A Chinese company which set up its European base in Sheffield to buy from local manufacturers has been as good as its word, placing its first order – worth £190,000 – at the AMP.
CISDI UK, a subsidiary of China’s global engineering giant CISDI, opened its £2.2million offices at Victoria Quays in May with the promise of spending its Yuans extensively in the Sheffield City Region.
The procurement and design company has a shopping list of hi-tec, hi-spec engineering components for CISDI construction contracts around the globe.
Its first deal, for a remote strand condition monitor, a hi-tech quality control device to be used for a steel casting machine, has been struck with Sarclad Ltd on Whittle Way.
Sarclad is a world-leading provider of technology-based products to help metal producers reduce manufacturing costs and improve product quality.
CISDI UK MD John Lester commented: “ We are delighted to be buying from Sarclad, a company with a vast amount of expertise in the metals industry.
“The order will be heading for China, where our parent company CISDI Group will incorporate it into a continuous casting plant it has won a contract to build for Sha Steel in Zhangjiagang, in the Jiangsu province.
“There will be further orders to come from that project and we hope to place as many as possible within the Sheffield City Region.
“CISDI UK has a further £1.3million of procurement and design orders from China to fulfil on components within our first year, particularly those made to such long tradition in the local area.”
Sarclad, which has expanded around the world since launching in 1977, now supplies quality equipment to all of the leading steel manufacturers and suppliers across 46 different countries. It moved from Chesterfield to the AMP in 2012.
The company has welcomed the new local gateway to Chinese trade, opened by CISDI UK’s arrival.
“Having CISDI located in Sheffield provides a direct link to the huge export market in China and will benefit not only Sarclad but other manufacturers and suppliers throughout the country,” said MD Richard Cowlishaw.
“We feel proud and honoured to have received the first order issued from its new Sheffield office,” he added.
“Our equipment will be used for measuring the critical parameters of a steel casting machine to ensure the highest quality of the cast steel slabs. It is custom-designed and manufactured entirely in the UK.
“The world-leading, hi-tech engineering equipment Sarclad offers satisfies CISDI’s requirements in many areas of the steel industry, from steel casting to inspection and the texturing of rolling mill rolls.”
Since March, Sarclad has secured further orders for steel plants in China and Germany. Also supplying to plants in Canada, Turkey, Belgium, Saudi Arabia and Brazil.