Operations and Site Director at A&P Falmouth, said: “The F4N process has allowed us to measure A&P Falmouth against the standards required to supply the nuclear industry in new build, operations and decommissioning.
“Over the last two years A&P Falmouth has undergone a series of rigorous and challenging quality and cultural assessments, invested heavily in staff training and infrastructure and embedded Nuclear safety culture into every aspect of our ethos and operations.
“As one of only a few companies in Cornwall to receive F4N recognition, we are immensely proud of our achievement and it is testament to our team’s hard work, commitment and belief, that we have achieved this goal. Now we have the award the message is clear; A&P Falmouth is ready to work in the nuclear sector.”
As part of the F4N process, A&P Falmouth worked with the Supply Chain team at Hinkley Point C, the country’s first new build nuclear project in 20 years, to understand how the business can best add value to tier one contractors working on the project.
Dave Cook, Sector Lead for Nuclear at A&P Falmouth, said: “Hinkley Point C will require large volumes of carbon steel fabrication for secondary steel support structures, walkways, gantries, pipe and electrical support systems – the same sort of structures we have been fabricating with traceable quality for clients in the renewable and defence industries for decades.
“At A&P Falmouth we have the skills, flexible workforce and experience to pursue these specialist fabrication projects, as well as the capacity and space required for projects of this scale. Plus, our large on-site machine shop also brings some new and unique skills to the table which can be used to produce large turbine shafts, bearing shafts and turn-buckles to Quality Grade 1 specifications. There are few businesses as well placed as ours to pursue this market.”
F4N has been developed by the Nuclear AMRC with the support of its top tier partners, including nuclear new build developers and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. These industry leaders are using F4N to identify potential companies for their own supply chains.