C&D Industrial Services Ltd is one of the UK’s leading integrated service providers for both the public and private sectors. The company operates as part of the C&D Group, which in turn is part of the KAEFER Group, one of the world’s largest industrial services companies. Currently the C&D Group has over 900 employees, with 12 branch offices across England, Scotland and Wales. “C&D Industrial Services Ltd was initially established in 1971 as an industrial insulation company,” explains Simon Hudson, sales and marketing manager. “In 1996, following a management buyout by the current company directors, the business expanded into providing other integrated services, and specialist access and scaffolding systems. In 1999 we established our specialist production facility in Jarrow Tyne & Wear, for the design, fabrication and installation of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for ships and offshore platforms.”
In fact the C&D Group of Companies is a sought after partner in other sectors. C&D maintains clients within the oil and gas, petrochemical, LNG, power generation, utilities, nuclear, commercial property, engineering and manufacturing industries. “One of our larger clients is E.ON UK, where we provide integrated services and project support for their fleet of coal, gas and biomass power plants. The KAEFER group provides related services to EDF in France and RWE
In addition to HVAC C&D provides a wide range of services which includes access and scaffolding, insulation, industrial painting, architectural fit-out and asbestos management and removal. The dual capabilities of C&D, in terms of fabrication and integrated services, means that where necessary on a project, it can incorporate both into a single solution. Unsurprisingly, given the roots of the company, the C&D Group of Companies is one of the UK’s leading providers of industrial insulation services and is a member of the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA). The company has a wealth of technical expertise and contract experience in the provision of thermal, acoustic and cryogenic insulation services throughout the UK. To meet the needs of a diverse range of clients, C&D offers an integrated service package of service disciplines enabling clients to receive a full spectrum of services from a single contact point.
Maintaining such a broad industry spectrum of clients means C&D undertakes a vast array of different projects. Simon highlights some of the company’s most recent contracts: “We have been involved in major shutdown and plant re-life work at the Ratcliffe power station near Nottingham. We are also working on the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) project at the same site, which is a significant emissions control scheme. Both of these projects are being undertaken by E.ON and another contractor. Similar technology will be rolled out and fitted to participating coal fired power stations in the next few years, if they wish to continue operating beyond 2015. We have also been involved in providing specialist cryogenic insulation to the two new LNG importation and storage facilities in South Wales – Dragon and South Hook which the UK is now increasingly reliant on for energy supplies.
“Within the marine industry we are manufacturing HVAC systems for the two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers currently being constructed in modular form around the UK, with final assembly taking place in Scotland. C&D are also installing these systems at the various construction yards participating in the project. So as you might expect to ensure continuity there is quite a lot of integration between ourselves, the client and other subcontractors.”
Looking at the kind of challenges these projects bring Simon comments: “Obviously on any project you need to ensure that you have the required skills level and the right mix of personnel to complete the contract safely and efficiently. Time scales for project completion can be a challenge, but achievable based on C&D’s experience in maintaining good industrial relations with the relevant parties.
“Clearly whatever the project however large or small, safety is our highest priority, so a constant requirement is maintaining the skill set of our employees to ensure they are operating safely whatever the working environment and up to date with any legislative changes.”
C&D has a dedicated SHEQ resource, made up of safety experts to maintain its high operating standards. The SHEQ team works with clients to ensure best practice, and wherever possible identifies and implements Groupsafety initiatives or improvements.
Being part of the internationally established KAEFER Group means that C&D is able to draw upon the skills and experience of this larger partner. “From a technical aspect KAEFER’s research and development capabilities are a real benefit to the company,” describes Simon. “Their R&D facilities enables us to trial a range of products in different operating conditions, and assess the sustainability side of new insulation materials to ensure they are safe and offer value for money in use.”
This is particularly valuable in terms of the new build nuclear sector, particularly with KAEFER’s developments in the application of reflective and vacuum based insulation technologies.
Although the recession brought with it challenges for every industry, C&D Industrial Services’ broad mix of clients and careful approach to contracts means that it is in an enviable position moving forwards: “As a company we know what we are capable of, so prior to bidding on or undertaking any project we ensure that we can offer the right level of skill to the client. Over the next year or two we are looking to consolidate our capabilities, and in particular build up our skills set so that we can better compete in the new-build nuclear sector. KAEFER is one of the main suppliers to the European nuclear industry and this, combined with our reputation for safe operations within this means we are in a strong position to meet the needs of the growing nuclear market,” concludes Simon.