F P Engineering gets International Stamp of Approval
Having taking 7 months to achieve, F P Engineering joins only a handful of other companies in South Africa that have certification from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This gives FP Engineering the opportunity to manufacture pressure vessels locally to an international standard that could be used anywhere in the world.
“This puts us on the world map, which is fantastic, not only for us, but for Durban and South Africa,” says FP Engineering Director, Mark Potter.
This sought after certification for the 35 year old family business was a huge advantage for their plans to grow and expand. This certification now opens the way for future plans, which includes buying new machinery and training personal. The biggest challenge remains to convince the world market and the South African government to buy local,” says Potter.
Assisting F B Engineering with their first job with the new “U” stamp certification, the Durban based engineering company was assigned the construction of 4 steel tanks for the oil works at Port Gentil, Gabon. These 9 m long and 3.2 m in diameter, 10-ton pressure vessels were made from carbon steel and moved by the Lovemore Bros Lowbed Division from the FP Engineering factory in Glen Anil to a storage facility in the Maydon Wharf area, where they were then shipped to Gabon.
“This is a great boost for us. It gives us a pronounced marketing edge in the manufacturing industry in South Africa,” says Potter.