Sarclad was originally formed as an offshoot to British Steel’s technology development division and since then it has grown into a worldwide business serving the metals production industry at over 300 separate locations. The timeline below shows some the key milestones in our history.
1988 - Delivery & Installation of the first SCM
1998 - Installation of the first Thin Slab SCM
2000 - Sarclad is acquired by The Heico Companies
Our company was acquired by a privately owned, US based group joining their successful portfolio of industrial companies. Heico have continued to actively support and improve our business from this time and provide a strong base for our global activities.
2006 - Delivery & Installation of the first In-chain SCM
2012 - Opening of the Sarclad China facility in Shanghai
To support our activities in the rapidly expanding Chinese steel sector, Sarclad opened an office in Shanghai. We lead the market in China for EDT machines thanks to our focus on providing increasingly sophisticated texturing technology to the key steel producers – in turn allowing them to supply high quality steel product to the world’s leading auto manufacturers.
2012 - Relocation to the Advanced Manufacturing Park
In 2012 Sarclad relocated from Chesterfield to 13,597 sq ft of office space at the Evolution development involving a £1.6m investment.
The official opening ceremony was performed by Master Cutler, Pam Liversidge and the president and CEO of Heico, Sarclad’s parent company.
Pam Liversidge, Master Cutler, said: “Manufacturing is what the UK needs to be based on. Sarclad is a name with a history of quality, and is based on the three “I”s of innovation, investment and international trade.”
2015 - Opening of the Sarclad India facility in Bangalore
2018 - Installation of the first ECO EDT
Our first ECO EDT was delivered to a customer in Turkey. The ECOnomical Electro Discharge Texturing machine is specifically designed for small capacity texturing requirements and provides a low-cost entry point for steel producers who wish to move away from more basic texturing processes such as shot blast. The ECO EDT delivers the same quality texturing as full-size machines but reduced automation features allows a lower cost
2018 - Digital Rollscan is launched
The latest version of the Sarclad Rollscan is released – almost 40 years after the original design came on to the market. The new Rollscan is fully digital and has three measurement modes – eddy current, compression wave ultrasonic and creep wave ultrasonic – and comes with a number of interface improvements that greatly simplify operation whilst improving crack detection reliability.