ENGINEERING: Belmet Just Keeps Growing
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BELMET, the Cape Town-based steel fabricator that has been operating in the international offshore oil and gas and marine industries for over two decades, reports strong organic growth in the past few years with many large contracts secured for both the Cape Town and Walvis Bay operations.
Seven years ago Belmet realised that to be a world class player it had to up their approach to the business and one aspect was to embark on a major health and safety programme. The implementation was most successful and Belmet achieved OHSAS18001 certification in June 2007 as a stand-alone system and again in 2009 with its ISO9001 as a fully integrated quality, health and safety management system.
In September 2011 Belmet achieved a major milestone by having worked two million man hours without a lost time injury – the last injury occurring in September 2004. What makes this feat remarkable is the scale of the projects undertaken by Belmet over the period, but credit must be given to the number of international clients that not only audited Belmet, but offered sound advice and hands-on support of Belmet’s safety initiatives.
Belmet Namibia was established in 2010 and the installation of a CNC dual Oxy/Fuel and Plasma profile cutting machine has offered many of the local operations the ease of receiving cut-to-size steel plate in Walvis Bay, rather than having to wait for delivery from South Africa.
This facility has also been pivotal in enabling Belmet to secure large projects in Namibia and added significant value to the clients that have found Walvis Bay an attractive port in which to do business.
The long term prospects based on recent oil discoveries in Namibia definitely places Belmet in a strong position for future growth. Belmet has guesthouse and accommodation facilities to support the fabrication operation.
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