Heat transfer specialist Fulton celebrated its move to a new £3.5 million, 43,000 sq. ft. Bristol-basedheadquarters recently and was joined by over 60 customers, suppliers and dignitaries, including US-based owners Ronald and Bram Palm and Honorary President of the Combustion Engineers Association (CEA) – and lover of all things steam – Pete Waterman.
In his speech, Pete Waterman welcomed Fulton’s decision to bring the manufacturing of its larger boiler pressure vessels for UK and Export markets from Fulton’s facility in China to Bristol, at a time when many manufacturers are doing the opposite. Despite the many local, national and international obstacles Fulton faced, he also praised the company for maintaining its presence in Bristol and protecting the jobs of local people.
Bristol-based heat transfer specialist Fulton has supplied Prysmian Group’s Bishopstoke facility a skid-mounted electric boiler and ancillaries, steam from which is being used to cure the insulation applied to the company’s electric cables.
Commenting on the process, Prysmian’s Nicolas Chevaux explains that curing is used to strengthen and increase the heat resistance of the insulation. “Without the process, the insulation would have a lower temperat ure resistance and hence the cable would have a lower current rating.”
Fulton's move to new Bristol-based facility will see pressure vessel manufacturing return to the UK
Heat transfer specialist Fulton Limited is moving to a new 43,000 sq. ft. Bristol-based headquarters on Monday, 3 June 2013.
The Fulton name has been synonymous with steam since 1949 when the company introduced the vertical tubeless steam boiler in the USA. The UK company, which was founded in Bristol in 1966, is now established as a leading manufacturer of thermal heat transfer systems for applications such as water heating, steam sterilisation and processing.
Formed in 1986, DGI is one of the largest insulation specialists in the UK and has, since 2005, been manufacturing its own cavity wall bead at its Worcester-based Thermabead facility, where the first Fulton skid-mounted steam boiler system – the 30J model - was installed.
With business growing rapidly thanks to government improvement grants for energy-saving home insulation and DGI winning support to promote the only programme able to offer a 20% more efficient carbon-saver bead, the company quickly expanded its installer and processing divisions and now has a manufacturing plant in Manchester (using the first of the 40J-based boiler systems), with a third facility – known as ‘Project X’ – currently in the planning stages.
In response to demand for boilers with capacities greater than the 4,787 kg/h of its RBC range, Fulton Limited is launching the FB range of rugged, robust and reliable horizontal firetube boilers in Europe. The introduction means that Fulton can now offer customers a range of traditional three-pass, wetback firetube boilers that can be configured for gas, oil or dual-fuel installations and for either steam or hot water applications.
Commenting on the launch of the new horizontal firetube range, Fulton’s sales and marketing
manager Carl Knight says: “The FB range is ideal for a variety of applications including largescale
laundries that currently rely on Fulton horizontal boilers to provide a steady supply of steam for ironers, presses, washers and tunnels; as well as companies requiring steam or hot water for space heating; food, plastics and chemical processing; and pharmaceutical and biofuel production.”
For over twenty five years, Midland Linen Services has been providing table and bed linen and chef’s wear to universities, hotels, clubs and restaurants within a fifty mile radius of its Birmingham-based facility. In that time, the company’s boiler replacement policy has seen them purchase four steam boilers, but they have always stayed loyal to one manufacturer – Fulton!
When Midland Linen was founded in 1985, managing director Jeffrey Yapp approached Fulton and a 60E vertical gas-fired boiler was specified and installed to provide steam to heat water for the washing machines and produce steam for the calendar ironers and garment presses. In 1995 and 1997, to meet increasing demand, two more Fulton 60E boilers were installed and, in 2001, Midland Linen’s original 16 year old 60E was replaced with Fulton’s latest 60J vertical steam boiler.
Eleven years on, with demand still increasing and Midland Linen now operating three calendar ironers and eleven washing machines, the company has instigated its boiler replacement policy and again approached Fulton. On this occasion, the 60E gas-fired steam boiler installed in 1995 has been replaced with a second 60J, ensuring that Midland Linen continues to provide a disruption-free service to its customers.